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Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 Review
By: DMOS
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    2004-11-08

    Table of Contents:
  • Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 Review
  • Future Compatibility
  • Buffers
  • Power and Jumpers
  • Winbench '99
  • DivX
  • Conclusion

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    Hitachi Deskstar 7k250 Review

    From this graphic, you can see a slight, for all intents and purposes inconsequential, advantage for the 7K250. This is more a result of the hapless stock speed of the Sempron 3100+. Upon overclocking, there is a measurable disparity, though not by much. There's only so much a single drive can do in a data intensive application like DivX encoding. However, at the current state of 1.8GHz, the CPU is the limiting factor more than the drives themselves. The 2 pass encoding was of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Movie DVD, compressed to a 1400MB file.

    Hitachi Deskstar 7k250 Review

    When it comes to mixing the mp3 audio file with the compressed DivX video, the 120GXP fell far behind. Again, this is a strictly hard drive limited application, the processor hardly moves off of idle.

    Hitachi Deskstar 7k250 Review

    Nandub is a tool used to split .AVI files, such as the rather large DivX version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we have created, to ensure the DVD from Pizza Hut stays in "collector’s item" condition. Breaking the original file into two is another disk heavy task. The time taken for this to complete by the 7K250 is alarmingly quicker than that of the 120GXP. This is a nice example illustrating that the transfer rate differences seen in the Winbench '99 test aren't just for show.

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