by November 1, 2004 0 comments



This drive isn’t too different from WD2500SD 250 GB SATA drive, the other WD SATA drive we’ve reviewed. It’s also a 250 GB with 7200 rpm speed, 8 MB buffer and 2 ms track to track seek time. In terms of raw throughputs, this was only a hair lower than the WD SATA drive and higher than Maxtor and Seagate’s SATA offerings. In real-world transfer rates (business and high-end disk winmarks), it scored average compared to Seagate and Maxtor, but slightly higher than the other WD drive we tested. While it gave a lower score in the Business Disk Winmark, its high-end disk winmark scores were slightly higher in most apps, making it a better buy for desktop usage. It comes with secure connect feature in its SATA cable, allowing fastening of SATA cable more securely. 

Winbench 99 test
results
Test\Model WD2500SD  WD2500JD Maxtor Diamond
Max Plus 9 SATA
Seagate
Barracuda,
SATA        Model
ST3160023AS
Business Disk WinMark 99 13500 12800 18400 18000
High-End Disk WinMark 99 35900 36300 49300 43000
AVS/Express 3.4 46800 34600 41100 40500
FrontPage 98 162000 165000 374000 332000
MicroStation SE 27400 30400 61400 60300
Photoshop 4.0 17900 18500 18200 14900
Premiere 4.2 27400 32000 53600 44200
Soundforge 4.0 70400 55800 105000 93400
Visual C++ 5.0 40900 46100 63600 55500
Disk Access Time
(Milliseconds)
13.8 13.7 13.5 12.9
Disk CPU Utilization (%) 95 94.9 x x
Start Disk Transfer Rate 60600 60500 55000 56900
End Disk Transfer Rate 37800 37800 31600 32600

The bottom line: A good buy considering its price tag. People who require large storage capacity can use it.

CyberMedia Labs

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