New 500GB Seagate SATA2 7200.11 32MB Cache (ST3500320AS)

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  1. Boxman

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    I thought some people might be interested in these new drives. I picked one up earlier today and threw HDTune at it. It's a fair improvement over my older ST3320620AS even just in general usage. Graphs below:

    Test system:

    Gigabyte P35-DS3P rev 1.1
    L739B639 Q6600 stock
    4 x 1024MB Hynix FP-S5 based DDR2-800 5-5-5-18
    Pioneer DVR-215 SATA DVD-RW on ICH9R primary channel
    80GB Seagate ST380815AS on ICH9R (3.AAC Firmware)
    320GB Seagate ST3320620AS on ICH9R (3.AAD Firmware)
    500GB Seagate ST3500320AS on ICH9R (FD15 Firmware)
    Write caching enabled on all drives
    Running Vista Ultimate x64, fresh and updated (w/o SP1 RC1)


    ST3500320AS (7200.11 with 32MB Cache)
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    ST3320620AS (7200.10 with 16MB Cache)
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    Does anyone have the older 16MB cache version for comparison?

    There's been a bit of a price drop on these recently, although they still are in the more expensive class of 500GB drives. I noticed that the usual 320GB drives are much harder to find now. I tried 3 diffferent vendors and none had stock. Apparently these new 7200.11's are just as popular talking to some stockists.
     
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  2. eva2000

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    very nice is that empty drive or drive partitioned with data ?
     
  3. T101

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    i just bought 2 of those and 1 750gb Seagate sata 32mb 7200.11 drive.
     
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    Very nice! Quite a bit quicker than the Samshit 32MB cache drives and the random access is better too. Might have to get some of these. Cheers for the results Boxxy.
     
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    The 500GB drive was empty, freshly activated and formatted to NTFS. The graph for the 320GB drive was taken with it 10GB off full. I may have an older test with it less full. I will see if I can find it a moment. Ok, it's very similar and the drive was close to empty IIRC.

    K8NXP-SLi nForce 4 SLi board
    Opteron 170 stock
    2 x 1024MB Infineon based DDR400 3-3-3-8
    The same 80GB drive as above on nForce 4 port
    The same 320GB drive as above on nForce 4 port
    Both with write caching enabled

    ST3320620AS
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    As you can see, not much different even though the drive was on the NForce chipset ports.

    Running RAID? I bought 2 also but for separate systems unfortunately. How does the 750GB drive compare to the 500's?

    Wow, that is a bit different. Thanks for the comparison Power.
     
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  7. TheOneWhoIsMany

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    Damn those newer drivers run cool. That or you guys have much better ventilated cases than me.
     
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    wow why such a huge difference in cpu utilisation between power and boxman's tests?? 2.5% vs 25%!!
     
  9. Modafroman

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    Ooh nice, I think I might pick up a few of these after christmas when umart opens up again.... currently running out of space :( (2gb free out of 880gb :| )
     
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    motherboard SATA controller differences i assume
     
  11. Fortigurn

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    Those are Raptor like speeds. I'm impressed. :shock:
     
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    i've seen a few of the newer drives best raptors in certain raw speeds but once you look at the more "rugged" style benchs where it's obviously having to do a bit more work and deal with smaller files then the raptors wipe the floor with them. still... a very impressive result
     
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    i think my machine's a little busier that and both my drives are almost full of data
     
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    I'm running practically caseless, but the drive was also in the idle state. It does seem cooler to the touch than my other drives when in operation though.

    These drives are connected as secondary storage so they have little idle usage from other programs/OS processes. It's a squeaky clean install with the latest drivers so that also helps.

    Yes, that seems to be the general consensus. These drives seem to shine when tranferring large volumes of data from point A to point B but not in cases where the drive had to seek alot. A raptor will still beat it in demanding applications where random access/responsiveness is important. I do wonder what 2 or more in RAID would look like though :D.

    Performance differences are there though, there's no placebo effect. Just like most drives the performance seems to degrade as they fill up so it's best to use them filled at a lower capacity if performance is paramount. I'm using these drives primarily for high res encoding projects, hence the above system configuration, so they will remain largely empty unless I'm working on something.

    Yes, a few different factors there influence that reading. I would think too much of it.
     
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    Does having a drive full of data really make a difference? I thought HDTune and HDTach used synthetic data when performing tests.
     
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    Is MCGTech the cheapest place to buy these right now? Or is there a shop in USA that will ship to Aus?
     
  17. Modafroman

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    Just got one this arvo.... I must say, its bloody fast, and runs about 6-7 degrees cooler than my 7200.10's.

    500GB 7200.11 32MB:
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    320GB 7200.10 16MB:
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    Both drives are about 50% full. The graphs are a bit strange because windows is indexing and thumbnailing or something atm :lol:
     
  18. Sub.Zer0

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    Nice results there Mod... and I love ur avatar as well. I have 2 of these babies on order myself but my supplier is still catching up with all the orders from the holiday season. Once I get them, I'll be comparing them to my raptors.
     
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    Would these be faster than the 7200.11 750GB and 1TB models? I realise the bang for buck factor isn't great on these larger models but I'm running out of physical space and only have around 100GB total free across all of my hard drives in my main rig. I was looking towards the WD's but I've always been partial to the faster (usually) seagates (bad sectors and all! ;) ).
     
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