Date: December 3rd, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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For the benchmarking of this drive, I found that it would be good to test and compare this drive with what is and still today seems to be one of the faster harddrive names on the market. This unit will be a Quantum Fireball 30Gb ATA-100 Plus AS.
Intel P4 2.8Ghz 533Mhz FSB CPU
Soyo P4X400 Motherboard
512 Megs Mushkin DDR3200 (AKA DDR400)
Windows XP Professional
Samsung Spinpoint AP4002H ATA-100 40Gb drive
Quantum Fireball 30Gb ATA-100 Plus AS
Okok, enough with the setup, lets let her rip..... PPPffttt.... Oops, wrong rip.
Sisoft Sandra 2002 SP1
A good mainstay in drive benchmarking if you compare using the same version, this suite tests the overall performance of the drive and stresses the hell out of it.
The benchmark seemed to be a little low in my books. But everyone has to understand, the performance of this drive is slightly being hindered by the fact that WinXP is actually installed and running on this drive while benchmarking.
Interestingly enough, the quantum drive still benchmarked lower and was completely clean and formatted with not a single process running on it. Starts to make the Samsung drive look even better doesn't it.
HD Speed Benchmark
Just before we start with this benchmark, I could not use the write test contained within this testing program without completely destroying the contents of the samsung drive. At the time of testing, the drive was being used in my main computer and the risk of destroying my work could not be risked. This bench will test the read and read burst of these drives and will give you a good comparison as to how fast programs will execute seeing that is what mainly the hard drive is doing during computer startup, program starting etc...
Just as a starting off point, I did a basic read test using the Samsung Drive.
A very interesting seeing that the quantum was almost 10 or more Mb/sec slower than the Samsung
Let's see how they both fair in the Read burst test.
Again, the Samsung drive is used as a starting off point.
The quantum makes up some ground, but just does not have what it takes to overtake the Samsung.