Test Methodlogy - Page 1
This article has the propose to explain how our tests are performed
and give some additional information that doesn't covered at our hardware reviews.
Our main interest when designing the test platform was to have the ultimate
performance among with the higher stability. The tests of hard disks is complicated
issue and our tests try to unveile each drive's performance and any possible
- Test Machine
For our tests we chosen Intel's P4 platform. Our test machine
assempled from the following parts
- MotherBoard: AOpen
- CPU: P4 at 1.5Ghz
- Memory: 512MB DDR266
- CPU Cooler: AOpen
- SVGA: AOpen
- Case: AOpen
- Mouse: AOpen
- Network: AOpen
- Sound: AOpen
- SCSI Controller: Adaptec
29160 (firmware 3.10)
- CD-RW Drive: AOpen
CRW3248 (firmware 1.00)
- DVD+RW: AOpen
RW5120A (firmware 1.37)
- FireWire Card (IEE1394)
All tests are performed under WinXP Pro operating system with
all latest fixes/patches. All disks are installed as MASTER in the secondary
IDE Bus. At the Primary IDE Bus IBM's DTLA 30730 (ATA100) disk is being used.
All tested drives are logical fixed drives ,under DOS 6.22, with Fdisk command.
No partitions are specified. All cables are ATA66/100/133 certified in order
to have the maximum performance.