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Benchmark Results: SYSmark 2007 Preview

Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive: Does It Make Sense?

We decided to run SYSmark 2007 to get a better impression on the performance differences between the aged Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 and the new 7K500.

The e-learning test runs Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator, Macromedia Flash, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Apparently, there is a measurable throughput increase when using the newer drive.

The productivity benchmark of SYSmark 2007 is based on MS Office applications, MS Project, and WinZip 10.0. It benefits from the faster drive, but not in any meaningful way.

The overall SYSmark 2007 rating is considerably higher for the system running the newer Travelstar 7K500 versus the Travelstar 7K200. Clearly, the new drive makes sense here, mainly because of its positive impact in the video creation test.

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    goozaymunanos , 31 January 2010 23:17
    stick an SSD in there, whadda you NUTS?!
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    goozaymunanos , 31 January 2010 23:22
    less weight, less noise, less heat, less power draw (uh-huh!), 10 times the shock resistance, double the read bandwidth of normal HD's..

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    Anonymous , 3 February 2010 01:04
    You forgot 10 times the price. I hope they manage to perfect racetrack memory soon, if you'll excuse the cliche that would give us the best of both worlds.
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    ik242 , 4 February 2010 04:51
    certainly numbers speak for the new drive but i wonder if the recorded performance improvements could be (at least in part) due to better organization of files (not fragmented and possible some redundant junk not included). i would not mind to see same setup restored back onto original hdd (maybe after format).
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    MrToady , 6 February 2010 20:24
    What about us guys out there with old 2.5" IDE laptop drives? Is it worth splashing out on a new drive and more RAM for Windows 7? We can,t all afford SSD,s. It would be pointless anyway with an IDE interface, right?
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    njoy , 9 February 2010 03:25
    I'd be a lot more interested to see an article about benefits of stepping up from 5400rpm to 7200 rather than this. Seriously, who in their right mind would want to spend money on a similar (read "same") drive for such little gains? On the flip side, I'm sure there are many people with 320 and 500GB 5400rpm drives who would like to know exactly what the benefits are and whether it worth the money or not...