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Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200.8 Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200.8: Games, applications, and media files are using up more space than ever. We look at Seagate's answer to that problem.
Date: May 19, 2005
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Multitasking with Business Winstone 2004

The NCQ enabled drives rule the roost in the multitasking tests. Even the older 7200.7 drive in a single drive configuration is able to edge out the 74GB Raptor. The 7200.8 holds the crown though in both single and RAID.

Sysmark Office 2004

NCQ has no impact here as the Raptors finish first and second with the Barracuda 7200.8 tying the 36GB Raptor for second. RAID has little impact here as the scores match the single drive setup.

Sysmark Content Creation 2004

Much the same in the Content Creation tests, with the Barracuda 7200.8 needing a RAID0 setup to tie the single 74GB Raptor.

Doom 3 Load Test

Far Cry Load Test

Unreal Tournament 2004 Load Test

In the game load tests, one thing that is clear is that RAID0 does not do much to speed up the loading of game levels. The 74GB Raptor is generally the fastest drive in these tests, but the 7200.8 improves upon the 7200.7's performance.

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