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Thread: Seagate XT 2TB SATA3 6Gb on Giga EX58-UD7




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    Default Seagate XT 2TB SATA3 6Gb on Giga EX58-UD7

    Just got my hands on the new top end X58 board from Gigabyte, the X58A-UD7.
    Been looking forward to this, really want to do some testing with a SATA3 6Gb HDD.
    I started off using a W3570 for some pre-testing, but the F2 bios picks it up as a W3565 and would not give me a multi over 23 (even a W3565 has a 24)a bios update fixed this issue.
    Though for the HDD testing I did change the cpu to a 960.

    But for now, lets have a look at the board.

    The standerd white and blue type box we have come to see from their X58 and P55 range.


    The board itself


    Socket area.


    What I really want to look into, SATA2 and SATA3 6Gb ports.
    GSATA3_6 and GSATA3_7 (the first 2 white ports after the blue ones) are the connectors using the Marvell 9128 chip, to give the board SATA 6Gb/s.


    The backpanel, lots going on here.
    1 x PS/2 keyboard port
    1 x PS/2 mouse port
    1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
    1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    1 x clearing CMOS button
    2 x IEEE 1394a ports
    4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    2 x USB 3.0 ports
    2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
    2 x RJ-45 port
    6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)


    Standerd lot of accessories.


    And here is the drive I'll be testing with, the new Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA3 6Gb Hard Drive.


    Here's a shot of the board with tri crossfire setup.


    W3570 @ 4300Mhz, 3 X 5870's 1000/1300
    Last edited by Deanzo; 01-28-2010 at 07:25 AM.

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    Default Re: Seagate XT 2TB SATA3 6Gb on Giga EX58-UD7

    Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA3 6Gb Hard Drive

    Seagate was kind enough to send me their top of the line HDD. The Barracuda XT 2TB, that comes with 4 platters, 64MB of cache, 7200 RPM and a sustained data rate of 138 MB/s
    Full list of spec's form their website below.

    Specifications
    Model Number -------------- ST32000641AS
    Interface --------------------- SATA 6Gb/s
    Cache ------------------------- 64MB
    Capacity ---------------------- 2 TB
    Areal density (avg) --------- 347 Gbits/inch2
    Guaranteed Sectors -------- 3,907,029,168
    Physical
    Height (max) ---------------- 26.1 mm (1.028 inches)
    Width (max) ----------------- 101.6 mm (4.0 inches)
    Length (max) ---------------- 146.99 mm (5.787 inches)
    Weight (typical) ------------- 700 grams (1.543 pounds)
    Performance
    Spindle Speed ------------------ 7200 rpm
    Sustained data transfer rate - 138 null
    Average latency ---------------- 4.16 msec
    Random read seek time ------- 8.5 msec
    Random write seek time ------ 9.5 msec
    null ------------------------------- 600 null
    Reliability
    MTBF --------------------------- 750,000 hours
    Annual Failure Rate ---------- 0.34
    Unrecoverable read errors ---- 1 in 10^14
    Power
    12V start max current ------- 2.8 amps
    Average idle current --------- 6.39 watts
    Eevironment
    Ambient Temperature
    Operating ------------------- 5 to60 degrees C
    Nonoperating --------------- -40 to70 degrees C
    Maximum operating temperature change ----- 20 degrees C per hour
    Maximum nonoperating temperature change -- 30 degrees C per hour
    Shock
    Operating Shock (max) ------ 63 Gs null 2 msec
    Nonoperating Shock (max) --- 300 Gs null 2 msec
    Acoustics
    Acoustics (Idle Volume) ------ 2.8 bels
    Acoustics (Seek Volume) ----- 3.2 bels

    I started out wanting to see what gains there would be with the new Marvell SE9128 high speed interface over the standard ICH10 using one of these new drives.
    To my surprise it's virtually non-existant. So I changed tact and compared it to one of it's predecessors, unfortumately I no longer have any 7200.11 drives so I'm using an older Barracuda 7200.10 320Gb HDD.

    I'll list 3 set's of numbers, the XT on both the Marvell's and Intel's controllers. As well as the 7200.10 on the ICH10.
    I also made a 320Gb partition on the XT and re-ran some of the tests just for laughs.

    All testing was done on a clean install of Win7 64bit, ATI drivers 9:12.
    No special tweaks or optimisations of any kind have been used. Just a standard install how the majority of end users would do it.

    Benchmarks used:
    ATTO Disk Benchmark
    HD Tune Pro
    CrystalDiskMark
    HD Tach

    These results are only really comparable to each other, but they will give you and indication of the variance to expect.

    ATTO Benchmark



    HD Tune Pro

    Last edited by Deanzo; 01-28-2010 at 07:26 AM.

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    Default Re: Seagate XT 2TB SATA3 6Gb on Giga EX58-UD7

    CrystalDiskMark



    HD Tach




    EDIT: The Black doesn't read very well on the charts, I'll change that to White tonight.
    Last edited by Deanzo; 01-28-2010 at 07:26 AM.

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