wd3200bekt 00pvmt0 hdtune Quick Test: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB WD3200BEKT 00PVMT0

VR-Zone.com found a new revision of the Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB lurking on store shelves late last month. Just last week, Western Digital announced its two-platter Scorpio Black 750GB hard drives. Now you’re wondering: is the WD3200BEKT-00PVMT0 a single 320GB platter, or even a short-stroked 375GB platter? We got this particular drive to do a little workout in HD Tune for us.

wd3200bekt 00pvmt0 Quick Test: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB WD3200BEKT 00PVMT0

VR-Zone.com stumbled upon a new revision of the Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB lurking on store shelves late last month, the WD3200BEKT-00PVMT0.

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This particular drive was manufactured on 6 December 2010. It is probably one of the earliest -00PVMT0 revision drives to be available.

 

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The back of the WD3200BEKT-00PVMT0 looks no different from other 9.5mm models in Western Digital’s lineup.

 

wd3200bekt 00pvmt0 weight Quick Test: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB WD3200BEKT 00PVMT0

At 108g, it does seem to be on the heavy side for a single platter drive. For the record, the two-platter Hitachi 7K500 500GB which we have weighs exactly the same.

 


 

Performance

We then put the WD3200BEKT-00PVMT0 through a quick run of HD Tune to roughly gauge its performance.

 

Sequential Read in HD Tune 4.60

wd3200bekt 00pvmt0 read Quick Test: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB WD3200BEKT 00PVMT0

 

Sequential Write in HD Tune 4.60

wd3200bekt 00pvmt0 write Quick Test: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB WD3200BEKT 00PVMT0

 

Samsung’s SpinPoint MP4 series uses up to two 320GB platters for a maximum capacity of 640GB. From our HD Tune run, it appears that this drive is just about as quick as Samsung’s Spinpoint MP4 series, which makes the WD3200BEKT-00PVMT0 a single platter 320GB drive.

 


 

Something that (perhaps only) geeks hate: vibration

Apparently Western Digital did release a (rather slow) single platter 320GB way back in January 2010, the WD3200BEKT-00A25T0. However, that platter design was available only on the 250GB and 320GB Scorpio Blacks. While performance does not surpass the present Scorpio Black 500GB WD5000BEKT-00KA9T0, the WD3200BEKT-00A25T0 was definitely lighter and had very little rotational vibration. Whereas for the WD3200BEKT-00PVMT0 tested today, although it was not as vibration free as the -00A25T0, it was better than the -00KA9T0.

According to users’ feedback, vibrations can be felt through the chassis of several laptops containing the Scorpio Black. On the other hand, Hitachi’s 7K500 boasts best-in-class vibration even with the two-platter 500GB model – it vibrates less than even a single platter Scorpio Black.