Western Digital AV-GP WD20EVDS

This hard drive comes from Western Digital’s AV-GP line, which comprises of models designed to perform in audio video applications whilst offering low power consumption, noise and heat

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Western Digital AV-GP WD20EVDS
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  August 10, 2009

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Key Specs

Cache: 32MB
Capacity: 2TB
Form factor: 3.5-inch
Interface: Serial ATA II
Price: $260

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This hard drive comes from Western Digital’s AV-GP line, which comprises of models designed to perform in audio video applications whilst offering low power consumption, noise and heat.

Our WD20EVDS test sample is the top of the range model, offers 2Tbytes of storage capacity and packs a collosal 32Mbytes of cache memory. Should you have lighter storage needs however, the range kicks off with a capacity of 160Gbytes. The hard drive is designed for desktop machines and thus features a 3.5-inch formfactor and since it’s setup for power efficiency, low noise and heat, the WD20EVDS features Western Digital’s IntelliPower, IntelliSeek and IntelliPark.

On the performance front the drive performed well thanks to its high-density storage platters. In our synthetic HDTach3 benchmark, the drive returned an average read speed of 81.3Mbytes/sec and a burst speed of 233.9Mbytes/sec. In comparison the Caviar Green WD10EADS (reviewed in our February issue) managed 77Mbytes/sec and 232.8Mbytes/sec. In our real world tests, the drive took 22- and 23-seconds to complete our Company of Heroes and F.E.A.R level load trials. The older Green needed 30- and 21- seconds respectively, which means this new drive is slightly faster, making it a good choice for the heavy demands of audio video applications.

In terms of power saving, the WD20EVDS performs well again. With the drive turned on, our PC drew just an additional 5-watts of power and when working, the AV-GP demanded just 6.2-watts, making it quite power efficient. The drive was also completely silent in use and depsite hours of testing, it became only very midly warm to the touch.

Verdict: A great drive for audio video use thanks to its balanced performance, low noise and minuscule appetite for power.

2727 days ago
chandrasekhar
User rating: 3 stars

Pros: good

Cons: all thing is good

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