Despite the small differences in low-level marks, the gain posted by the Cheetah 18XL over the 36LP
in WinBench 99's Business Disk WinMark
is substantial. The smaller drive cruises by its larger brother by a margin of 14%. The difference in the High-End
test shrinks somewhat, however. Here the 18XL comes out on top by 7%.
Many readers are likely interested in comparisons between the Cheetah 18XL and StorageReview.com's current leaderboard champ, the Quantum Atlas 10k II. Despite its gains over the 36LP, the 18XL simply can't keep up with the Quantum drive when it comes to WinBench 99. In such a comparison, the 18XL falls behind the Atlas by margins of 15% and 25% respectively in the Business and High-End Disk WinMarks.
However, everyone knows that these days, IOMeter is where the action is here at StorageReview.com. Let's see how the 18XL stacks up in this more important test.