The U10's slower accesses
come to haunt it in the high-level WinBench 99
WinMarks. Despite its higher sequential transfer rates, the Seagate drive lags behind Quantum's offering by a margin of 8% in the Business Disk WinMark 99
. The margin increases in the High-End WinMark
, where the U10 trails the lct10
by a margin of 12%.
We should take a moment to note that the lct10, while our current 5400rpm Leaderboard choice, isn't itself a standout it ZD's benchmark. Drives such as Maxtor's DiamondMax VL20 and Western Digital's Caviar WD307AA outperform the Quantum by margins of 20% or more.
As we've indicated before, the real test lies with Intel's IOMeter. Let's take a look at how the U10 fares there.