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Atlas 10k II vs. Cheetah 36LP


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Quantum's Atlas 10k II vs. Seagate's Cheetah 36LP: A Grudge Match!
  July 16, 2000 Author: Eugene Ra  

WB99/Win2k WinMarks

 Testbed II  WB99/Win2k WinMarks  Details... 
Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Quantum Atlas 10k II 2nd Sample - 8763 |
Quantum Atlas 10k II 1st Sample - 8247 |
Seagate Cheetah 36LP 2nd Sample - 7040 |
Seagate Cheetah 36LP 1st Sample - 6170 |
Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Quantum Atlas 10k II 1st Sample - 24633 |
Quantum Atlas 10k II 2nd Sample - 23033 |
Seagate Cheetah 36LP 2nd Sample - 19667 |
Seagate Cheetah 36LP 1st Sample - 17167 |

When it comes to the Business Disk WinMark 99, the Atlas 10k II manages to improve on its already amazing score. The second sample's 8.7 MB/sec figure tops the original's by a margin of over 6%. In an interesting contrast, however, the newer Atlas actually regresses behind the older in the High-End test, trailing by 6%.

The newer Cheetah 36LP manages substantial improvements in both the Business and High-End test. Its scores of 7.0 MB/sec and 19.7 MB/sec respectively in each test are nearly 15% improvements over our first sample.

When the Quantum and Seagate are pitted against each other in WinBench99, the Quantum prevails. The Atlas leads the Cheetah by a formidable 25% in the Business Disk WinMark. Quantum's drive also reigns in the High-End WinMark where it best the Seagate by over 17%.

So far, things look quite rosy for the Atlas 10k II. Before declaring it the victor, however, we should examine what changes await us in the far more significant IOMeter.

 IOMeter Performance...


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