Though the industry currently rests upon the dawn of the 20 GB/platter ATA drive, we've decided to take a step back and flesh out our look at the previous generation of drives with a review of Fujitsu's MPF3204AT. Fujitsu, as well as other manufacturers, have either announced or started to ship next-generation drives with areal densities that contribute significantly to capacity and performance. Even so, one may find some of these older units available in channels. Completeness of the StorageReview.com Database never hurts either .
Fujitsu's "AT" designation has always been reserved for units featuring 5400 RPM spindle speeds... the MPF-AT is no exception. Seek time is 9.5 milliseconds, in line with value offerings from other manufacturers. Buffer size also rests at 512k, a value standard only recently breached by Maxtor with its brand-new DiamondMax VL40. A three-year warranty protects the drive.
Let's turn to the benchmarks and see how the MPF-AT measures up.