A score of 121.41 in our IOMeter Workstation
Index (a normalized average of light, medium and heavy
loads) places the MPF-AT in the middle of the pack. It hangs in there against offerings from Maxtor and Western Digital but can't quite keep up with a drive such as the Samsung SpinPoint V10200
... a unit the Fujitsu trails by 14%.
As one may always expect from Fujitsu's drives, the MPF-AT offers very quiet and cool operation. Interestingly, however, Fujitsu's own 7200 RPM MPF-AH bests its slower brother when it comes to utter lack of idle noise. Perhaps it's due to the AH's use of fluid bearings... or maybe it's due to our AH sample being a single-platter unit. Even so, however, the AT is one of the quietest drives around.
In conclusion, it's difficult to recommend the MPF-AT to users. When it comes to performance, there's simply too many appealing alternatives from competitors. And if ultra-quiet operation is one's goal, the 7200 RPM Fujitsu MPF-AH combines better performance with quieter operation. Indications are, however, that Fujitsu is aiming to change the sluggishness of the AT line with its next-generation 20 GB/platter unit with the introduction of a "performance" mode to compliment "quiet" operation. It seems we'll finally be able to review a Fujitsu drive when it represents the peak of disk technology rather than as an afterthought. We can't wait!