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Seagate Barracuda ATA III


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Seagate Barracuda ATA III ST340824A
  January 8, 2001 Author: Eugene Ra  


WB99/Win2k Low-Level Measurements

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With an outer-zone transfer rate of 40.5 MB/sec, the Barracuda ATA III succeeds in displacing the IBM Deskstar 75GXP as the fastest ATA drive when it comes to sequential transfer rates. It's inner-zone score of 26.4 MB/sec is also easily the fastest we've encountered. The 'Cuda ATA III thus completes the yearly cycle in which ATA drives catch the fastest of SCSI drives... only to be outpaced as next-generation SCSI units arrive, of course .

Measured access time, unfortunately, is not nearly as impressive. The 'Cuda ATA III's score of 15.4 milliseconds yields a measured seek time of 11.2 ms... a figure that misses claims by more than 2 milliseconds. This is a phenomenon occurring too often these days in the face of ever increasing areal densities.

Let's see how this performance translates into the higher-level WinBench 99 Disk WinMarks.

 WinMarks...


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