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.