The V20400 turns in a WinBench 99 access time
of 14.4 milliseconds, a figure faster than all current-generation 5400 RPM hard drives. Subtracting 5.6 milliseconds to account for rotational latency
yields a measured seek time
of 8.8 milliseconds, allowing the Samsung to beat its specs. IBM's Deskstar 40GV
, a peppy drive it its own right, scores 0.3 ms higher.
Sequential transfer rate scores, however, aren't quite as dominating. Samsung's score of 29 MB/sec in outer zones is decidedly average, trailing Western Digital's Caviar WD600AB by 5 MB/sec.