The X15-36LP weighs in with a WinBench 99
measured access time
of just 5.9 milliseconds, easily the lowest we've recorded to date. Subtracting 2 ms to account for the average rotational latency
of a 15,000 RPM drives yields a measured seek time
of 3.9 milliseconds, about 0.2 ms off of the 3.7 ms spec... not bad, especially for a Seagate drive
. The original X15
turned in a measured access time of 6.8 milliseconds. As a result, in a backwards kind of way, the X15-36LP brings a significant improvement to the table; 0.9 milliseconds translates to a 15% overall access time enhancement.
Transfer rates similarly forge ahead into record territory with outer-zone measurements topping 60 MB/sec. The X15-36LP's smaller-diameter platters (2.6") minimize "decay," permitting sustained speeds in excess of 50 MB/sec over more than 80% of the disk and bottoming out at a still-impressive 45 MB/sec.