Winbench 99 Version 2

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-02-12 Print this article Print

.0 Results"> Weve had some concerns about the age of Winbench 99, but in our testing here, the results seem pretty consistent. In our experience, the DiamondMax Plus 9 sports one of the highest raw transfer rates of any ATA hard drive, while the 7200 rpm Barracuda ATA V has one of the lowest. So it stands to reason that the Maxtor external drive should perform better than our homebrew external drive.
Interestingly, the 5000DV posts a higher transfer rate at the beginning of the drive using the FireWire interface than USB 2.0. As we reach the end of the drive, the results are pretty similar for all three Maxtor variants -- indicating that slower transfer rates available at the end of the drive dont saturate any of the three interfaces and software stack.
Were not quite sure why Winbench would report a substantially slower access time for the external drive, though it could be simply latency issues with the FireWire or USB to ATAPI bridging controllers. The differences in CPU utilization are also interesting. In the Maxtor drive, the 1394 connection seems slightly more efficient than the USB controller. At first blush, the Barracuda ATA V inside the Belkin enclosure might seem more efficient -- except that it doesnt move as much data to begin with.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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