Disk Access Time and

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-01-09 Print this article Print

Transfer Rate Tests"> We complete the suite of low-level tests by looking at the results from Winbench 99s low level inspection tests.
The access time is in line with the parallel ATA drive, as it should be. If we look at the transfer rate test at the beginning (outer tracks) of the disk, we can see higher transfer rates relative to the Barracuda V ATA drive, though theyre still not quite as strong as the competitors ATA drivers. Still, it lends credence to the belief that the firmware on the S-ATA drive has been tweaked, and to the possibility that the SiL 3112 controller is more efficient than Intels ICH4 parallel ATA controller. The inner track transfer rate is more similar to the result for the parallel ATA drive, however.

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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