WinBench Transfer Rate Test

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2002-12-03 Print this article Print

Results"> The Winbench transfer test simply reads large blocks of data from the drive. As we can see, the maximum transfer rate, which occurs at the outer edges of the drive, reveals the Seagate drive performing poorly. This was suggested by our breakdown of the high end disk Winbench scores. Now lets look at the transfer rate from beginning to end.
Seagate Barracuda V
IBM Deskstar 180GXP Western Digital WD2000JB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Western Digital WD1000BB
We can now see that the Barracuda follows the same general pattern, but the entire curve is shifted downward from the other drives. Last years champ looks positively anemic compared to this years crop. Even the slowest of this years drives outpaces the 33.3GB per platter, 100GB Western Digital drive.

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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