Winbench 99 2

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

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While the average access times, as reported by Winbench 99, are pretty close, take a look at the CPU utilization scores. Suddenly the Seagate drive starts to look interesting -- maybe it doesnt move large blocks of data as fast as the competition, but it uses much less of the CPU in the process.
Business Winstone 2002 and Multimedia CC Winstone 2003 Test Results In our real world applications tests, things suddenly become less clear. The Barracuda drive still lags behind, but the difference in Business Winstone is about 10%, while the difference in CC Winstone is negligible. Again, the older WD1000JB staggers in behind the newer generation. Environmental Tests All of the disks ran relatively warm, but not nearly as hot as some of their predecessors. Its clear that fluid-damped bearing technology has progressed from the early days when some drives with fluid bearings would actually run quite warm. Still, if you were running a RAID array, youd want to have adequate cooling. Interestingly, the IBM and Western Digital drives were the quietest when running at full bore -- roughly 5dB above ambient. The Barracuda drive was surprisingly noisy, given the idle noise spec, but its still not as loud as some older drives. All these drives are quieter than earlier generations.

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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