First Serial ATA Drive: Expectations Exceed Results - Page 5

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.