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  A Look at Maxtor's D740X, and ATA-133 
  Nov 08, 2001, 07:00am EST 
 

Performance - Sequential Transfer Rates


By: Dan Mepham

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This graph shows sustained transfer rates at both the beginning and end of the data area. Transfer rates are higher at the beginning of the data area (outside of the platter) than at the end (inside of the platter), because the platter has a constant angular velocity, and therefore a higher linear velocity nearer to the outer edge.

Again, no extrapolation is necessary here. Neither of these drives are able to sustain a transfer rate much greater than 40 MB/s, so the ATA-133 standard isn't likely to have an impact here. Likewise, using the controller card versus the on-board IDE channels did not affect sustained transfer rates in any way.

Notice again, though, that the D740X soundly outperforms the previous generation drive. Improvements in both beginning and end transfer rates are on the order of 15%.



1. Introduction
2. New Standards, Old Parallels
3. ATA-133, All Show, No Go?
4. PCI Bus Loading
5. Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus D740X
6. Test Setup & Procedure
7. Performance - Burst Transfer Rate
8. Performance - Access Time
9. Performance - Sequential Transfer Rates
10. Performance - IOMeter
11. Performance - SYSMark
12. Conclusion
13. Appendix A

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Quality: 8/10
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