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  Quantum Atlas 10K II Review 
  May 14, 2001, 10:00am EDT 

Quantum Atlas 10K II

By: Sander Sassen

The Atlas 10K II is Quantum's second generation 10.000RPM SCSI harddisk, its available in both SCA and 68-pin Wide SCSI versions. The drive boasts a 4.7 ms average seek time with a sustained 40Mb/s throughput.

Quantum Atlas 10K II

Fig 3. The Atlas 10K II, the 9.2 GB/18.4 GB/36.8 GB capacity drive all come in this form factor, the 73.6 GB is a bit higher due to the larger number of disk platters.

Below are the detailed specifications of the Atlas 10K II, which is available in 9.2 GB/18.4 GB/36.8 GB/73.6 GB capacities, the disk used in this review is the 9.2 GB version.

  • Capacity: 9.2 GB/18.4 GB/36.8 GB/73.6 GB
  • Interface: Ultra160 SCSI, backwards compatible with Ultra2 and Ultra SCSI
  • Typical Seek Times
    • Average: 4.7 ms
    • Track-to-Track: 0.6 ms
    • Full Stroke: 12 ms
  • Rotational Latency: 3.0 ms
  • Spindle Speed: 10000 RPM
  • Data Transfer Rates
    • Ultra160 SCSI: 160 MB/s
    • Ultra2 SCSI: 80 MB/s
    • Ultra SCSI: 40 MB/s
  • Sustained Throughput: 25-41 MB/s
  • Buffer Size: 8192 KB

1. Introduction
2. Ultra160 Overview, Data Integrity
3. Ultra160 Overview, The SCSI vs. IDE Discussion
4. Quiet Drive Technology, QDT
5. Data protection System, DPS
6. Shock Protection System, SPS
7. Shock Protection System, Cont.
8. Quantum Atlas 10K II
9. Benchmark Setup
10. Benchmark Results
11. Benchmark Evaluation
12. Technical Support
13. Conclusion

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Quantum Atlas 10K II
Performance: 8/10
Quality: 8/10
Features: 8/10
Documentation: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Overall Rating: 7/10

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