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Serial ATA Is Here: Seagate Barracuda ATA V and Five of the Latest Controllers Reviewed

Test Setup

Test System
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz256 kB L2-Cache (Willamette)
MotherboardIntel D845EBT, Intel 845E chipsetMSI KT4 Ultra, VIA KT400 chipset
RAM256 MB DDR/PC2100, CL2, Infineon
IDE Controlleri845E UltraDMA/100 controller (ICH4)KT400E UltraDMA/133 controller (VT8235)
Display AdapterNVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
Network Card3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating SystemWindows XP Pro 5.10.2600Service Pack 1
Benchmarks and Tests
Office ApplicationsZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 1.2c't h2benchw
High-End ApplicationsZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 1.2
Performance MeasurementsHD Tach 2.61, c't h2benchw
I/O performanceIntel I/O meter
Drivers and Settings
Graphics DriverNVIDIA reference driver 29.42
DriversIntel Application Accelerator 2.3VIA Hyperion 4in1 4.45Promise driver 1.00.0.14HighPoint 1.22s3Ware driver 7.5.3
DirectX Version9
Resolution1024x768, 16 bit, 85 Hz refresh

Benchmark Results, Barracuda ATA V

We carried out all measurements except the burst transfer rate with the Promise SATA150 TX2.

Disk Access Time

Data Transfer Performance