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

Test Setup

Test System
Processor Intel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz
256 kB L2-Cache (Willamette)
Motherboard Intel D845EBT, Intel 845E chipset
MSI KT4 Ultra, VIA KT400 chipset
RAM 256 MB DDR/PC2100, CL2, Infineon
IDE Controller i845E UltraDMA/100 controller (ICH4)
KT400E UltraDMA/133 controller (VT8235)
Display Adapter NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
Network Card 3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating System Windows XP Pro 5.10.2600
Service Pack 1
Benchmarks and Tests
Office Applications ZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 1.2
c't h2benchw
High-End Applications ZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 1.2
Performance Measurements HD Tach 2.61, c't h2benchw
I/O performance Intel I/O meter
Drivers and Settings
Graphics Driver NVIDIA reference driver 29.42
Drivers Intel Application Accelerator 2.3
VIA Hyperion 4in1 4.45

Promise driver
HighPoint 1.22s
3Ware driver 7.5.3

DirectX Version 9
Resolution 1024x768, 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

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  • Anonymous
    Question: What is the function of the D-Sub + DVI outputs on a motherboard that has no video?