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

Read Performance: Tribute To The Noise Levels

The read performance of the Barracuda ATA V is clearly below that of the competitive models from IBM and Western Digital. However, it is quieter than any of the 7,200 rpm competition. But more on that later!

Write Performance: Consistently High

In view of the read performance, you would no doubt think that the write performance would also be below that of the competition. In fact, the opposite is the case. While the IBM and WD drives drop to minimum rates of 15 MBytes/sec, the Barracuda ATA V still delivers a blistering performance. A write rate of 22 MBytes/sec is unequalled in our experience!