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Evergreen 20Gig Hot Drive Review

Evergreen 20Gig Hot Drive Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Right out of the big blue box came what looked like an iMac accessory. It was sleek, it was translucent, and part of it was blue.... and it was fast!
 87% Rating:   
Filed under: Hard Drives/SSD Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Evergreen Jul 21 2000   Max Page  
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Benchmarks

As with any storage device the ultimate point of interest is how it performs. Is data transfer slow as ever, or speedy like other internal drives?

To solve this question we tried two tests, one benchmark with Sandra, and one timed data move. The reason being Sandra reported values which were out of step with the HotDrive's actual performance. I'd guess that the benchmarking program had a bit of a difficulty going through the IEEE1394 adapter to get to the drive perhaps.

Advansys Evergreen
Test Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Drive Index 5721 5420 2764 2678 2729
Min Disk Cache 8MB 8MB 8Mb 8Mb 8MB
Buffered Read 221Mb/s 357Mb/s 160Mb/s 160Mb/s 463MB/s
Sequential Read 6Mb/s 6Mb/s 2764Kb/s 2700Kb/s 2736Kb/s
Random Read 4Mb/s 4Mb/s 2347Kb/s 2176Kb/s 2308KB/s
Buffered Write 12Mb/s 13Mb/s 31Mb/s 152MB/s 32Mb/s
Sequential Write 5Mb/s 6Mb/s 3000Kb/s 2949Kb/s 2934Kb/s
Random Write 9Mb/s 7Mb/s 4Mb/s 4Mb/s 4066Kb/s
Avg. Access Time 4ms 4ms 4ms 6ms 4ms

The Drive Index rating for the HotDrive while connected through the Advansys IEEE1394 card posted about twice as well as with the adapter card Evergreen ships. The value of 5700 lies way below the actual representation of this drive however.
 
Sandra benchmarks with the Evergreen IEEE1394 card posted lower values than with the Advansys Card, but both values were still substantially out of step with the actual performance of the HotDrive.

The timed trials illustrate how WELL the HotDrive really performs. The time to move about 2.0Gb of data from our test computer to the HotDrive using Evergreen's IEEE1394 Card was about 11 minutes, surpassing the 12 minutes it took to move this same amount of data between our two internal drives.

IEEE1394 card Evergreen Card Advansys Card Internal
Test Fujitsu-HotDrive Maxtor-HotDrive Maxtor-HotDrive Fuji-HotDrive Maxtor-Fujitsu
Time 10min 11min 6min 9.5min 12min
Size 1.9Gb 1.9GB 1.9Gb 1.9GB 1.9GB
Rate 3.2Mb/s ~3Mb/s 5.2Mb/s 3.3Mb/s 2.6Mb/s

As you can see by the trials, the HotDrive showed the best performance when hooked up to the Advansys IEEE1394 card. Performance that definitely gives any internal harddrive a run for its money.

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Contents of Article: Evergreen
 Pg 1.  Evergreen 20Gig Hot Drive Review
 Pg 2.  The installation we all strive for
 Pg 3.  Looking closer at the Hot Drive
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  And finally...

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