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Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20.5 GB HDD
Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20.5 GB HDD - PCSTATS
Since my first Fireball had served me so well, and I wanted a lot of space, the next drive I bought was a 6.4-gigabyte Fireball ST.
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External Mfg. Website: Quantum Oct 29 2000   D. Dee  
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ZD's WinBench99 v1.1

Starting down the home stretch was ZD's WinBench99 v1.1.

  Windows ME FAT 32 Windows 2000 Pro FAT 32 Windows 2000 Pro NTFS
Disk TX Rate (Beginning) 26,800 KB/Sec 26,800 KB/Sec 26,800 KB/Sec
Disk TX Rate (End) 19,700 KB/Sec 19,700 KB/Sec 19,700 KB/Sec
CPU Utilization (%) 4.39 5.34 5.41
Disk Access Time/CPU Util 12ms/1.35% 11.8ms/1.28% 12.1ms/1.26%
Disk CPU Util/Avg KB/Sec 3.48%/4000 3.04%/4000 3.11%/4000
Disk Playback/Business Overall 4,377 KB/s 6,120 KB/s 4,423 KB/s
CPU Utilization(%) 37.40% 30.23% 26.86%
Disk Playback/HighEnd Overall 14,000 KB/s 17,400 KB/s 14,067 KB/s
AVS/Express 3.4 9,463 KB/s 18,900 KB/s 15,733 KB/s
 FrontPage 98 32,600 KB/s 82,900 KB/s 62,167 KB/s
 MicroStation SE 13,600 KB/s 26,200 KB/s 20,900 KB/s
Photoshop 4.0 9,003 KB/s 9,040 KB/s 8,660 KB/s
Premiere 4.2 14,767 KB/s 15,100 KB/s 10,460 KB/s
Sound Forge 4.0 22,267 KB/s 14,500 KB/s 11,933 KB/s
Visual C++ 5.0 14,967 KB/s 18,900 KB/s 13,533 KB/s
CPU Utilization 29.25% 16.58% 16.63%

The variety of numbers in the High-End section between file systems and operating systems is bewildering. Under AVS/Express, FrontPage, and MicroStation SE, Windows 2000 handily outperforms WinMe, but comes up short under Sound Forge. Here NTFS is clearly slower than FAT32, but of course if you want the extra reliability and security it provides, you'll want to stick with it anyway. Again CPU utilization was higher under WinMe, except in the transfer rate tests.

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Contents of Article: Quantum Fireball Plus
 Pg 1.  Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20.5 GB HDD
 Pg 2.  Fireball Plus LM's basic stats
 Pg 3.  The first benchmark
 Pg 4.  iSoft's Sandra v7.6.49
 Pg 5.  — ZD's WinBench99 v1.1
 Pg 6.  HD Tach 2.61 under WinMe
 Pg 7.  Conclusions

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