by October 11, 2002 0 comments



The Atlas 10K III is the first SCSI drive introduced by Maxtor after its merger with Quantum. It’s meant for applications requiring fast data storage and retrieval like in servers or workstations. The drive we reviewed had a whopping 73.4 GB capacity and a spindle speed of 10,000 rpm. Other rated specs are a rated seek-time of 4.5 ms and an internal transfer rate of 622 megabits per second (77.75 MB/sec). Plus it has a large 8 MB cache, and boasts support for the latest Ultra320 SCSI interface. 

For apps requiring fast data storage and 
retrieval, like in servers and workstations

Snapshot
MAXTOR ATLAS 10K III
Price:
Rs 34,000
Meant
for: 
Servers/workstations
Feature:
8MB cache, advance interfaces like U160 and U320 available, Maxtor SPS-III
Pros:
Low CPU usage, high disk transfer rate
Cons:
High seek-time
Contact:
Cyberstar, New Delhi
Tel:
011-6438216

We tested the drive using a LSI Logic Ultra360 SCSI card installed on a machine running Windows 2000 Server. Remaining specs were an Intel 800 MHz Pentium III, 128 MB RAM, with an ASUS Intel 815E based motherboard. We tested the drive for its seek time, CPU utilization, and transfer rates using WinBench99. The drive gave an average disk transfer rate of 42.85 MB/sec, which is quite good. Its maximum transfer rate came out to be 53.11 MB/sec. The drive’s seek time was a little higher than its rated at 8.16 ms, but its CPU utilization remained at a low 1.29 %, which is very good. 

The Bottom Line: Overall, a drive with good transfer rates that doesn’t eat up your CPU’s processing power. 

PCQ Labs

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