ATA100 <-> ATA133
Hard Drive ATA100 vs. ATA133
motherboard of choice is the
Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra,
which offers support for both ATA133 IDE and RAID. Unfortunately we won't be
testing the RAID performance today, but we will be taking a close look at
synthetic as well as content creation benchmarks. Using the VIA 3.14 IDE
Miniport Driver, it makes it easy to switch between mode 5 and mode 6 DMA, while
the driver itself is proven to be one of the fastest and most reliable IDE
drivers for the VIA platform. That's it from me now, i'll let the pictures do
the talking from herein.
Sisoft sandra 2002
The results may vary between drives, but the difference in performance from ATA100 and ATA133 is negligible. In some instances the results were very close, while in others like the High-End Winmark tests mode 6 DMA took the lead. I was also quite surprised to see that ATA133 was actually beaten in the HD Tach tests when in ATA100 mode. ATA133 should theoretically be 33% faster than ATA100, but my results basically didn't show much of an improvement at all. If you're thinking about upgrading a single drive from ATA100 to ATA133, I say keep you cash and wait for something better - there's always SCSI too! Keep that main idea behind ATA133 is minimise bottlenecks in the system when your running MORE than one drive, and to allow manufacturers to build drives larger than 120GB.
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