It’s simpler with Microstation, but minor surprises like the sudden rush of the Serial ATA 80GB model or the surprisingly low results of the dual-platter 7K250 models in FAT32 can happen. These are, however, accidents mostly, while the regularities remain clear: the bigger size of the cache buffer prevails over the capacity dependence, providing a performance boost of up to 25 percent in FAT32. The Serial ATA interface is a little slower than the classic ATA.
And once again the previous generations are not inferior to the new one! This is rather a dubious tendency.
Adobe Photoshop likes high linear speeds as we learned long ago and it breaks the above-said tendency somewhat. But the advantage of the 7K250 drives is rather illusory here, since the Deskstar 180GXP is competing with them as an equal. The “cripple” of 60GB capacity fell far behind here.
Moreover, the Deskstar 180GXP becomes the leader in Adobe Premier in the NTFS file system. The 60GB model is farther behind, while 8 megabytes of the cache memory are no guarantee of a higher performance here. That’s all quite mysterious.