ATA hard disk drives manage to retain leadership here with very much effort. If it hadn’t been for the really heroic performance of the ST120026A model, Barracuda Serial ATA V would have got one more point :)
The situation has hardly changed in Photoshop compared to what we have already seen in FAT32 tests. Serial ATA is still ahead. Though on the whole, the results look better organized this time.
The same situation can be observed in Premiere. Serial ATA drives are only a few percents slower than their ATA analogues with 8MB buffer. Just like in FAT32 Barracuda ATA V loses to Barracuda 7200.7 in both Adobe applications. It is probably because of the low read/write speed…
In NTFS the SoundForge results are no longer so complicated. It is interesting that all the drives retained the ranks they won in FAT32 except for Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA 80GB. Well, it seems that SoundForge results do have a certain system behind them, but I am still unable to perceive the idea. :)
Well, the situation here remained the same as in FAT32. Only barracuda 7200.7 Plus 80GB failed to show good results. SerialATA HDDs demonstrate very clear advantage here.
Let’s sum up a few things:
- Serial ATA drives from Seagate and/or Serial ATA controllers from Promise are evidently more optimized for NTFS file system.
- WinBench is definitely more favorable to HDDs of large storage capacity. At least the results of the 40GB model were notably worse than those of larger drives. Although firmware version 3.06 might as well be optimized for 8MB buffer and thus works worse with models featuring 2MB buffer, than firmware version 3.04.
- Almost in all the tests the models with firmware version 3.54 won among the models with 2MB buffer.
- 120GB models were most frequent winners in this test session. Here you are: 120GB appears to be the optimal size for Barracuda 7200.7 :)