Date: October 22nd, 2003.
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Highpoint
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PRODUCT FEATURES & TESTING (cont'd)
As stated above, I used a brand spankin' new Maxtor 120GB
2MB cache HDD (don't tell the wife… she thinks I picked up the 40GB
Time to break out the benchmarks. For this testing, I
used SiSoft Sandra 2004's File System benchmark and HD Tach 2.61. I
used a traditional SATA cable, as well as a Vantec rounded parallel
cable for speed comparison.
These were my first results with the SATA cable. You can
see I've highlighted the Sandra score (34641kB/s). In HD Tach, the HDD
Time to power down and switch the HDD to a parallel cable.
The score with the parallel cable was 31775kB/s in Sandra
and 47842.6kps in HD Tach.
Now hold on a second.
We don't see a huge difference in HD Tach, but check out
the difference shown in Sandra. I had expected a difference, but I have
to admit that I thought it would be quite the opposite. Seems the drive
was transferring data faster through the converter than through the
I powered down again (because I am a stubborn bastard),
and reconnected the HDD to the RocketHead and the SATA channel. I ran
the benchmarks again, and came up with these results.
35397kB/s in Sandra with a 1392MB/s READ versus the 1330MB/s
READ off of the parallel cable. Also, it scored 47789.2kps in HD Tach
this time around.
Excellent. Not only does the RocketHead allow you to add
more hard drive devices to your computer, but it actually enables them
to operate more efficiently. We're not talking huge gains, but every
kB/s counts in my opinion.
Oh, and check out the CPU usage on the HD Tach charts.
2.8% and 3.3% versus 4.7% in favor of the HighPoint RocketHead. Will
you notice the difference? Not likely. But who the hell cares… it's