Seagate Barracuda ATA V
Posted 14 October 2002 - 07:56 PM
Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV offered decent performance coupled with previously unheard of lows in noise. What kind of improvements does the fifth-generation 'Cuda ATA offer?
Seagate Barracuda ATA V Review
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Posted 15 October 2002 - 09:47 AM
In view of the low noise level and low, very low, performance, are you sure this drive was actually running when you tested it?
Actually, I wouldn't call its performance "very low." At least, not without calling its noise level "very, VERY low." The performance is not the best one, but it is decent. The silence kills.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 10:12 AM
You know folks, I have been an IBM fan for years, and even a maxtor fan too. THen I heard about the NEW Seagate Barracuda V (and no it is NOT 'Cuda', it is BARRACUDA), I really thought that there speed would at least try to compete with the mid-range 40 gig platter models that are currently available. When I (as most of you have too) read Seagate specs for there new flagship, they say that it is the best combination of performance, toughness and some other mumbo jumbo. Man, I know Seagate is the best for quietness and coolness, but they are mundain in the performance field. If they were to say that their drive was to be used only in office / desktop environments, then fine! But they claim that you can use this drive in ATA servers (entry-level), oh please!
I build ATA servers part-time, and I will NEVER choose these drives for that. I will choose them for some of my desktop systems (ones used in audio production), but that is it. How does one make a drive for ATA servers when it cannot even beat other drives more than a year on the market. It seems to me that they have cut back on performance to make the drive produce less noise. I really haope the reliability has not changed, for those of you who are considering of buy a drive like this-DO NOT!!!
I cannot wait for the new IBM 180GXP or the new maxtors to be reviewed. Now these are drives worth some attention. Like how maxtor forgot the 60 gig platter market and flew to the 80 gig platter market. While IBM made a complete overhall of there drives for the sake of keep some market share (good Move).
Seagate is the LEADER in SCSI, no doubt. But in the ATA market (due to the release of this drive), I HAVE LOST ALL HOPE FOR OTHER FUTURE ATA HDDS FROM THESE GUYS--it is a shame.
Thank you Eugene and Davin for exposing what SEAGATE really produces. Super SLOW ATA drives.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 05:25 PM
Was AAM disabled in the test?
Performance is sub-par unfortuantely. But this drive makes a nice storage drive. I offers decent performance and if noise levels were reduced it's very good for those who want silent pc's.
It's unfortunate that seagate chose to reduce warraties. I would never buy those drive. I'd rather wait for the s-ata version, as I hope it will retain a full 3 year warranty.
Posted 16 October 2002 - 05:06 AM
I HAVE LOST ALL HOPE FOR OTHER FUTURE ATA HDDS FROM THESE GUYS
You're almost funny. Hope you see yourself as such, rather than thoughtful.
Anyway, while the performance is less than one would have hoped for, it was not what people that went for the previous model primarily sought for. As a disk series aimed towards regular users who does not need more than "enough" harddrive performance but values the low noise (an increasing number of users it seems), it fills its role. If you don't like it then it's just not what you need (hopefully, or you may be fooling yourself), and not a reason to go on any brand sensitive rant. It's fortunate that there is no single drive that is the best for everyone, for then we would have very few manufacturers with much higher prices and still only a one year manufacturer warranty.
Posted 16 October 2002 - 06:20 AM
The drive excels in its main use: being a Desktop/Home User drive for ultra-silent gaming or living room stations.
I prefer a drive that's 50% quieter even if performance is 5% slower.
"If humans were intelligent enough to understand the workings of their own brains, their brains would be too complex for them to understand..."
Posted 16 October 2002 - 01:33 PM
Like many of you, I'm concerned about performance too, but my next choice will still be a Barracuda V. My Maxtor DX740'x are way too loud and I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of performance for sanity. How many of you are seriously bottlenecked by the HD anyway? I spend most of my time waiting for Photoshop & other proggies to crunch through a big file, not load & save them.
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