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By buffdaddy110 ยท 5 replies
Feb 11, 2005
  1. I currently have a seagate ata100 120gb hardrive hooked up to an abit nf7-s version 2.o with an athlon xp 3200+. I was wondering if SATA had a great enough performance increase to justify swapping to a SATA hard drive from my current hard drive.
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    maxtor diamondmax 9 sata drives have a very noticable improvement, but you have to ask yourself if you truly need the extra performance and want to spend the money.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    sure thats not a ata 133 whats the seagate model #
    sata is 150 mhz the seagates probably 133mhz will you see the diff
    check the specs on seek times and how big your hdd cache is
    only a very demanding prgram would notice a diff.
    I would add more memory before I bought the drive unless you will be doing raid maybe then its worth the move.
    and I would not buy a maxtor at all
  4. buffdaddy110

    buffdaddy110 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    I'm a fan of seagate not maxtor, and only maxtor utilizes ata133 seagate never went that route. I've already a 1GB of ram so I'm good there. My system is already fast as hell, I just had the upgrade bug and was looking at options to my current set up. I'm a hardcore gamer and already have a geforce 6800gt, so don't need to upgrade there either. I guess I just get bored after awhile and thinkI need more.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    well ya got me I learned something new
    I have been more interested in the scsi end of drives for awhile and never looked at seagate specs how about that.
    and from what I see 100mb/s for Uata and 150mb/s for the sata
    seeing an improvement not to sure
    oh ya look at sustained rates they are the same
    Avg. Sustained Transfer Rate 58mb/s
    for some reason I keep typing mhz instead of mb/s sorry bout' that
    don't want to confuse anyone :bounce:
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    yeah seagate makes a respectable product.
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