Cheetah 36ES -IntroductionThe world today runs on information. Every time you access the Internet, hit "Send," trade a stock online, use an ATM or even watch a Hollywood blockbuster movie with computer-generated special effects, you create, access and share tremendous amounts of digital information. And for over 22 years, Seagate has been developing the technology and manufacturing the products that help make it all happen. When Seagate was founded in 1979, its hard disc drives helped create the PC revolution. Today, the company is helping to revolutionize the way we live, work and play by enabling the growth of the Internet, putting the world's information at your fingertips. And storage technology, Seagate's core business, has become the center of the new computing architecture.With more and more devices going digital, it's creating an enormous opportunity for new applications like Storage Area Networks, Intelligence on the drive, even mainstream consumer devices like televisions, Personal Video Recorders, gaming consoles, MP3 players, and PDAs. Seagate's position as the world's largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, and a leader in Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions, puts it at the heart of today's "information-centric" world. Seagate storage products are where the Internet lives, and the growth of the Web has led to worldwide demand for storage doubling every nine months. Seagate are more well known for their SCSI line of hard disks for servers and workstations. Thanks to the good people at Text100, we have on loan the Seagate Cheetah 36ES Ultra160 SCSI Hard Disk.
Cheetah 36ES -SpecificationsSeagate have made one of the most diverse hard disks available in the SCSI line. First have a look at our table and we will see why this is so.
Cheetah 36ES -FeaturesThe Drive
Cheetah 36ES -BenchmarksProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHzMotherboard: EPoX 4BDA2+Memory: 256MB DDR-333 Kingmax Video Card: Leadtek GeForce3 Ti500Drivers: Intel Application AcceleratorSoftware Used: SiSoft Sandra 2002, Star Trek Armada, Star Trek Armada II.Editors Note We swapped out our regular SiS motherboard for an Intel motherboard because of the better ATA-100 IDE protocal of the Intel ICH2 over SiS's 961 or VIA's VT8233A. We also used a cheapo ST Labs Ultra160 SCSI Controller, to reduce costs.Synthetic Benchmark - SiSoft Sandra 2002SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2002 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
Cheetah 36ES -ConclusionIn all, SCSI hard disks are always more superior to IDE due to their external controller design. IDE drives place the controller module on to the actual drive, resulting in cheaper HDD's and cheaper motherboards, as no special controller chips are needed. Just a simple bus master controller. SCSI, on the other hand, uses a separate controller chip that is either embedded into motherboards or placed onto SCSI controller cards.When testing the Cheetah, I noticed that the drive was not only heavy but hit a whopping 56 degrees Celcius. This is why they state the need to have cooling for these 10K RPM drives. While being heavy and hot, it was the quietest drive that I have ever had the pleasure of using. I could not hear the drive above my system fan on the P4; and that is saying a bit.When all is said and done, SCSI HDD's aren't really for the average users. While fast, they cost nearly 2x more than a IDE HDD of the same size and run a lot hotter, requiring case cooling for the drive. Not all cases have cooling bays on the 3.5" drives.- ProsFastQuietSCSI InterfaceCheap for entry level server drive- ConsRather expensive for the average userRuns very hot.Rating - 8/10
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