Sep 12, 2002

Seagate Cheetah 15K.3 Crowned Disc Drive King

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - has confirmed that nobody can catch a Cheetah, as Seagate's flagship Cheetah 15K.3 disc drive raced ahead of the competition in numerous benchmarks and tests conducted by the leading authority on disc drive performance. The Cheetah 15K.3 is part of Seagate's lowest total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) Cheetah disc drive family, with the Cheetah 15K.3 delivering the lowest cost-per-I/Os in the industry. The Seagate Cheetah 15K.3 not only broke all previously held performance records at, but also stunned editor Eugene Ra with its low heat and acoustic characteristics. The Cheetah 15K.3's clear leadership in high-performance Enterprise-class drives placed the fast cat at the top of's Leaderboard as well as earning it a Safe Buy recommendation.

Seagate's Cheetah disc drives are no strangers to superior performance. wrote, "In the Office Drivemark 2002, the Cheetah delivers an astonishing 578 IO/s per second. The 15K.3 improves upon its predecessor by a very significant 19 percent."

Ra also noted that, "In the SR High-End Drivemark 2002, a mix of applications that emphasize writes and sequential transfers, the 15K.3 maintains its impressive showing, once again improving upon the X15-36LP by nearly 20 percent." also acknowledged Seagate's commitment to reducing heat and acoustics to levels never before seen in 15K RPM drives. "Despite the impressive performance outlined above, the Cheetah 15K.3's most astonishing attribute may be its idle noise floor," stated Ra. "With a sound pressure measurement of just 45.1 dB/A at a distance of 18 millimeters, the 15K.3 finds itself among the idle noise generated by typical 7,200 RPM ATA drives." was also clearly impressed by the 15K.3's cooler operating temperatures. "At 25.1 degrees Celsius above ambient, the 15K.3 lands itself squarely within the realm of 7200 RPM SCSI drives."

The Cheetah's impressive run set the tone for's conclusion, which stated, "Seagate's latest 15K product once again sets the standard against which this year's crop of drives will be judged. The 15K.3 scales new heights in single-user performance and sets a new standard server-class speed."

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