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SubjectRe: UDMA 100 / PIIX4 question
> > > I have an IBM DTLA 307030 (ATA 100 / UDMA 5) on an 815e board (Asus CUSL2), which has a PIIX4 controller.
> > > ...
> > > My problem is that (according to hdparm -t), I never get a better transfer rate than approximately 15.8 Mb/sec....
> >
> > 15MB/s for hdparm is about right.

it's definitely not right: this disk sustains around 35 MB/s.

> Yes, since hdparm -t measures *SUSTAINED* transfers... the actual "head rate" of data reads from
> disk surface. Only if you read *only* data that is alread in harddrive's cache will you get a speed
> close to the UDMA mode of the drive/controller. The cache is around 1Mbyte, so for a split-second
> re-read of some data....

nonsequitur: the controller and disk are both quite capable of
sustaining 20-35 MB/s (depending on zone.) here's hdparm output
for a disk of the same rpm and density as the DTLA's:

Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 1.07 seconds =119.63 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 2.02 seconds = 31.68 MB/sec

(maxtor dm+45, hpt366 controller)
regards, mark hahn.

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