This documents Norton Utilities 4.0.3 System Info disk benchmarks on an SE/30 with several different storage devices, and a couple other systems thrown in for comparison. System Info requires the system have AppleTalk disabled, the disk cache set to 128k, and the display set to 256 colors/greys. Since my SE/30 is not capable of 256 colors/greys, it was left at the stock 1bit setting.
Testing was done with the following storage devices in the SE/30:
|Device||Overall||Random Read||1K Read||4K Read||16 K Read||64K Read||256K Read||Random Write||1K Write||4K Write||16K Write||64K Write||256K Write|
|G4 AGP w/PATA SanDisk UltraII||821||1358||1727||4927||9647||12757||13221||253.9||646.1||5527||8988||10215||10414|
|G4 AGP w/ATTO SCSI SanDisk UltraII||450||956||1200||2845||4493||5257||5364||227||508||1520||3264||4359||4444|
|G4 AGP w/ATTO SCSI Cheetah||348||329.7||1709||2780||3319||3485||3531||323.6||1744.8||2802||3319||3490||3533|
|PM6100/60 (reference system)||100.0||87.4||291||917||1968||2037||2061||23.4||69.2||251||736||1421||1855|
|Kingston Standard 8GB||63.4||207.0||289||437||501||520||524||68.8||145.4||324||444||491||493|
The Cheetah and SanDisk UltraII CF card were both tested with newly created filesystems on a 2000000K volume. The others were volumes of various sizes in whatever state they happened to be in when tested.
Some of these tests were run multiple times, although not reflected here. The variation between runs was as high as 12% in the case of the Kingston Standard CF card. To get more accurate numbers, each test should be run multiple times.
Low End Mac also did a benchmark of drives in the SE/30 here. They used a benchmark program called TimeDrive 1.3 which does not seem to be available.
Updated to include the SanDisk Ultra II CF card tested using the IDE-CF adapter configured on the primary PATA bus as a slave on the G4 AGP machine
Updated to include the SanDisk Ultra II CF card tested using an ATTO PCI SCSI card, R-IDSC-E SCSI-IDE converter, and IDE-CF adapter on the G4 AGP machine
Updated to include the Seagate Cheetah disk using an ATTO PCI SCSI card on the G4 AGP machine