The benefits we have seen today are certainly more distinguishable than what we had seen in the late 1990's with 512k and 1024k ATA drive cache variations. Keep in mind, both hard drives were not exactly identical when it comes to the control parts but excluding the cache size and storage capacity, their seek times and remaining features were near identical although provided by different manufacturers. Although there was not much variation between the two drives in some of the benchmarks, when it came to intesive Iozone and Disk Wriggler tests, the true capabilities of a 16MB cache had definitely shined. Those not looking for the disadvantages of increasing the RPM of their mobile hard drive, a greater cache size on a lower speed drive is certainly another worthy investment for users frequently away from their desktop while demanding speed. Look forward to additional Linux mobile articles to be accompanying our desktop collection in the very near future here at Phoronix.
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