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11-06-2002, 03:34 PM
Got|Apex has some good reviews on the correct products, but the graphs suck... hard.
Number one... they are useless until you download the enlarged version, which is usually 60+ kb. Very annoying on a 26.4k connection, still annoying on 640k DSL.
Once it is downloaded, its still difficult to extract any real comparitive information from them. The chart needs to be titled with what test your doing(burst speed, diskmarks, fps), then what you are reviewing (geforce4, tnt2..)needs to be right next to its mark on the graph... Matching up colors to compare more than three different products is kind of annoying.
Different tests that are independant of another should not be on the same chart. Random access and burst speed should not be on the same chart...
IMO, the best examples of a chart can be found at storagereview and anandtech.
Again, great information on products that need to be reviewed, the charts just need to be presented in a more useful manner.
11-06-2002, 08:00 PM
I appreciate your suggestions. I will remedy the problem with the graph's being too integrated. THis only occurs with a few graphs. However, the only thing I can do about the size is increase the compression and decrease visual quality. I will look into this.
All of the graphs have names at the top, and the side usually includes the metric informtuion. Furthermore, the way I have set up the graph's usually work very well, the colors separate each bar and distinguish them from others. Same color graphs can become to diffused and the message along with it.
Again, thanks your reading my review, and thank you for your comments, they are always important.
11-07-2002, 12:20 AM
you can save them as gif's instead of jpgs - they are much easier to read then.
11-07-2002, 04:56 PM
Please understand that with my suggestions I am attempting to make the Got|Apex reviews 1000% more useful.
The problem is not in your color, its in your layout.
On the graph, the different models of products should not be distinguished from one another by color. They should have their name right next to their bar in the bar graph. If you want more information on the same graph, then distinguish each TEST by color.
Don't do this in excel:
Random Access Burst Speed Average Read
Cheetah 5.9 80 52.5
Barracuda 13.4 58.9 36.6
Seagate 10.8 51.6 23.8
Cheetah Barracuda Seagate
Random Access 5.9 13.4 10.8
Burst Speed 80 58.9 51.6
Average Read 52.5 36.6 23.8
Don't mix your units in one graph. i.e. mbps should not be on same graph as ms.
As for download size, drop the mountain background and save it as a gif, not a jpg.
12-19-2002, 02:15 PM
Whats the power interface on the drive? They are available and I want to buy one buy I dont know if the drive I want (ST380023AS) has the new style or old style power connector. Is there an adaptor?
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