the 7200.10 drives you linked to are different then the one I posted. that much is obvious by just looking at the HD tach results.
what I was saying though I admit the wording was bad with the peak sustained bandwidth was of the drive itself not the burst rate. the drive I listed has a peak transfer rate of what just at 105-110mb/s the raptor peaks at just under 90mb/s according to your link. avg read rate is at 86.8mb/s for the seagate drive while the raptor has an average read rate of 75.4mb/s. one thing with this though I would like to point out with average read rate is takes into account the whole size of the drive which means the seagate is also reading an additional 100gb of space. if you partitioned the seagate drive down to be an even 150gb as the raptor then the average read speed of the seagate would be much higher. if you notice at the end of the graph for your raptor link your reading by that point only at around what 52mb/s? and at that same 150gb spot the seagate is still over 80mb/s which is higher then the average read of the raptors.
also with your link yes maybe when your article came out 2 years ago on the 18th of may it might of been the fastest thing out there but by now things might of changed.
I would run more test for you but I have 4 of them in raid right now so I can't quite do so as a single drive untill vista gets here as I'm not going to take apart my raid till then.
so all I have to compare is this time is this vs the picture I posted above for a single 7200.10 drive. which on at least this where does the raptor win other then access time?