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Real World Tests

(Copy & Paste of the Windows XP CD)

Drive Tested
Raw Data
Transfer Rate
30GB 75GXP
492MB÷97sec
5.07MB/s
80GB 120GXP
492MB÷67sec
7.34MB/s

Final Remarks

All three tests point to a significant increase in performance, whether sustained (large files) or read/write (varying file sizes). Incidentally, the Windows XP Professional CD has 6491 files in 134 folders. This translates into an average file size of 75.8KB. The largest single file is the driver file at 74.9MB. Overall, the 120GXP series of drives, which includes 40GB, 80GB and 120GB models, is nearly 50% faster than the 75GXP series.

As far as overclocking goes, I used PCI speeds from 33.3Mhz to 35Mhz on a i815E motherboard with no issues. Also, I tested the 120GXP on a Asus P4T-E with PCI speeds from 30.0Mhz to 40.0Mhz. Stable as anything I've ever used. Properly setup, the 75GXP and 120GXP drives should last for years.

Conclusion

Lately, I've been reviewing many excellent products, which must be a welcome relief to many OEM's. Design quality and reliability have improved across the board for most product lines. The IBM 120GXP series satisfies in spades. For the absolute highest performance, nothing less than those high-buck SCSI drives will do, but for a greater value ratio, high-end IDE models are definitely up to the task. This drive scores a nine out of ten only due to a price tag that is about $30 USD higher than other 80GB 7200 RPM models. Other than that, I couldn't find anything but praise for a job well done from the inventor of the hard drive.

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William Yaple
01/03/01





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