As one would imagine, a single-platter 5400 RPM drive with an 18 millisecond access time can only create so much noise and heat. The Protégé creates little of either and will work well in any configuration.
In conclusion, the Protégé surely isn't a drive that power-hungry SR readers would consider for themselves. Its scores in high-level benchmarks such as the WinBench Disk WinMarks or IOMeter, however, compare favorably to value units from the competition. If one needs a dirt cheap drive and can live with only 20 gigs, the Protégé deserves consideration.