The Deskstar series of drives can no longer claim to be among the quietest drives around. Offerings from Maxtor and Western Digital are distinctly quieter when seeking... as should be expected, given the competitions higher access times. After two hours of fully random seeks in our fairly cramped testbed, the 60GXP was quite warm but not hot to the touch. It should work in most systems without the use of active cooling.
In the end, IBM's Deskstar 60GXP delivers eerily similar performance to that of its predecessor. This may to many be a disappointment. In this day and age, however, simple maintenance of performance is welcomed. The 75GXP, after all, managed to fend off all comers and retain its long-standing StorageReview.com leaderboard slot. The 60GXP stands poised to take its place.