We found the MAG3182LP lagging behind the best-of-class Atlas IV in most cases. Disk WinMark 99 scores place the Fujitsu drive between 7%-12% below the Atlas in Windows 95. Under NT, however, the difference dropped to an almost insignificant 4%-6%. ThreadMark tests illustrate a substantial Quantum lead, with the Fujitsu drive trailing by 14%-20%.
As we've come to expect with all Fujitsu drives, heat and noise levels for the MAE3182LP are commendable. Though it doesn't come close to approaching the silent operation of its Fujitsu ATA cousins, the drive probably is the quietest of this year's SCSI drives. The drive also runs rather cool in our well-ventilated case; a drive cooler is probably unnecessary in many instances.
The Fujitsu MAE3182LP is an alternative to the quiet and cool WD Enterprise WDE18300, though in most cases we found the WD drive edging out the Fujitsu in performance. If, however, you're looking for the best 7200rpm performance available, nothing has changed: Quantum's Atlas IV is still the best around.