IBM's drive turns in impressive WinBench 99
scores when compared to the Quantum Fireball Plus LM
, the Leaderboard
champion at the time of this review. The Deskstar 75GXP's Business Disk WinMark 99 score weighs in at over 7600 KB/sec, besting the Quantum's score by a 14% margin.
The 75GXP's performance in the High-End Disk WinMark 99 (a measure chock-full of heavily STR-dependent applications) is even more impressive. Here we find the IBM falling just short of 20 MB/sec, a figure that places it ahead of the Fireball Plus LM by more than 20%.
As impressive as these figures are, however, they must be taken with the knowledge that WinBench 99's Disk Winmarks, by far the most popular measure of HD speed, are over a year and a half old. Thus, it's very important for drives to perform well in the more rigorous IOMeter. Let's see how the 75GXP fares.