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 IBM Deskstar 60GXP - Preamble
 Date  : Aug 31st, 2001
 Category  : Storage
 Manufacturer   : IBM
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh
IBM drives have always been generally associated with quality and performance, albeit with more sticker shock. It has consistently been the pioneer in IDE drive density, up till 1999 when IBM and Western Digital collaborated by sharing their technologies. This resulted in the IBM Deskstar 22GXP and the Western Digital Expert AC418000, units which were neck and neck with each other, so much so that deciding between the two was simply a matter of brand preference and price. Ironically, Western Digital now takes the pole position, being the first to release a 7200 RPM IDE drive with a 20GB/platter density, the Caviar WD400BB. Other manufacturers followed suit, with IBM being the latest in offering a similar storage solution.

Meet the new IBM Deskstar 60GXP, touted as IBM's flagship IDE hard drive. Like the Seagate U Series 5, its name is a bit of a misnomer, leading the end-user to think that it is the lower-end cousin of the 75GXP. The boot is on the other leg : it is the successor to the 75GXP. As implied earlier, it packs 20GB/platter to achieve a 3-platter flagship of 60GB. Note 3-platters as opposed to the flagship 5-platter, 15GB/platter design employed in the 75GXP, hence the "60GXP" and the "75GXP" misnomer. The drive packaging is your standard issue ESD bag, offering little protection against external shocks. Like most competitors, IBM specs an average seek time of 8.5ms and a 2MB buffer, making the 60GXP a suitable contender in the entry-level server arena. A de facto 3-year warranty backs the drive. Additionally, the 60GXP ships exclusively with the ATA-100 interface, though older specs (ATA-66 and ATA-33) will work as well. While there is now a valid justification for ATA-66, what with sequential transfer rates exceeding 33MB/s, it will be quite some time until anyone breaks the 66MB/s barrier to necessitate a real need for ATA-100.

The 75GXP was a screamer. Let's see what ZD's WinBench 99 has to say about the 60GXP.

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