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Reviewed by: Ed Lau and Carl Nelson [07.10.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Maxtor, Seagate, Hitachi

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The Players (cont.)

While the Deskstar 180GXP has a bit of an identity crisis, it still has the same 7,200rpm and 8MB cache specs as the other drives.  Back in January, IBM and Hitachi combined to form Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and all IBM hard drives became Hitachi.  The IBM/Hitachi drive comes in 60 to 180GB capacities and also uses ATA100 instead of ATA133.

At press time, Western Digital still had not sent a drive for us despite my requests so you won't see any Caviar drives in this article but we hope they'll be included next time around.

And If Things Don't Work...

...after a year, you're screwed.  Yes, we've recently seen an unfortunate turn of events in the
storage industry.  Maxtor and Hitachi/IBM only provide a year of warranty coverage which may
be a little unsettling for anyone filling up that 200GBs of space.

Seagate provides the three years that we've come to know and love on its parallel ATA Barracuda
but strangely enough, the same can't be said of its serial ATA counterpart.

Testing Methods

Everything was done on my primary test rig

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1700+ @ 2.0GHz (2400+)
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X nForce2
Memory: Kingston HyperX PC3500 2x256MB
OS: Windows XP Professional with SP1 with NTFS file system

The following programs were used for performance benchmarking:

ZD Media Winbench 99
SiSoftware Sandra (v 2003.3.9.44)
TCD Labs HD Tach (v 2.61)
ATTO ExpressPCI Utilities (v 1.63)

We see a similar pattern in all the benchmarks here: The Seagate PATA falls considerably behind, and the Hitachi/IBM drive pulls aheads of the rest. A SATA interface helps Seagate quite a bit, but still not enough to keep up with Hitachi.

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