- By Dave
won't bore you with the installation procedures
of this drive. We'll assume that if you
are reading this article that most likely you
have the technology and know-how to plug in the
connectors, partition and format a standard EIDE
Drive. The Quantum Fireball Plus AS is no
different in this respect. Let's move on
to the last few details of this drive before we
get to the benchmarks.
and General Performance
Size and Heat...
partitioned, we proceeded to format the 40 Gig
Fireball Plus AS we evaluated, and double check
the size after setup.
you can see, the Fireball Plus AS does deliver
the full 40G of data area plus a few extra
word on QDT (Quiet Drive Technology):
Fireball Plus AS is one of the quietest drives
we have ever tested here at the H.H. labs.
Quantum's QDT (those marketing guys really love
acronyms) or Quiet Drive Technology, definitely
performs up to its claims. This drive is
significantly quieter than the IBM Deskstar
75GXP drives that we have here in the lab.
If you are building a system for a corporate
environment or simply want peace and quiet, you
can't do better than the Fireball Plus AS, at
least acoustically speaking.
Finally, the drive also performs fairly well
with respect to heat output or the lack
thereof. The Fireball Plus AS under normal
operation, in our P4 system which is fairly
toasty at best, became just barely warm to the
touch. We felt comfortable letting it run
in standard ambient air temp inside the case
without the need for addition air flow or fans
around the bay in which it was housed.
4 setup with an ATA100 interface
Asus P4T Motherboard with Pentium 4 Processor @
Intel D850GB Motherboard with Pentium 4
Processor @ 1.5GHz.
256MB of Samsung PC800 RAMBUS DRDRAM,
IBM DTLA307045 45Gig ATA100 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Quantum Fireball Plus AS 40 - 40Gig ATA100 7200
RPM Hard Drive
nVidia GeForce 2 Ultra 64MB AGP Graphics Card,
Intel 100tx PCI NIC, 56K PCI Modem
Sound Blaster Live Sound Card,
Hitachi DVD ROM Drive,
Direct X 8.0 and nVidia reference drivers
Intel chipset drivers version 2.60a
- SiSoft Sandra