Initially we began testing these drives using Intels PIIX v3.01 Bus Mastering Drivers. After the initial benchmarking was completed, however, we found, as have many others, that the default drivers in Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 provide better performance with DMA enabled.
For this test, we used an ABIT LX6 motherboard (v1.1, bios v C7Q), a 266 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, a 64MB 10ns SDRAM DIMM, and a Matrox Millennium II PCI 4MB (bios v1.2, PowerDesk v3.80).
A notable omission in this review is Quantums Bigfoot TX 6.4GB unit. The 5.25" form-factor Bigfoot is positioned as an low-cost alternative to traditional 3.5" low-profile drives. The Bigfoot is not intended to be a high-performance drive, however, and lags significantly behind 3.5" drives in performance.
The Bigfoot is the drive most commonly found in major retail-brand systems such as Compaq and Hewlett-Packard. Expect a review of the Quantum Bigfoot on Anand Tech Affiliate: The Storage Review in the near future.
The boot drive (Western Digital Caviar AC31600) contained Windows 95 OSR 2.1 patched with Intels 82371xB INF Update and Microsofts REMIDEUP.EXE fix. The test drive in question was the sole device located on the secondary controller built into the motherboard. The drives DMA box under System Properties Device Manager was checked. The tests were run at 1024x768 with 24 bit color at 85 Hz using small fonts. ZDBops Startup Manager was used to prevent loading of background applications. ZDBops WinBench 98 v1.0s Disk Test Suites were run on all test drives.