IBM Ultrastar 2ES DCAS-34330

Average Score

Business Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

1264

SS/Database

1100

WP

1530

Publishing

1196

Browsers

1436

Task Switching

1650

High-End Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

3536

AVS/Express 3.1

2188

Frontpage 97

2974

MicroStation 95

7044

Photoshop 4.0

2594

Premiere 4.2

6812

PV-Wave 6.1

2584

Visual C++ 5.0

8094

Disk/Read Random Access (ms)

16.2

Disk/Read Transfer Rate (KB/s)

Beginning

8160

End

5100

Disk/Read CPU Utilization (Percent)

4.4

Transfer Rate (KB/s)

8157

The Ultrastar 2ES is IBM's entry-level 4.5 GB drive. Entry-level does not necessarily mean low-cost, though, as the 2ES weighs in at a hefty $500. The drive is conspicuously the only 5400 RPM drive in this roundup, with performance to reflect its slow spindle speed. It posted the second-slowest Business WinMark 98 score along with the third slowest High-End Winmark showing of the group. The drive's manual was thorough and easy to follow. Even so, the Ultrastar 2ES' pokey performance combined with its fairly high price make it a very hard recommendation. Users looking for an entry-level SCSI drive would be better serviced by Quantum's Viking or Seagate's Hawk 4XL.

IBM Ultrastar 2XP DCHS-34550

Average Score

Business Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

1426

SS/Database

1208

WP

1788

Publishing

1350

Browsers

1668

Task Switching

1616

High-End Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

3732

AVS/Express 3.1

2606

Frontpage 97

3210

MicroStation 95

7396

Photoshop 4.0

2254

Premiere 4.2

7662

PV-Wave 6.1

2998

Visual C++ 5.0

7346

Disk/Read Random Access (ms)

12.6

Disk/Read Transfer Rate (KB/s)

Beginning

9570

End

6540

Disk/Read CPU Utilization (Percent)

6.9

Transfer Rate (KB/s)

9101

IBM's Ultrastar 2XP weighs in as the most expensive drive in this roundup, an astonishing $800 in price. IBM provides a thorough multi-lingual manual. One would infer top performance from this drive, especially in the light of IBM's showing in the UltraATA drive roundup. The 2XP does indeed provide decent performance, but nevertheless disappointed given the price. Seagate's Cheetah and Barracuda both bested the Ultrastar 2XP in performance and both cost significantly less. This drive cannot be recommended due to its lofty price.
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