Daarnaast is IBM's 75GXP met 7200rpm en platters van 15GB alvast geschikt voor ATA/100, alhoewel we daar niet al te veel van hoeven te verwachten volgens Storage Review. De meeste nieuwe Socket A en i815E borden zullen echter wel de interface ondersteunen.
In addition to performance, IBM drives have been renown for quiet, unobtrusive operation. IBM's Deskstar 5, for example, was markedly quieter than the competition… and remember, that was a couple years before the emphasis on acoustics currently sweeping ATA drive manufacturers. The Deskstar 75GXP is no exception, turning in muted performance reminiscent of the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40. In other words, it's a bit quieter than the similarly performing Quantum Fireball Plus LM.
The drive also operates just slightly warm to the touch in our minitower-based testbed without active cooling. Remember, however, that we've deviated from our usual policy of testing flagship models. We're normally able to deliver "worst case" scenarios when it comes to heat and noise projection since it stands to reason that the drive model with the most platters would emit the most of both in the family. The larger brothers of the 45 gig 75GXP (60 gigs and 75 gigs) may be a bit hotter, or a bit noisier than what we experienced here.