GamePC heeft een vergelijkende review van de IBM Deskstar 34GXP en Quantum Fireball KX neer geplant. Beide schijven hebben een toerental van 7200rpm, de IBM doet het echter met vier keer zoveel cache als de Quantum. Niet geheel onverwacht bleek de IBM dan ook net iets beter te presteren:
The IBM Deskstar did not out perform the Quantum Fireball Plus KX by much. Leaving to understand IBM’s larger buffer advantage does not increase the overall performance by much. Overall, the Fireball Plus stays close behind in many of the tests due to his slightly quicker reading access time. A person may thing, oh .5 MS difference, what a big whoopdee doo but in fact that .5 MS makes up for the lower buffer size and how it can still stay and play with the big boys. Another thing to note is how quite both drives ran when testing the two. Both drives were actually quieter then the case fans. As for heat produced by the two spinning at 7200 RPM’s, the Deskstar did run considerably warmer (which is no surprise since I have the 22GXP and it too runs fairly warm) over the KX. Cooling is probably not needed for both drives, but if data safety is on your priority list, then something like the Bay Cooler or Cool Drive should do just perfectly.