BARE FEATS asks:
How much speed do I
gain in my Beige G3 if I replace the original 4 gig Fireball with a
$199 Maxtor 20 gig drive?
© 1999 Rob Art Morgan, editor of BARE FEATS
Adding this drive nearly doubled the write speed of the Beige G3.
It even outperformed a Yosemite G3/400 whose MacBench rating was
1090 (6 gig Fireball). It's a no brainer for any Mac user with the
need for a larger, faster IDE drive.
Test Configurations &
- The test computer was a Beige G3 266
DT with a PowerLogix G3/466 ZIF upgrade and 128M of
- The original drive was a Quantum
Fireball SE 4 gig. The replacement drive was a Maxtor Diamond Max
Plus 20.4 gig UltraDMA/66 EIDE. (The Maxtor drive was purchased
on special at CompUSA Honolulu for $199. There have been similar
specials at Onsale, Costco, and Staples. Check with
- I installed both drives as MASTER.
If you want to keep both drives connected, one must be set up as a
SLAVE. This only works if you have a REV 2 Beige G3. (See
Accelerate Your Mac's upgrade
instructions for IDE drives.)
- Before the tests were run, both
drives were freshly formatted with HD Setup version 1.7 and Mac OS
8.6 was installed. The Maxtor was divided into two partitions: 4
gig and 16 gig. The tests were run in the 4 gig partition
containing the System Folder.
5.0 attempts to simulate a
mix of real world disk operations. The disk cache was set to 512K
instead of the default setting to minimize effects of
Hard Disk Tookit has an
excellent Bench Test module that can give accurate information on
Sustained Read/Write, Random Read/Write, Transactions/Second, etc.
(There's a special price of $35.95 if you go to the
Order page and inter "6sum99"
in the discount code field.)
A big THANK YOU to...
Consult my Hot
...David Tasaka of Lyte-On
for the use of his Beige G3 DT for testing
for the use of the G3/466 ZIF upgrade
for best prices on these and other products.
Or go see more Speed
© 1999 Rob Art Morgan, editor of
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