Platypus QikDrive8

The QikDrive8 is a PCI card that plugs into a free slot on your motherboard. It is 32.5cm long and will require a reasonable space around it for the ECC SDRAM strips to sit unhindered. It comes with drivers for Windows 98/NT/2000, as well as Linux. The unit reviewed had two 512MB memory modules in place and is upgradeable to a maximum of 8GB.

The QikDrive8 showed that it has what it takes to make a substantial difference to a machine's performance. In applications that use disk space for caching and virtual memory, an average performance gain of almost 800 per cent was obtained over a conventional drive. Adobe Photoshop realised the most dramatic gain; its speed was improved by almost 1500 per cent.

Since 1GB is priced at just over $6000, the cost per megabyte of the QikDrive8 puts it out of the buying range of most home users. For business users wishing to ramp up server machines, graphic workstations and the like, this Australian product can significantly improve a system's performance.

Platypus QikDrive8

Price: $6094 (configured at 1GB)

Supplier: Platypus Technology

Phone: (02) 9460 6860


Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Warren Thrush

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?