Pros:Amazing Performance, good price
Cons:May perform poorly on some motherboards.
The Bottom Line: This is an excellent drive in Performance, and in Price. Watch for motherboards that have the VT8233A south bridge.
-Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 "Ultra Series"
Recommend this product?
Western Digital was the first company to bring an 8MB cache to the IDE world. They have held the performance crown for some time now. Up until recently the Western Digital JB HDDs have remained unchallenged.
Enter the Maxtor DMP9... It also sports a 7200rpm drive, and 8MB of cache. It also bring to the performance table liquid bearings, and ATA133.
MSI KT3 Ultra - VIA KT333 chipset - VIA Hyperion v.4.45
AMD Athlon XP 1600 @ (10.5*166) 2200 overclock
VisionTek Geforce4 Ti 4200se 128MB - nVidia Ref. 41.09
Philips Acoustic Edge PSC706 - v.1.89 WDM
512MB Corsair XMS PC3200 C2
3COM 10/100 ethernet
Windows XP Pro - SP1
Sisoft Sandra 2003 Pro
Drive Index - 31,876
Read Speed Maximum - 51276kps
Read Speed Average - 45542kps
Read Speed Minimum - 35431kps
Is the new Maxtor drive fast? In a word, yes.
Is it quiet? Absolutely, 24dB in search mode makes this one of the quieter drives on the market. A lot of this has to do with the FDB motor, and the liquid ball bearings.
There are also some small advantages to ATA133. We have all had to deal with barriers in our lives, and the IDE/ATA standard is no different. The shift to ATA133 also includes a change in addressing from 32-bit to 48-bit, allowing the IDE interface to take advantage of drives larger then 137GB. While this is a good thing... It seems kind of pointless. Serial ATA is just around the corner, and ATA100/133s days are numbered.
When tested on a motherboard that features the VT8233A southbridge, there are major problems with bandwidth.
This includes motherboards for both Intel, and AMD processors.
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