SLCentral - Your logical choice for computing and technology
Latest Deals   
Various options regarding this article
Discuss This Article
Print This Article
E-Mail This Article

Navigation
  • Home
  • Search
  • Forums
  • Hardware
  • Games
  • Tech News
  • Deals
  • Prices
  • A Guru's World
  • CPU/Memory Watch
  • Site Info
  • Latest News
    Corsair TX750W Power Supply Unit Review
    Businesses For Sale
    Shure E530PTH Earphones Review
    Guide to HDTVs
    Cheap Web Hosting
    >> Read More
    Latest Reviews
    Corsair TX750W Power Supply Unit - 4-/-0/2008
    Shure E530PTH Earphones - 9-/-0/2007
    Suunto T6 Wrist Top Computer - 1-/-0/2007
    Suunto X9i Wristwatch - 9-/-0/2006
    Shure E3g Earphones - 5-/-0/2006
    >> Read More
    SL Newsletter
    Recieve bi-weekly updates on news, new articles, and more


    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drive
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: May 4th, 2003
    SLRating Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drive (200GB): SLRating: 9/10
    SLRating Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drive (160GB): SLRating: 8.5/10
    Bottom Line: If you are need more space on your PC, the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drives are inexpensive, offer high capacity and performance. We believe they are good value but is it worth paying extra for 8MB of Cache and how did they perform? Read on to find out in our official review....

    Find the lowest price for this product
    Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    >> Discuss This Article


    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB

    Pros

    Cons

       

    Reasonably Priced

    Installation (Not sure how common)

    Large Capacity

    160GB drive performed better in HD Tach

    8MB Cache

    Seek times slightly high

    Fast

     

    SLRating: 9/10

     

     

    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB

    Pros

    Cons

       

    Reasonably Priced

    Installation (Not sure how common)

    Large Capacity

    Low Sandra Results (Could be my PC)

    Performed better then 200GB in HD Tach

    Seek times slightly high

    Fast Enough

     

    SLRating: 8.5/10 (Would like to give 8.25)

    Conclusion

    It's pretty obvious that I enjoyed working with both drives. They were quiet, inexpensive, and fast in many situations. However, I did experience problems with the 160GB drive while benchmarking. I found that one of the three tests conducted produced unusually low results (Sandra), but I believe this is a personal computer problem, so I couldn't really say that the drive wasn't good because of this, since other people achieve much higher results.

    So, is it worth getting a 8MB cache drive, or should you go with the 2MB cache? Well, I believe it's worth the extra money for the 8MB. According to PriceWatch at the time of the review writing, the 160GB 8MB cache Maxtor drive costs just $12 more then the 2MB cache, making the price $185 with shipping. The 200GB drive can be found for about $225.

    With the expansion of SATA drives, it's an even harder decision when purchasing a new hard drive. SATA offers better performance, but it is usually more expensive. Once again, for the casual user, SATA isn't necessary. But if you are a hardcore user, SATA might be good in your system. While there isn't a huge performance difference between SATA and ATA/133, there is some, and if you require top-of-the-line performance, SATA would be the way to go. But, if you are looking for a inexpensive, high capacity drive, that offers performance and value, the DiamondMax Plus 9 Series is the way to go.

    Gallery Go the the next page
    Article Options

    Post/View Comments   Post/View Comments
    Print this article   Print This Article
    E-mail this article   E-Mail This Article
    Article Navigation

    1. Introduction
    2. Design
    3. Installation
    4. Performance
    5. Conclusions Pros/Cons
    6. Gallery

    If you liked this review, you may like...

    Maxtor 5000 Dic Drive Review

    Liteon CD/RW Review

    Radeon 9700 Pro Review


    Browse the various sections of the site
    Hardware
    Reviews, Articles, News, All Reviews...
    Gaming
    Reviews, Articles, News...
    Regular Sections
    A Guru's World, CPU/Memory Watch, SLDeals...
    SLBoards
    Forums, Register(Free), Todays Discussions...
    Site Info
    Search, About Us, Advertise...
    Copyright 1998-2007 . All Rights Reserved. Thursday 18th January 2018 04:16 AM Legal | Advertising | Site Info