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    300Gb Serial ATA Drives

    300Gb Serial ATA Drives:

    Is the only difference between a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 and a Maxtor Maxline III the warranty length?

    Are serial ATA controllers all pretty similar performance wise?

    Any comments on how a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 performs compared to a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 / Maxline III? Reviews I have read seem to put the Maxtors ahead.
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    Yes, the DM10 and Maxline are physically identical.

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    Thanks, pretty much made my final choice based on the storagereview performance database. So I have to decide if ten pounds extra for two further years of guarantee seems worth it.
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    Naw, i think the OEM 3yr Maxtor warranty is more than enough. 1TB drives will be out by 2006 with perpendicular recording technology.

    Personally, I have both 2x 300Gb Maxtor DM10 and 2x 200GB Hitachies. I actually prefer the hitachies over the maxtors because of faster seek times and lower power consumption. The maxtors seem to be 'cheating' when it comes to HDTach random seek tests because initially, it'll return a time of ~16ms, but as you repeat the test over and over again, it'll gradually go down to ~12ms. I think the bigger 16MB buffer has something to do with this. The hitachies are rock solid, ALWAYS scoring 11.6ms whether it be the run through the test or the 100th.

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    I think the Maxline drives have a different firmware; they're tuned for extra reliability and probably better performance in server-type tasks. Presumably this is at the expense of desktop performance somewhat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rave
    I think the Maxline drives have a different firmware; they're tuned for extra reliability and probably better performance in server-type tasks. Presumably this is at the expense of desktop performance somewhat.

    Agreed they are more server oriented so that they are designed to be used in an intensive situation.

    However for standard desktop use just get the DiamondMax 10
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    Ah ok, thanks for that. I do not really want to sacrifice performance for the extra two years of warranty.

    Is that the Deskstar 7K you are using HKPolice? I had not really considered them but they look pretty favourable in the performance DB. Shame I cannot stretch to the 400Gb drive. Will a 7K really give comparable performance to a Diamondmax 10?
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    Comparison of the deskstar 7K400 vs DM 10:
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    Performance is very comparable.

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    Thanks, this review proved useful as well should anyone else be interested.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/...skstar-04.html
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