Scores turned in by the Deskstar 40GV in the ZD Disk WinMarks aren't enough to keep up with category-leading drives such as the Western Digital Caviar WD450AA
or the Maxtor DiamondMax 60
. In the Business Disk WinMark 99
, Big Blue's drive lags behind offerings from WD/Maxtor by 14%. The margin increases in the High-End WinMark
(despite the 40GV's superior transfer rates
...), where the Deskstar falls behind by 18%.
The 40GV's scores, however, definitely aren't bottom tier. Despite not keeping up with Maxtor and WD, IBM manages to place its unit significantly ahead of drives from Quantum, Samsung, and Seagate. Compare the 40GV with Samsung's SpinPoint V10200, for example. In this match-up, we have IBM leading by margins of 24% and 28% respectively in the Business and High-End WinMarks.
Decent WinMark scores are only the start, however. How does the 40GV stack up in Intel's IOMeter? Read on and find out.