The VL40 lags the DiamondMax 80
by a mere 1% when it comes to the IOMeter Workstation
Index, a normalized average of the Light, Medium, and Heavy
loads of our own IOMeter Workstation access pattern. This means that, like the DM80, the VL40 can't keep up with category leaders such as IBM's Deskstar 40GV
and Samsung's SpinPoint V10200
. A comparison with IBM's drive, for example, reveals the VL40 falling behind by nearly 16%.
This again yields a marked contrast between the industry's most popular and accepted benchmark (WinBench 99) and IOMeter, a much more configurable (and thus, by definition, more "synthetic") measure. Though our experience in every day use correlates better with IOMeter than WinBench 99, there has been significant dissent. Those who favor WB99 would argue that Maxtor's drive is much faster than IBM's.