The DiamondMax Plus D740X turns in an amazing 12.2 millisecond WinBench 99
-measured access time
. Subtracting 4.2 ms to account for the average rotational latency
of a 7200 RPM drive yields a measured seek time
of just 8.0 milliseconds... a figure that beats Maxtor's claim by 0.5 ms. Very nice! Its score very narrowly bests that of IBM's Deskstar 60GXP
to claim the lowest access time among contemporary ATA drives.
Transfer rates, though decent, aren't groundbreaking. The D740X's outer-zone score of 41.7 MB/sec propels Maxtor into the 40+ club, but the figure lags slightly behind drives from Seagate and Western Digital. The DiamondMax's inner-zone rate of 25.4 MB/sec is also a bit lower than the competition.