At the end of March, the Storage Review took a look at Maxtor's 11.5 gig DiamondMax 2880 and found it to be, overall, the fastest shipping ATA drive. Though we tested the 11.5GB heavyweight, there are many smaller members of the same 2880 family. Here we'll take a short look at the 5.7 gig model.
Like the 11.5, the 5.7 gig drive features an amazing 2.9 gigabytes per platter. Its basically half the drive, consisting of merely two platters instead of the larger drive's four. 5400rpm spindle speed, 9.0 millisecond access time, and a 256k buffer round out the other important specs.
As usual, its very easy to get your hands on one of these Maxtor drives. We picked up two retail packages from a local electronics megastore for only $229 each, before the traditional $30 retail mail-in rebate. Easy-to-follow documentation (I guess, but it may just be that I've played with too many drives because these retail packages seem to provide an awful lot of printed handholding ), mounting rails, overlay software and cabling were all included.
ZDBop's Winbench 98 along with Adaptec's Threadmark 2.0 were both run on the unit in Windows 95 OSR 2.1 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0. The drive was partitioned into a single volume of maximum size. The average of 5 trials are presented below.