Recently, EnvyNews reviewed the 160 MB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 SATA (see this page
) and were quite ecstatic. The drive is rated 27 dB idle, 35 dB seek, though it's not clear if that is with or without any acoustic management options. These aren't bad numbers, but I'm not sure how to think about the reviewer's subjective judgement ("Even with my case fans turned off temporarily I could not hear the drive over the ambient sounds in the room.") Their benchmarks largely showed a substantial performance advantage (sometimes 20-50%!) over others tested in the same rig (Seagate 'Cuda V, PATA & SATA, Maxtor DiamondMax Plus PATA). BTW, this drive used FDB.
BTW, I haven't seen this SATA drive on storagereview.com, though they did look at the PATA version (see their site at search for their 27 Feb review
). If Maxtor's PATA version has the same internals, sound level should be comparable, though SATA could be substantial faster. Storagereview's numbers showed the PATA performance to be quite good (grossly similar to IBM 180GXP) and reasonably quiet ("its noise floor approaches that of Seagate's latest Barracudas").
1) How does the real-life sound level measure up by SPCR's exacting standards?
2) Are these possible performance specs really that subtantial?
3) If answers to 1 & 2 are positive, could this be the drive that overturns Maxtor's ban?
4) If 1, 2, & 3, where can I get these drives?
Inquiring minds want to know.