Intel Pentium III 933 MHz
128 MB Corsair PC133 memory
nVidia Geforce 256 SDR
Maxtor DiamondMax 80
i815 Ultra DMA/100 controller
Microsoft Windows 98SE
Windows 2000 Professional
Intel Busmaster DMA drivers 6.0
In order to compare the tests results I included results of two other drives, the IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30GB drive and the Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20GB drive.
The DiamondMax's 5400R.P.M spindle speed certainly cannot keep up with the other 7200 R.P.M drives, however in windows 2000 the drive's performance is increased considerably in contrast to Win98.
Looking at the chart we can see that even though the DM80 is hindered by a 5400R.P.M Spindle speed, its performance isn't that bad at all. Thanks to the 20GB per platter data density this drive is capable of achieving such high transfer rates.
In both instances the DM 80 beats the Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20GB drive with a good margin. As mentioned above this is due to the drives 20GB data density per platter and 2MB cache buffer.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this review if you're looking for low heat producing drive then a 5400R.P.M drive is the best. If the drive had a spindle speed of 7200.P.M, with its high 80GB capacity it would have made this drive significantly hotter no doubt.