The Bottom Line
Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 9 Serial ATA hard drive is the best performance desktop based drive currently available as long as you are willing to pay for the new technology.
- Very High Performance
- Has 4-pin Molex Power Connecter
- Very Expensive Compared to IDE Drives
- 160 GB Storage Capacity
- 7,200 rpm Rotational Speed
- 8 MB Cache
- 9.4 ms Average Seek Time
- Serial ATA Interface
- 4-pin Molex Power Connector along with SATA Connectors
- 1-year Limited Warranty
Guide Review - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA Hard Drive
Maxtor has made a very well tuned drive for their entry into the Serial ATA market. Currently the DiamondMax Plus 9 SATA hard drive is the top performing desktop hard drive available. With a large 160 GB capacity, users should have room to spare for all their files. One really nice feature on the drive is the inclusion of a standard 4-pin Molex connector alleviating the need for a SATA power adapter cable. With all these features and performance, expect the drive to cost more than your equivalent IDE based hard drive.