View Full Version : Raptor vs. Maxtor Diamondmax 10

07-20-05, 11:46 AM
How does the 74GB Raptor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144366) compare with the Diamondmax 10 300GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144359)?

Besides more storage space, 16MB cache, SATAII, and a quieter operation, whats better about the Maxtor?


07-20-05, 11:52 AM
You basically named everything... I personally love the Raptor and since my PC Fans our louder then both of them spinning at max speed, the noise doesn't bother me.

07-20-05, 12:15 PM
I thought that the Maxtor's huge 16mb cache made its performance comparable to the Raptor. But maybe Im wrong?

07-20-05, 12:35 PM
The raptor has 10,000 RPM, plus lower latency and seek time. Basically means the raptor beats it in both sustained large transfers and several small transfers.

07-20-05, 04:32 PM
Ok so I guess my q is. Replace my raptor and 160 external with a Maxtor 300GB 16mb cache drive or just keep the two drives as they are? What about Seagate 300GB drive? Those only have 8mb's cache tho.

Maxtor or raptor and 160 external?

07-20-05, 04:42 PM
id go for the internal space, but thats me and im biased as i have the maxtor :p

07-20-05, 05:03 PM
Ive got a Seagate 7200.8 200gig and its awesome. Windows boots extremely fast and games load much faster than they do on any of my friends' computers. It supposedly beats the Raptor in some tests, but really, hard drive benchmarks dont mean much to me... its VERY fast, VERY quiet, runs cool, has lots of space and the price was amazing (about $115 shipped last month). Also, theres a 5 year warranty, and since its Seagate, itl probably far outlast that.

I cant recommend anything but a high end Seagate drive honestly, though my last drive was a Maxtor DM+9 and it was good too (still running great in my AthlonXP system).

07-20-05, 05:12 PM
The seagate 250 7200.8 for ~125 plus tax is looking good. Now, anyone interested in either a 74GB raptor and/or a WD 160GB drive w/external enclosure?

07-20-05, 06:38 PM
If your only real concern is more space then fine. If performance is paramount I cannot understand why you'd want to do yourself the injustice of stepping down to a 7200 rpm drive for windows/primary apps.

I just got two of the SATA II hitachi desktars for storage and they are great but they do not compare to the way business apps and games load, not to mention windows boot time and that kind of thing.

Oh well, just my 2c

Edit: How old is that raptor, what firmware is on it, and how much you selling for...I'd love to a 3 raptor raid 0 :D

07-20-05, 06:47 PM
I just want a one drive system again. I want a large, quiet, cool, and fast drive for everything; games, apps, OS, etc.

As for the raptor. I made a FS thread but...Selling for 125 shipped, its maybe 7 months old. As for the firmware, I have no idea. Lemme know, youve got first dibs.

07-20-05, 07:17 PM
stay with the raptor. SATAII isnt all its cracked up to be just yet. i just bought an NF4 board, i didnt get the NF4 ultra cause the only difference was the SATAII. i'm not getting rid of my raptor anytime soon, so SATAII doesnt mean to much to me yet.

07-20-05, 07:25 PM
I could stay with the raptor but I want more storage space and I want a one drive system again. If the drives sell, Ill get a replacement, either a seagate or a maxtor, if they dont sell, Ill keep what I have and say F it.

07-21-05, 10:23 PM
sorry man, not at that price for a 2nd hand raptor.

goodluck with your upgrades :o

07-21-05, 10:44 PM
The raptor is a little faster than the DiamondMax10... they are both very fast though.

07-21-05, 11:07 PM
well, IMO, the extra lil speed boost you get from the Raptor won't be worth it to get more space from the maxtor at all.... I mean if ya need space and get the raptor.. sure u can boost a few seconds faster, but if ya run outta space then ya will need to get another drive or erase some stuff :P

but if ya already have storage drives and want a booting drive.. hen by all means get the raptor :)

Son Goku
07-21-05, 11:52 PM
Unless the geometry on the drive is better (aka the sectors are much closer together), the 10k rpm drive will stack up better...

There was a site that gave the actual benchies on various hard drives I had found sometime back... If I could only remember what that site is...

07-22-05, 01:37 AM
Ive got a 74gb raptor(that I just sold, I think) and a WD IDE 160GB drive that Im currently using. The WD drive is silent, fast, and cool; plus its free...well, I dont have to spend anymore money atleast.

Thanks guys. I appreciate all the help. :)