iPEAK multitasking performance
The mean service time of each drive is reported in milliseconds, with lower values representing better performance.
Both drives enjoy a healthy performance boost from NCQ in our dual file copy test, with the DiamondMax drive's performance improving by an impressive 19%.
NCQ also proves valuable during the creation of a compressed file. Performance improves when copying files and loading an MPEG2 video into VirtualDub, although the Maxtor drive doesn't get much faster at the latter.
Results are more mixed when we turn our multitasking to compressed file extraction. Here, the DiamondMax 10 is barely faster with NCQ enabled during a VirtualDub import, and actually slower during a file copy. The Barracuda performs better with NCQ in both instances, although the NCQ performance advantage in the file copy test is pretty slim.