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Old 6th Oct 2009, 09:18   #1
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Review

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/sto...3-1tb-review/1

With a spindle speed of 7,200RPM, two 500GB platters and 32MB of cache, the Spinpoint F3 is the latest performance hard disk drive from Samsung, replacing the much loved Spinpoint F1. You guys demanded the review, so finally, here it is!

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Old 6th Oct 2009, 09:23   #2
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the “EcoGreen” F2, managed to hit the value sweet spot but left a lot to be desired when it came to performance because of its 500GB spindle speed
you mean 5400rpm spindle speed?
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Samsung cheesecake!



I can't recommend Samsung drives enough, I've got 6 drives and not one has failed.
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I can't recommend Samsung drives enough, I've got 6 drives and not one has failed.
I concur, Ive got 3 Samsung F1 drives and they've all been humming away nicely for years. Also as a side note, personally I like the "WHOOOOOP" start up noise, sounds very sci fi
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Glad to finally see this review and truth to tell, I'm not surprised at all by the details. Samsung have got a tried and tested formula for great HDDs. A little noise in my main gaming machine is acceptable with regards to the speed and the F2 is the perfect match for any Media PC.
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Picked a couple of these up last week. Stunning drives for the money.

Quiet and damn fast, kicks the bejeezus out of every drive in my box.
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Ooooooo if and when they do an equally zippy 2TB version it could be time to upgrade some the 7 1TB F1s I have in my rig
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Just yesterday I was wandering what is this F3 drive and since it looked like a new drive, why there was no review.

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i am impressed with that, i might even try it to see if its better than my 150g raptor, but i wont change out my other 5 drives for it, for a start its only 1tb, i want bigger and most importantly, whilst seagate drives have failed over the years, my pc is running constantly for the most part so i dont see that to be a problem as the mighty samsungs would surely fail too.

still a very well done to samsung
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We've been talking in the office and are wondering if Samsung has some software that's similar to Seagate where you can limit the amount of drive space so the head only reads the outside of the drive. Say, 200GB of space but 4ms response?
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I can't recommend Samsung drives enough, I've got 6 drives and not one has failed.
I concur, Ive got 3 Samsung F1 drives and they've all been humming away nicely for years. Also as a side note, personally I like the "WHOOOOOP" start up noise, sounds very sci fi
Thought I was weird, glad someone else feels the same way!
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i am impressed with that, i might even try it to see if its better than my 150g raptor, but i wont change out my other 5 drives for it, for a start its only 1tb, i want bigger and most importantly, whilst seagate drives have failed over the years, my pc is running constantly for the most part so i dont see that to be a problem as the mighty samsungs would surely fail too.

still a very well done to samsung
I really don't understand you on this comment... Seagate drives have failed on you in the past and you take that to mean that Samsung drives will too... Why?
My PC is always on and only gets a restart (never shut down) once every week or two and my Samsung drive is still ticking away after 2 years. Now I understand that there will always be some point of failure, but why think Samsung drives will fail just because you know of another company's drives that have?

You also raise another issue though that I forget to mention... is there any word on the grapevine of either F3 or F2 2TB Drives from Samsung?
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wow, nice review and nice drives!!! I picked up the F1 4 months ago, so I don't see any reason to to get this drive right now, but it is deffo on my Christmas list!!!
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4 of these in raid0 will "should" give some epic results for reads and writes. Any chnce of seeing what 2 of these perform like in raid against a 30gb vertex? similar total price.. obviously 30gb vs 2000gb but it should make for an interesting read all be it short.

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Great review, thanks for getting it out so quickly after the F2 review
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4 of these in raid0 will "should" give some epic results for reads and writes. Any chnce of seeing what 2 of these perform like in raid against a 30gb vertex? similar total price.. obviously 30gb vs 2000gb but it should make for an interesting read all be it short.

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We've found that real world testing (boot times, game loads) is pretty much anaffected by RAID0. Sequential speeds do benefit greatly though, so chances are it'd close the gap nicely, but the SSD would still be quicker in real world applications.
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4x F1's in my readynas been going for 1 year uptime now Think i'll go for 4x 2tb drives with room to grow in my next storage device!
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We've been talking in the office and are wondering if Samsung has some software that's similar to Seagate where you can limit the amount of drive space so the head only reads the outside of the drive. Say, 200GB of space but 4ms response?
Very amusing name but isn't that called Short Stroking? HURH HURH.
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