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Hardware Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 2 Oct 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Dragunover

    Dragunover New Member

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    What about the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB??
    From what I can tell it should be able to beat this hard-drive overall.
     
  3. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    I'm really sorry, but this sort of throws me when I'm reading through the article. Use MS Word right before you publish?

    From the review, I see that the current generation of 7200rpm drives have basically made the VelociRaptor a bit irrelevant. My poor baby :(
     
  4. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    Cheers for the spot - not sure how that made it through!

    Sadly yes, the 300GB VelociRaptor doesn't look too clever these days.

    I'm working on the 1.5TB F3 review as we speak - review next week!
     
  5. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    On the last 1GB you mean 1TB right?
     
  6. Paradigm Shifter

    Paradigm Shifter de nihilo nihil fit

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    First page - cache size... is that a typo? Because a cache size of 642MB is really impressive! :hehe:
     
  7. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    64MB is the the correct cache

    Indeed, it appears the edit fairies have been sleeping today! Either that or I'm just rubbish.
     
  8. Horizon

    Horizon Dremel Worthy

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    Honestly, to compare SSD's to Traditional hard drives is stupid, pointless at best. Literally it's like comparing a Corvette or Ferrari to a 1-ton Pickup Truck.
     
  9. mrbens

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    Thank you, that's exactly what I came here to say!

    Who is going to buy one of these 2TB at that price?

    Please review the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB instead.

    If you don't have a review model yet then buy one! They are only £51 at Aria. :D

    Also the 1.5TB F2 is only £61. If it's just used for storage the extra speed of the F3 won't be needed and the F2 should be quieter.

    Cheers guys.
     
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    But using your analogy the 1-ton Pickup Truck is being marketed as a supercar in the performance stakes! Omitting the results would give the casual reader an incomplete view and would make this drive look like it has amazing performance to beat everything else on the market.
     
  11. mrbens

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    I should have gone to Specsavers ;)

    Please compare it to the F2 for sound levels if possible as that is more important than speed for a storage drive in a quiet PC.

    Thanks :)
     
  12. trig

    trig god's little mistake

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    been using the 500 gb and 1 tb blacks in builds and love them. would love to see a review of the f3. surprised this drive came in noisy, as the others i have used seem very well mannered...
     
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    I take it nobody in the bit-tech offices does any large amount HD video editing, where a fast 2TB drive is a much better proposition than a screaming-fast-but-equally-expensive-and-tiny-capacity SSD. While SSD may be part of the future, I'm not holding my breath for a 2TB SSD, let alone waiting for one to sell for under $300/£230. Sometimes, in the pursuit of speed, it seems people lose sight of the overall picture.
     
  14. Horizon

    Horizon Dremel Worthy

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    Well that isn't far fetched as IRL, there were a few high performance trucks on the market a couple years back.
     
  15. Baz

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    All those waiting on the Spinpoint F3....I may have some bad news for you...
     
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    Bad news - like its not worth the money or you broke it and can't finish the review :wallbash:
     
  17. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    It still works and the review will still be going live next week, but those who think it'll be able to rival the WD 2TB Black are going to be surprised.

    **EDIT**Or I could have been accidentally testing the 5400 RPM EcoGreen instead and not realised i'd plugged in the wrong drive...whoops. Rest easy Samsung fans!
     
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  18. Phil Rhodes

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    These are potentially useful to me because I occasionally have the need to store 200MB/sec video streams.

    They're still expensive, though, so I'll be looking at 1TB versions for the forseeable. Beyond that SSD may begin to compete.
     
  19. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    I've been impatient and bought the F3..... I hope you're right
     
  20. John_T

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    A fair point, but for the money of this drive wouldn't you be better off doing your editing on the SDD, and then simply shipping the finished file onto a cheap HDD for storage? Although I'm one of those people who don't do any HD video editing - so I admit I'm only guessing - but surely even 2hr+ 1080p HD files are going to be sub-40GB?

    A good review, but this does seem to be an incredibly niche product - sandwiched as it is between vastly superior performance at one end, and vastly cheaper storage, (for not much of a performance hit) at the other.

    Like most people here, I'm a big fan of the Spinpoint series' mix of speed, low noise and low cost, (and have been since the 80GB drives) so will look forward to that...
     
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