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Samsung Spinpoint F2

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by w311zy, 28 May 2009.

  1. w311zy


    Joined: 1 Aug 2008

    Posts: 509

    Location: Manchster

    Anybody got any views on these ? Just got one for storage and was wondering what people think :)
  2. parkie


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 450

    Location: Lincoln

    good question, has anyone benchmarked one against a 7200 drive, i'm thinking of getting one.

  3. CaptainCrash

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Sep 2008

    Posts: 1,714

    I have one, it runs cool and quiet as advertised, although seek noise seems to be a little higher than a WD GP (in the bottom chamber of a P182).

    Average sequential reads according to HDTune are around 85MB/sec (max 105MB/sec), not much less than my two 7200rpm F1s which average around 95MB/sec (max 114-119MB/sec), and pretty much in line with benchmarks published elsewhere. For some reason though, access times are disastrous on my sample at >40ms - I haven't seen this reported anywhere else, so either it's a dodgy drive (it passes all SMART and ESTool tests) or there's some weird sort of firmware/controller/driver/software issue that I'm not aware of.

    I'm not too bothered about the performance aspect, as it's only used for video storage and access times are fairly unimportant, but I've had some bad experiences with Samsung drives lately so I'll be keeping a close eye on it. :)