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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Review

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steveo_mcg 6th October 2009, 09:23 Quote
Jings, glad i held off on the F1.
Radical_Monkey 6th October 2009, 09:23 Quote
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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? :p
Jack_Pepsi 6th October 2009, 09:24 Quote
Samsung FTW!

:D

I can't recommend Samsung drives enough, I've got 6 drives and not one has failed.
Radical_Monkey 6th October 2009, 09:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
Samsung FTW!

:D

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
SchizoFrog 6th October 2009, 09:31 Quote
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.
marlowdrummer 6th October 2009, 09:33 Quote
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.
niiiiiiiiiiice
Jenny_Y8S 6th October 2009, 09:35 Quote
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 :)
impar 6th October 2009, 09:37 Quote
Greetings!

Interesting.
In sequential tests it is the best of the pack, but not in random tests.
matee 6th October 2009, 09:40 Quote
Just yesterday I was wandering what is this F3 drive and since it looked like a new drive, why there was no review.

THANKS!!
mrb_no1 6th October 2009, 09:46 Quote
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
Bindibadgi 6th October 2009, 10:02 Quote
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? :D
Combatus 6th October 2009, 10:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Radical_Monkey
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
Samsung FTW!

:D

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!
SchizoFrog 6th October 2009, 10:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrb_no1
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?
logan'srun 6th October 2009, 10:10 Quote
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!!!
andrew8200m 6th October 2009, 10:14 Quote
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.

Andy
cosmic 6th October 2009, 10:23 Quote
Great review, thanks for getting it out so quickly after the F2 review
Baz 6th October 2009, 10:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
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.

Andy

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.
p3n 6th October 2009, 10:50 Quote
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!
Jack_Pepsi 6th October 2009, 10:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
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? :D

Very amusing name but isn't that called Short Stroking? HURH HURH.
Bindibadgi 6th October 2009, 11:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
Very amusing name but isn't that called Short Stroking? HURH HURH.

Yes that's precisely it.
stonedsurd 6th October 2009, 11:58 Quote
I predict that this comments thread is going to go bonkers in a very short span of time. This drive's been on everyone's watch list and it certainly hasn't disappointed.

Also, it's currently the cheapest 7200rpm 1TB drive on Newegg, with free shipping. Doesn't get much sweeter than that!
leexgx 6th October 2009, 12:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
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? :D

partition the disk 200gb sorted your short stroked your hdd (that all the segate/WD tool does nothing special, start of the disk is fast)
Greenie 6th October 2009, 12:16 Quote
The question is: does the F3 make the WHOOOP noise? :)
bowman 6th October 2009, 13:00 Quote
I have 8 F1 drives, two of them have been running without ventilation 24/7 for months.

<3 Samsung
bogie170 6th October 2009, 13:02 Quote
I got 3 F1's and 1 F3 and they are all awesome drives. No failures at all.

I knew the F3 was gonna get a high mark which is why I have been pestering for Bit-Tech to review it.

:D

Samsung F1 vs F3:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=175331
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