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Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ vs. HE103SJ

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December 5, 2010 5:42:30 PM

So I'm looking at upgrading my storage drive, and after hearing about how loud the WD Blacks are, I started looking at the Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives. What's the difference between these two:|22-152-185^22-152-185-TS,22-152-238^22-152-238-TS

They seem virtually identical, except one is $69 and the other $99, with no discounts on either. The HE103SJ seems like a new model, since it only has 1 review. Other than a .03 difference in latency, they seem the same.

On a slightly different track, I can probably do just fine with the 500 GB version, as I only have about 116 GB of data. Are there any advantages to getting the smaller, single-platter drive?

Thanks in advance!
December 5, 2010 7:33:09 PM

Well, from what I can tell, the F3R HE10SJ is the new RAID version, hence the "R" added to F3, which I hadn't noticed before. If that's the only difference that seems like a steep price difference, although RAID isn't a concern for me since I use NAS.

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December 5, 2010 8:20:09 PM

the single platter 500gb will generate less heat than the multiplattered drive otherwise there is no real difference. I've run two of the 1tb HD103SJ drives in a raid 0 with no issues for about 3 months now.
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December 9, 2010 1:41:38 AM

this is how I roll:
storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
boot: OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II

Do you run games and apps on your boot or your storage? I was thinking of running a Crucial C300 128 for OS and apps, and 2 X HD103SJ RAID 1 for storage. For the storage, I was also glancing at the Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB, but wasn't sure if a 5400 storage drive would take away any of the added gain from the SSD OS/boot drive.
December 15, 2010 11:52:57 PM

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February 4, 2011 6:13:56 AM

This is a good question that deserves a good answer...

The HE is Samsung's "Enterprise Level Drive" and comes with a 5 year warranty compared to the HD's 3 year.

The other differences are almost negligible:
HD is slightly more quite at idle and performance about 0.2 Bel.

The HE draws about .1 Watt less during most operations.

If you have a RAID capable NAS (purchased without drives) most of them (Netgear NV's for example) carry a five year warranty, so logic would dictate your drives have the same warranty duration.