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May 29, 2010 2:30:20 PM

ok, so im looking into buying a 1 Tb storage drive to go along with my 50 gig ocz vertex 2 ssd. my mobo does support sata 6 (not that hdd's even need it) but it does. the obvious choice would be the F3, but i found this new one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its a dual 500 gig platter hdd. i cant really find any reviews of it against the f3, but by the specs, i think it may beat it. 64 mb cache, a lot of WD technologies, WD reliability (im no WD fanboy, but come on, WD makes some seriously reliable hdd's, samsung hasnt proven itself as much.) sata 6 probs wont be a factor, but i suppose that counts as a plus. it is 10$ more, but i dont really care, and it has a 10$ promo code anyway lol. anybody know anything about this? looks like a decent alternative.

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May 29, 2010 2:54:18 PM

yeah, i figured it would be a bit faster, but a benchmark would be cool. also, as they are basically same price, i was wondering if WD is a safer/cooler/quieter.....drive, as it is for storage, and both of them are obviously very fast, so speed isnt a terribly big part past where they both are now.
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May 29, 2010 3:11:43 PM

I couldnt find an exact benchmark for that model but I did find a benchmark for this WD.

Western Digital RE4 WD2003FYYS 64MB cache $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Samsung F3 beats this drive so I would assume it would beat the drive you are questioning about 6.0Gb/s makes no difference on conventional drives.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

Passmark also places it ranked at 138 while the Samsung F3 is ranked 113.

http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/hdd_list.php
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May 29, 2010 4:41:54 PM

hmmmm, idk, that doesnt seem like too big of a lead...
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May 29, 2010 6:20:17 PM

thats kinda what im thinking. i currently have a WD 640 black, and has ran beautifully, and all my WD have run very well and long, so that looks like a pretty good alternative. however, this is also about in general, is that drive in the realm of the F3 and 7200.12.
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July 1, 2010 2:15:34 AM

Best answer selected by ares1214.
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