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Drive Comparison Table and Test Setup

1,000 GB: Three Samsung TB Drives
Manufacturer Samsung Samsung Samsung
Model Spinpoint F1Spinpoint F1 RAID ClassEcoGreen F1
Model NumberHD103UJHE103UJHD103UI
Form Factor3.5" 3.5" 3.5"
Capacity1000 GB 1000 GB 1000 GB
Spindle 7,200 RPM 7,200 RPM 5,400 RPM
Other Capacities160, 250, 320, 500, 640, 750 GB160, 250, 320, 500, 640, 750 GB250, 320, 500, 640, 750 GB
Platters 3 3 3
Cache 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB
NCQ Yes yes yes
Interface SATA/300 SATA/300 SATA/300
MTBF 600,000 h 1,200,000 h 600,000 h
Operating Temperature 0-60°C 0-60°C 0-60°C
Specified Idle Power 6.7 W 7.7 W 5.0 W
Measured Idle Power 7.2 W 6.8 W 4.3 W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read) 70 G 70 G 70 G
Warranty 3 years 5 years 3 years

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor(s) 2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s) Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Networking Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NICv
Graphics Subsystem On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
Performance Measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics Driver Default Windows Graphics Driver
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    Kari , September 23, 2008 11:18 AM
    WTF is that amch questionmarket survey that keeps hijacking my browser everytime I continue to the next page! It's getting pretty annoying and I don't 'qualify' for the survey but that doesn't stop them from trying.. >:( 
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    randomizer , September 23, 2008 12:02 PM
    No surveys showing up here.
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    Dogsnake , September 23, 2008 1:06 PM
    What survey? No problems going page to page on 3 separate systems I checked with. Maybe your infected?
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    one-shot , September 23, 2008 1:51 PM
    I just imagine that smug little cat saying "no problems here" like it knows whats going on. That pic makes me laugh, all the smugness
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    arkadi , September 23, 2008 3:10 PM
    i hope to see performance of Raid configuration on popular chip sets. Raid 0,5. I have 2 Spinpoint F mainstream model drives on my nforce4 sli Raid 0, and i can fell the differents in performance comparing 2 my old two 250 wd raid drives (Raid 0).
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    SDLeary , September 23, 2008 4:32 PM
    Could you perhaps do some comparisons with the WD Caviar Green? Its not listed on the main spec page, but these drives are supposed to have a variable rotation speed; between 5400 and 7200. If the Samsung is fixed 5400, then there might be some performance differences!

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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 23, 2008 4:40 PM
    Link failure. :\
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 23, 2008 4:43 PM
    Er, ignore that. Replied in the wrong tab.

    What I wanted to post here is that I also want to see a comparison with the 5400/7200 variable speed drives. Does that offer any real advantage, and what about the power savings?
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    ravenware , September 23, 2008 6:38 PM
    Yes! Finally another hard drive review, because these are so much different than the last hard drives that were reviewed.

    Can we have another SSD review this week too? You know, one that shows how great the SSD performs but how it also costs too much?
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    Kari , September 23, 2008 6:52 PM
    DogSnakeWhat survey? No problems going page to page on 3 separate systems I checked with. Maybe your infected?

    nah I'm clean.
    Looks like it's gone now. It used to be a little popup window before that i blocked but today it was more aggressive and annoying. And I've never seen it on any other sites, only here at toms, must be some sponsor or smthgn... Heres hoping they got ridd of it permanently
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    caskachan , September 24, 2008 10:09 AM

    samsung latest batch of 1tb drives could not perfrom well at high speeds so, what thye do
    sell them as eco friendly low spinning drives yay!

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    Anonymous , September 25, 2008 10:38 AM
    The "green" moniker is obvious marketing babble. These drives are designed and very well suited for non-pc appliances like settop boxes and game consoles. In the pc arena you mentioned HTPC and NAS but office pc's can also use a quiet and cool running drive. To me all these lower performance applications look like at least 50% of the market.
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    jacke , September 30, 2008 7:07 PM
    1 TB is now in Your notebook. Take Dell Precision M6400


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    JonnyDough , October 4, 2008 12:30 PM

    Wait, is it just me or is Kari also Randomizer...? Hmm. Delete the profiles? Check ISP #s? Where is the Stasi when you need them.
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    randomizer , October 5, 2008 1:52 AM
    JonnyDoughWait, is it just me or is Kari also Randomizer...?

    Why would you say that? And why would I need another profile? :lol: