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    Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    I'm running out of storage - again...

    Irritatingly however, finding decent reviews of the latest hard drives is proving difficult because everyone is obsessing over SSDs...

    Everything seems to be pointing to the Samsung F1 still being the drive of choice, which confuses me, as it was released in 2007. Are there new model numbers I should be looking for, or are there newer superior drives that top it for performance.

    All I am looking for is a terabyte drive with top performance, costing around £50-£60, which doesn't make too much noise... Primarily for gaming, but general snappiness is the priority

    Can anyone offer me any advice?

    Many thanks in advance

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    In 2007 it won't have cost you £50-60!

    It's a great drive, but not alone in being good - the Western Digital Black and Seagate 1TB drives are also great.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    I'd say Caviar Black too, but it is over £60 by more than a few quid.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Yeah, the WD 1TB Black is the best drive out there at the capacity as far as I'm concerned, but the F1 is still an excellent drive, and cheaper (coming from the guy who owns seven of them )

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Yeah, the WD 1TB Black is the best drive out there at the capacity as far as I'm concerned, but the F1 is still an excellent drive, and cheaper (coming from the guy who owns seven of them )
    Seven?

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    im in the same situation, looking for a new drive and i've almost decided that its gona be the WD black.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    I am very much swayed by the Black too at this moment, good performance and a 5 year warranty.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    The Black is a noisy drive though, that would put me off, looks like it might be an F1 for me then...

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/15363/13

    Remember that 3dB is twice as loud.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Not only is Samsung's new Spinpoint F1 a valuable addition to the existing terabyte drive offerings. It is also a multi-faceted product family that can address capacity demands, performance requirements and also cost pressures.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    I am not sure why the readings are so different between the site you linked and this one. For what it's worth, I find them inaudible on idle in a non-silent system (i.e. one with a stock GTS250 Green drive cooler).

    I decided to have a closer look at the new Seagate after kalniel mentioned it (I've not really followed Seagate's for a while, due to some of the negative press they had a while back, and several unimpressive releases). It does look like the latest 7200.12 ticks many boxes: http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2...1033.html?prod[2360]=on&prod[2369]=on

    Pretty much faster and quieter than the F1. Having said that, I am a little weary of Seagate's because my last drive, while perfectly functional, was a lot noisier than some reviews reported. Apparently, I wasn't alone in this and it wasn't a hardware fault - just a different batch made in a different country.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Alot of ppl around these forums seem to have had problems with F1, hmmm seems odd maybe they are a one off? thou with the price cuts, this is a bargin buy !! If you get the Samsung F1 make sure its not the EcoGreen F1 get the Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ - Selling at ebuyer.com for £57.80. and with all your spare drives get a NAS box.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Why not move up a class to a 1.5TB Ecogreen F2?
    Assuming you use it purely for storage there is really no need for a 7200rpm drive, and the 5400rpm F2 is neck-to-neck against 7200rpm F1 on sequential transfer due to its higher density platter.
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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    We should be seeing the Samsung Spinpoint F3 with 1TB on two platters soon, right?

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    I have one of the older Sammy 500GB drives and it hasn't let me down so far!

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by TooNice View Post
    I am not sure why the readings are so different between the site you linked and this one. For what it's worth, I find them inaudible on idle in a non-silent system (i.e. one with a stock GTS250 Green drive cooler).
    Thanks for all your comments. Could anyone else weigh in on whether their experience of the Black is of a noisy drive or not. It's kind of a subjective thing I know, but it's the thrashing noise that irritates the most for me (when the drive is seeking).

    @arthurleung, I considered the 1.5TB for a while, but it too is noisy and I think I'll be putting a fresh install of windows on it and using it as my OS drive, so speed does matter

    It's been nearly two years since I installed XP on this machine so it's about time , of course, that means deciding whether to go Win7 full time - or sticking with XP... Choices choices.

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    Re: Is the Samsung F1 still the drive of choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarlGrey View Post
    The Black is a noisy drive though, that would put me off, looks like it might be an F1 for me then...

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/15363/13

    Remember that 3dB is twice as loud.
    No 10dB is twice as loud, its a logarithmic scale with 60 as a base line which is "ordinary conversation". An increase of 10dB is twice as loud.

    Your getting confused in that an increase of 3dB is twice as much power

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