Samsung SpinPoint F1 (500GB) review

29 Apr 2009

Average performance and features: this month's worst SpinPoint disk.

Price when reviewed: 
47(£47 inc VAT)
3

The SpinPoint brand carries plenty of kudos, but that doesn't ensure success - this 500GB drive, for instance, is one of the poorest on show this month.

The 8MB cache can't compete with the 16MB or 32MB offered elsewhere, and the features - including NoiseGuard, SilentSeek and PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) - are also unremarkable.

So it was no surprise that performance was disappointing. Results of 64.8MB/sec and 61.5MB/sec in our file read and write tests lagged behind all but one disk this month - the Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB - and access times of 14ms and 5ms were average too.

The 500GB SpinPoint doesn't offer good value for money, either. At 8.8p/GB, it's relatively expensive compared with most of the other small-capacity disks on test. Samsung's own 500GB EcoGreen drive, for instance, offers the same capacity and improved performance for £4 less. So if you're going to buy a 500GB Samsung, don't make it this one.

Details

Price ex VAT £41
Price inc VAT £47
Overall rating 3
Performance 3
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 3

Specifications

Capacity 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 465GB
Hard disk type Mechanical
Cache size 8MB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Seek time (ms) 14ms
Cost per gigabyte 8.8p

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 9W

Performance tests

HD Tach burst speed 207.2MB/sec
HD Tach random access speed 14.0ms
HD Tach average sequential read speed 67.7MB/sec