Samsung SpinPoint F1 (500GB) review
Average performance and features: this month's worst SpinPoint disk.
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.
|Price ex VAT||£41|
|Price inc VAT||£47|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||3|
|Hard disk usable capacity||465GB|
|Hard disk type||Mechanical|
|Seek time (ms)||14ms|
|Cost per gigabyte||8.8p|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||9W|
|HD Tach burst speed||207.2MB/sec|
|HD Tach random access speed||14.0ms|
|HD Tach average sequential read speed||67.7MB/sec|