Samsung SpinPoint F1 (1TB) review

29 Apr 2009

Good performance and value, but it's outpaced by the 750GB model.

Price when reviewed: 
79(£80 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

The largest SpinPoint drive on test benefits from the same features as the rest of Samsung's range, with PMR technology, NoiseGuard and SilentSeek all present.

In our benchmarks, though, the 1TB SpinPoint wasn't quite as quick as the award-winning 750GB model - despite its denser 334GB platters. But results were still encouraging, with the Samsung comfortably sitting in the top half of our results table.

A read result of 93.1MB/sec is respectable, as is the write speed of 82.3MB/sec - although those looking for optimum speed may want to relinquish 250GB of space for better performance.

There's good value for money available here, too - at 7.4p/GB, it's on a par with the 750GB Samsung, although the Seagate DiamondMax 22 offers 1TB of storage for fractionally less. It's a good drive overall, but not quite good enough - the 750GB SpinPoint is better in almost every department.

Details

Price ex VAT £69
Price inc VAT £79
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Specifications

Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 930GB
Hard disk type Mechanical
Cache size 32MB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Seek time (ms) 14ms
Cost per gigabyte 7.4p

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 9W

Performance tests

HD Tach burst speed 222.4MB/sec
HD Tach random access speed 13.6ms
HD Tach average sequential read speed 98.1MB/sec

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