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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB review

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB offers excellent performance, especially considering its low price

Verdict

At this price, and with this performance, it's a great deal, though not quiet as some rivals

Review Date: 23 Jul 2010

Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith

Price when reviewed: £45 (£53 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £105
(see more store prices)

Overall Rating
6 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Performance
6 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

Samsung's Spinpoint F1 hard disks have been impressing us for more than two years, but the range is now showing its age. Happily, the F3 series is already here to take up its mantle. (The F2 designation is reserved for Samsung's low-power "EcoGreen" drives.)

This 1TB F3 model brings a major performance boost over its predecessor: in our recent group test it came first in both of our sequential tests, sustaining an average write speed of 208MB/sec writing and 138MB/sec reading within Windows.

It impressed in our small file tests too, with a read speed of 86MB/sec and a stunning 111MB/sec writing - faster than any other mechanical drive we've seen. That’s some impressive engineering, especially since HDTach’s synthetic tests indicate native read and write speeds slower than the old F1.

Power consumption isn't bad either: with a peak draw of 7.2W the F3 is only a little thirstier than the average drive.

The one area where Samsung hasn't raised the bar is acoustics: in use the F3 sounds basically identical to the F1. At its noisiest it’s a drive you’ll notice, but for typical desktop use its muffled clicking won’t spoil your day.

The best bit is the price. At 4.8p per gigabyte (when reviewed) it’s one of the cheapest 1TB drives we've seen. If one terabyte is enough space for you, and noise isn’t a deal-breaker, the Spinpoint F3 is a brilliant buy.

Author: Darien Graham-Smith

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User comments

Is it the same drive?

I recall in a PC PRO group test some 12/18 months ago, a drive with the same model number as this coming 2nd to the 750Gb version. Is this 1Tb and the one reviewed then the same drive? Unfortunately I've misplaced the mag so cannot check it out.

By shutterbug1 on 17 Feb 2011

a-list rating

this item should not be a- listed anymore as the price has nearly trebled!

By greyprey on 12 Nov 2011

Price is misleading

Price mentioned and links still there for c. £50 are misleading. This disk cannot be bought for less than £97. That's double the reviewed price.

By John_Batty on 13 Dec 2011

2 year old HDD review, still tops A-List !!

How can a hard drive review from 2010 still top the list, makes the A-List worthless if it is not kept up to date

By knockout25 on 20 May 2012

paid £45.90 in October last year

I need one more but even though the production must now be in full flow (no pun intended), it looks like if you’re not desperate you should wait, as the prices must fall. The Hitachi Deskstar 7k1000.d was #1 in Ed#214. So why is this still up on the site? BC

By beecee on 3 Jul 2012

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