Tuesday, February 2nd 2010

Samsung Announces Massive, High-Performance 2 TB Eco-friendly HDDs

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology today announced the F3EG, its new high-performance environmentally-friendly HDD (hard disk drive) for the desktop market. The EcoGreen F3EG, a higher capacity model from its predecessor the F2EG, features 2TB capacity with 500GB per disk that is capable of storing up to 880 hours of DVD video or 500,000 or more songs in MP3 format. With increased recording density, the EcoGreen F3 drive is more power efficient by supporting a capacity up to 2TB with four disks.

“Storage-hungry multimedia professionals, gamers and home PC users continue to increase the amount of video, music, photo and other personal data they store and back-up,” said In Cheol Park, vice president, Storage Sales, Samsung Electronics. “The F3EG delivers all the benefits of a low-power drive yet features high performance and is environmentally friendly.”

The F3EG utilizes Samsung’s EcoTriangle technology to provide eco-friendly components, low-power and low-noise operation technology to its ‘EcoGreen’ hard drives.

Eliminating halogen compound and brominated flame retardant from the PCBA, the new model is produced with eco-friendly materials and meets all the environmental regulations including RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) which is being applied worldwide as well as the European Union.

Samsung’s new hard drive utilizes its low noise operation technology SilentSeek and NoiseGuard to achieve quiet operation.

In addition, with its advanced design and fewer components, the F3EG drive is 40 percent lower in power consumption in idle mode and 10 percent lower in reading/writing mode than competitive drives. The drive received a zero percent failure rate in the unstable voltage environment test.

The EcoGreen Series has been selected as the best-in-class in the area of power consumption for two straight years by IDEMA Japan (International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association) in the performance comparison test of HDDs.

The F3EG incorporates a 3.0 Gb/s SATA interface, Native Command Queuing features and a 16MB/32MB buffer memory. The 3.5” F3EG drive is available in 1.5TB and 2TB capacities in the United States and EU markets with a MSRP of $179.99.
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33 Comments on Samsung Announces Massive, High-Performance 2 TB Eco-friendly HDDs

#1
xenos
The F3EG utilizes Samsung's EcoTriangle technology to provide eco-friendly components, low-power and low-noise operation technology to its ‘EcoGreen' hard drives.
Facepalm.
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#2
TIGR
I expected a higher MSRP.
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#3
Batou1986
that is a good price with sata 3 and NQC , wonder about reliability

Whats so facepalm about ???
The F3EG utilizes Samsung's EcoTriangle technology to provide eco-friendly components, low-power and low-noise operation technology to its ‘EcoGreen' hard drives.
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#4
assaulter_99
I've owned a couple of samsung down the years, they are pretty reliable, had 5 in all, none crapped out on me yet (touches wood) ;)
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#5
Roph
Hear hear for samsung. I guess these will spin at 5400RPM then, but due to the 500GB density will still bench with high numbers.
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#6
AlCabone
I really hate this press release marketing BS. They are boasting about how fokkin 'green' the thing is through a half page but they can't give a single number with actual power consumption. Fokkin BS.
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#7
n-ster
by: Batou1986
that is a good price with sata 3 and NQC , wonder about reliability

Whats so facepalm about ???
The F3EG utilizes Samsung's EcoTriangle technology to provide eco-friendly components, low-power and low-noise operation technology to its ‘EcoGreen' hard drives.
its sata 2... 3.0gbps is sata 2... anyways, no HDD that I know of goes more than 3Gbps...

I would I preferred it to be 7200rpm, but its 5400
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#8
Necrofire
They go from like 15W for a regular drive (major estimation) down to slighter higher than half that, with a noticeable loss in speed.
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#9
A Cheese Danish
Not too bad. The "EcoFriendly" thing kinda makes me want to *not* get it.
I assume the $179 price tag is for the 2TB slice? If so, that's pretty good.
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#11
n-ster
by: A Cheese Danish
Not too bad. The "EcoFriendly" thing kinda makes me want to *not* get it.
I assume the $179 price tag is for the 2TB slice? If so, that's pretty good.
the 64mb 2tb indeed, available at newegg
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
from my experience, a typical HDD (with 3-4 platters) uses 15W to spin up, 7-8W at idle and 10-12W when reading/writing
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#13
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I'm all for low power consumption devices that use non-polluting (or less polluting) material, but the marketing speak in this press release is enough to gag even the most seasoned news reader.

Marketing person + sword + fall on it = Win.

Just my opinion.
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#15
EarlZ
Did samsung ever fix/remedy/acknowledge the cold boot issue with the 1TB F1 spinpoint ?
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
by: EarlZ
Did samsung ever fix/remedy/acknowledge the cold boot issue with the 1TB F1 spinpoint ?
i've got 5 of them, and never experienced this issue.
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#17
Wile E
Power User
by: EarlZ
Did samsung ever fix/remedy/acknowledge the cold boot issue with the 1TB F1 spinpoint ?
by: Mussels
i've got 5 of them, and never experienced this issue.
I've got 3, and also have no idea what the cold boot issue is?
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#18
RejZoR
I'll never understand why they are bragging about disk power cinsumption so much.
I'd understand for corporate SAS drives where you can have dozens of them and there it counts, but in home environment where you have just 1 or 2 of them, it's just a friggin 15W.
Why don't they brag about it where it counts. For example CPU's, gfx cards, LCD panels. That's where over 100W of power goes out the window while operating. And they're making a big deal out of 15W. Lol.
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#19
Mussels
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by: RejZoR
I'll never understand why they are bragging about disk power cinsumption so much.
I'd understand for corporate SAS drives where you can have dozens of them and there it counts, but in home environment where you have just 1 or 2 of them, it's just a friggin 15W.
Why don't they brag about it where it counts. For example CPU's, gfx cards, LCD panels. That's where over 100W of power goes out the window while operating. And they're making a big deal out of 15W. Lol.
because these drives run happily without even needing a fan for airflow, which is important in the OEM sector, external enclosures and such.

Also, they're a lot quieter - which will make me more powerful than you can ever imagine matters to lots of people.
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#20

Eco friendly? This means 5400rpm??? No thank you.
#21
Mussels
Moderprator
by: TAViX
Eco friendly? This means 5400rpm??? No thank you.
some of them vary between 5,400 and 7,200. they just slow down at idle (which is awesome, imo)


edit: also, what Wile E says below me
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#22
Wile E
Power User
by: TAViX
Eco friendly? This means 5400rpm??? No thank you.
My 1.5TB F2 Ecos are just as fast as my F1 1TBs. With these platter densities, 5400 does not hurt the performance much at all.
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#24
SetsunaFZero
Did samsung ever fix/remedy/acknowledge the cold boot issue with the 1TB F1 spinpoint ?
I had this issue with seagate hdd's, used the warranty and got a new one.
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#25
HTC
by: EarlZ
Did samsung ever fix/remedy/acknowledge the cold boot issue with the 1TB F1 spinpoint ?
Could you please describe this problem? What exactly is this cold boot issue?
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