Wednesday, January 28th 2009

Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB HDD Tested

Korean silicon giant Samsung is ready with its 1.5TB high-capacity desktop hard drive, under the EcoGreen F2 series. The drive is labeled HD154UI. With this drive Samsung looks to focus on storage rather than performance, giving this drive a spindle speed of 5400 rpm, aided by a 32MB cache. This is where the company gets to brandish energy-efficiency, thus living up to its EcoGreen brand name.

Despite these specifications, the drive manages a decent set of scores on the HD Tune benchmark, churning out read/write speeds of around 105 MB/s sequential, and around 48/72 MB/s random access. It has a rated average seek-time of 8.9ms. This Samsung drive comes in the standard 3.5" form-factor. It uses the standard SATA II interface. The drive features some proprietary acoustic management features such as SilentSeek and NoiseGuard. It will be available in Japan later this week at a price of ¥11,580 (around US $130).

Source: Akiba PC Hotline
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13 Comments on Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB HDD Tested

#1
DaveK
$130? Not bad, the only 1.5TB drive I can get is the Seagate Barracuda which is $170 :( Hope to see this around here as I'm still in the market for a new drive and was considering the Seagate because it's cheaper than a 1TB + 500GB drive, I'll hold out for more choice though.
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#2
Baum
huh energy saving hdds in 3,5 inch maybe a good one for my external enclosure ;)
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#3
HeaveNAkirA
Look nice but for BackUp ! With that acsses time will be verry lazy!
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#4
newtekie1
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25ms access times...

This is why I don't like 5400RPM drives.

It would be Ok for a storage drive, but nothing more. I wouldn't even begin to think about installing an OS on it or running software off of it. It would even be a pain running software that accesed data off of it in real time, it would be a real drag to try and edit raw video stored on the drive in an editing program.
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Weer
by: DaveK
$130? Not bad, the only 1.5TB drive I can get is the Seagate Barracuda which is $170 :( Hope to see this around here as I'm still in the market for a new drive and was considering the Seagate because it's cheaper than a 1TB + 500GB drive, I'll hold out for more choice though.
What are you talking about?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148337
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kakazza
by: newtekie1
25ms access times...

This is why I don't like 5400RPM drives.

It would be Ok for a storage drive, but nothing more. I wouldn't even begin to think about installing an OS on it or running software off of it.
Really, 1.5TB for storage? Damn, and I thought I need at least 1TB to fit my windows installation and programs. Guess I was wrong, thanks so much for clarifying...
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newtekie1
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by: kakazza
Really, 1.5TB for storage? Damn, and I thought I need at least 1TB to fit my windows installation and programs. Guess I was wrong, thanks so much for clarifying...
You know, big drives don't have to be used entirely for storage. And some people do not like to have multiple drives in their system. Is it really that hard for you to figure out that some people might by a single big drive, and have a small partition on it for the OS, and use the rest for storage of their files? Is that really an odd concept?

Hell, I don't need 500GB for my windows install, but it is on a 500GB drive, the jump from 500GB to 1TB or 1.5TB or even 2TB isn't that big from 500GB.

And how many people keep their game installs on a different partition from their OS? 50GB for OS, 250GB for game installs, and the rest for storage. It isn't a crazy concept just because you don't do it.
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#9
LittleLizard
another step towards the perfect greenie box :)
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#10
breakfromyou
id hold out to see if WD is cooking anything up. that 25ms access time is terrible. The EcoGreen 1tb has an access time of around 17ms...IIRC
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#11
KieranD
got an F1 and its the best drive ive ever had, best piece of kit in my box

that means this should be good, nice EE too

might pick up a small drive for my OS i think
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#12
cool_recep
If you look carefully, they use HDTune 2.55 which is from 2007!. HD TUne 3.50 is out!
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newtekie1
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HDTune 2.55 is the free version, you have to pay for 3.50. And the test it performs hasn't changed.
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