Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C $178 or Seagate ST3300622AS $208

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b1_
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Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C $178 or Seagate ST3300622AS $208

Post by b1_ » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:46 am

Guys, my brain just locked up trying to decide which of these HDD to get? Help me out.

Samsung SpinPoint 250GB 7200RPM SATAII NCQ 8mb cache Model No: SP2504C for $178AU

or

Seagate SATAII NCQ 300GB 7200RPM 16mb Cache Model No: ST3300622AS for $208AU

I'm adding a Western Digital Raptor 74GB to this system as my OS/programs drive. One of the above drives will be my data drive.

This system will be used for rendering, modelling, photoshoping, gaming, music and websurfing. More rendering/modelling/photoshoping than gaming.

Both capacities are fine. I'm more interested in the speed and stealth qualities of each.

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Post by dfrost » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:26 am

I'd suggest the Samsung Spinpoint.

In my sig system with an Samsung SP2004C and a Seagate 7200.7, both mounted with foam isolation, the Samsung has much more subdued seek noise (barely audible), and indicates a 6-7C lower temperature, which may have more to do with sensor location and calibration.
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Post by Captain John » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:57 am

The Seagates exhibit a high-pitched whine that's particularly annoying. It's not very loud, but if it's the only sound coming from a system it'll drive you batty. Get the Samsung. It's not much quieter, but the profile of the noise is much easier to ignore.

-John

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Post by b1_ » Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:00 am

I think that's pretty much all I needed to know but...does the seagate have any speed advantage over the Samsung at all?

I picked the Samsung initially but then noticed that the seagate has 16Mb cache compared to the Samsungs 8Mb cache. What does the extra 8Mb cache do for the Seagate?

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Post by Captain John » Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:49 am

I believe that they are similar in speed, but check with storagereview.com to verify that in your particular application(s).

-John

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