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August 10, 2010 by Mike Chin
The Samsung EcoGreen is one of four lines competing in the green, quiet HDD
space, the others being the WD Caviar Green, and Seagate's Barracuda LP and
Pipeline LP series. The EcoGreen drives, like the WD Caviar Green, spin at 5400
RPM, while Seagate's LP offerings run at 5900 RPM. Seagate is a relative newcomer
to the sub-7200 RPM 3.5" HDD consumer/desktop market; SPCR's own forum
members have a much longer history with the Samsung and WD green offerings.
The 2TB EcoGreen is the highest capacity model in Samsung's lineup at the moment.
Why the EcoGreen 2TB is called F3 instead of the previous F2 is not particularly
clear from Samsung's marketing or technical releases. The fact that there is
a SpinPoint 7200 RPM series also tagged F3 makes it even more confusing. It
has the same 500GB/platter density of earlier F2EG and very similar specifications.
A newer EcoGreen F4 clearly boasts higher 667GB/platter density, and a new 2TB
F4ED features just three platters.
In any case, the 2TB F3EG is very similar to the Western
Digital's 2TB WD20EADS, which remains more than a year after
our review on our Recommended HDD
list as the quietest and highest capacity drive. Can the 2TB EcoGreen F3 match
or surpass the WD?
Samsung is totally stingy about HDD samples for reviewers, and most of our
previous samples have come from direct purchases or loans from stores and readers.
The purchase of this HD203WI sample from Newegg was funded by our new Donate
for Review program. Much thanks to forum members klankymen, frenchie,
sea2stars, and BillyBuerger for the generous contributions to
make this review possible.
FEATURES & SPECIFCATIONS
The HD203WI has a fairly standard Samsung HDD casing.
The cast aluminum frame feels and looks sturdy. Chips on the PCB include
a Marvell 88i8925e and a Texas Instruments SH6125b.
Samsung EcoGreen 2TB F3 HD203WI: Features &
| FEATURE & BRIEF
|| Our Comment
MAX.500GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk
Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interface Support
Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR
Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity
Intelligent compensation of external disturbance
SATA Native Command Queuing Feature
Device Initiated SATA Power Management
Rotational vibration sensor
Environment friendly product with RoHS compliance
Improved performance with dual-ARM based firmware
ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant
ATA Automatic Acoustic Management Feature
ATA 48-bit Address Feature
ATA Device Configuration Overlay Feature
3-year limited warranty
Samsung EcoGreen 2TB F3 HD203WI: Specifications
| Disks / Heads
||4 / 8
| Rotation Speed
|Data Transfer Rate / Buffer to/from Buffer
|Data Transfer Rate / Buffer to/from Host
|Average Seek time
||8.9 ms + 5.56 ms Avg Latency
| Power Requirements:
Spinup Current (Max)
Standby & Sleep / Idle / R&W / Seek
2A (on 12V line?)
1W / 5.4W / 6.2W / 7.1W
Idle / Performance Seek
|2.7 / 3.1 Bel
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