Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD502HI: Silent 500GB 3.5" HDD

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COMPETITIVE COMPARISON

DRIVE NOISE TEST SUMMARY
Drive
Mfg date
firmware version
Vibration
1-10
(10 = no vibration)
Activity State
Airborne Acoustics
(dBA@1m)
Measured
Power
Samsung 500GB
HD502HL F2 EcoGreen

February 2009
firmware 1AG01114
8
Idle
12
3.2 W
Seek (AAM)
15
5.3 W
Seek (Normal)
16
6.1 W
PREVIOUSLY TESTED DESKTOP DRIVES
WD Caviar Green
2TB WD20EADS

February 2009
firmware 01.00A01
7
Idle
13
6.4 W (4.0W heads unloaded)
Seek (AAM)
13
6.5 W
Seek (Normal)
13~14
6.5 W
Seagate Pipeline HD
500GB ST3500321CS

July 2008
firmware SC14
6
Idle
14
4.8 W
Seek
15
6.9 W
Seagate Pipeline HD Pro
1TB ST31000533CS

September 2008
firmware SC15
4
Idle
15
7.1 W
Seek
16
10.1 W
WD Caviar SE16
640GB WD6400AAKS
February 2008
firmware 01.03B01
7
Idle
16
6.8 W
Seek (AAM)
16~17
8.1 W
Seek (Normal)
18~19
9.3 W
Samsung F1
750GB HD753LJ

February 2008
firmware 1AA01109
6
Idle
16
6.9 W
Seek (AAM)
18~19
8.9 W
Seek (Normal)
20~21
10.2 W
Seagate 7200.11
1.5TB ST31500341AS

October 2008
firmware SD17
4
Idle
17
8.8 W
Seek
19
10.7 W
WD VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS
300GB, 10K RPM
15 May 2008
firmware 03.03V01
8
[w/o frame]
Idle
15
8.2 W
Seek (AAM)
20
12.2 W
Seek (Normal)
22
12.2 W
WD Caviar SE16
500GB WD5000KS

March 2006
firmware 07.02E07
4
Idle
19
8.5 W
Seek (AAM)
19
8.6 W
Seek (Normal)
22
10.7 W
WD Caviar Black
1TB WD1001FALS

July 2008
firmware 05.00K05
4
Idle
21
8.5 W
Seek (AAM)
21
10.9 W
Seek (Normal)
25
11.0 W
WD Raptor
150GB WD1500ADFD

March 2006
firmware 20.07P20
5
Idle
16
8.2 W
Seek (AAM)
26~27
12.2 W
Seek (Normal)
26~27
12.2 W

HD TACH RESULTS


HD Tach results for Samsung HD502HI.

The HD502HI provided good performance in HD Tach. Random access time averaged 16~17ms over several repeated tests, and average read speed was 87 MB/s. This is a slight edge over other recently reviewed 5400rpm drives, but probably difficult to notice as improved speed in actual use. It fares well against 7200rpm drives of similar capacity. Random access is a bit slower but read speed is very close. (Consider that the best read we've measured on a 7200rpm desktop drives is 107mb/s for the Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB.)

HD TACH RESULTS COMPARISON
Drive
Random Access
Avg Read
Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD502HI
16.7ms
87mb/s
WD Green WD20EADS 2TB
17.9ms
82mb/s
Seagate Pipeline HD Pro 500GB
17.7ms
75mb/s
WD SE16 Caviar 640GB
12.4ms
91mb/s
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB
12.4ms
88mb/s
Samsung F1 750GB
13.6ms
77mb/s
Blue blocks, 5400rpm; green blocks, 7200rpm


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