not only was i waiting for the 7200.8 but i now have the next gen spinpoint.
i hope it is more than a mere capacity/platter increase.
it is my hope that they find ways to make their dirves even more silent. seagate 7200.8 is going from 2.6 bels for the 7200.7 to 2.0 bels for 7200.8.
if the spinpiont uses nidec exclusively and goes from 2.6 bels to 2.0 bels that would be fantastic - that along with 16-32 mb cache and native command queing.
You, my friend, have read both too much and too little of the upcoming specifications. Official noise specs are not out for the 7200.8 (even though that number is on seagate's site), and that 20bel number is for idling on a single platter. Seek noise and the noise of more than one platter are unaccounted for, and any attempts to get this information has been met with blank stares.
Also remember that absolute noise levels are not the full picture. Power consumption, speed (if a significant difference exists), vibration, and differences between seek and idle levels are all important factors. The samsung actually loses to the 7200.7 when looking at idle noise, remember?
how does the samsung lose to the 7200.7 in idle noise? i heard the nidec sp80 is the most quiet.