Well looks like seagate is behind the 8-ball having lost the acoustic management features that helped make the venerable IV so quiet. With the Cudda getting long in the tooth and short in the platter, adding multiple drives isn't going to help noise or heat.
So onward to greener pastures I guess, depending how important storage/performance is.
Seems after MikeC's great artcle on Samsung vs. IBM vs. AAM enabled Seagate IV, Samsungs run faily quiet and relatively cool while increasing performance and capacity to 80 GB per platter. This seems ideal for the so called ultra-quiet case geeks
that haunt this site.
So hello Samsung?
um wherever Samsung may be?
.. .. ..
So yeah, where the heck are these new Samsung P80's with the 80 gig platters and 8 meg cache and where are the serial versions?
While googling for info on where to send my money, I came upon this press release
that happened april 15th 2003 in Moscow(!). It's worth the entire read.
Besides, all [current up to p80 models] use hydrodynamic bearings, support NoiseGuard and SilentSeek noise reduction technologies, and ImpactGuard shock-proof technology. The company affirms that they were first to launch hard drives with the record density of 80 GB per platter. We'll soon test some models of these lines, but right now I can say only that the products look good. The range of drive sizes is very wide - you can find even 20 GB models. Everything is done to cater for all tastes.
But what's going to be tomorrow?
Soon they will launch the P80 line of 120 and 160 GB with SATA interface. But, as far as I understand, the drives will use an adapter for this interface instead of an original controller.
For Q3 the company plans on the P120/V120 lines of 120GB per platter, 8MB buffer and Ultra ATA/133 and SATA interfaces. The P160/V160/PL80 lines of 160 GB per platter will be rolled out in Q4 of 2004. In general, the prospects are promising. Let's consider Samsung's drives will perform well.
Now why a Russian site has a page entirely in english is beyond me but lets break that down...
Samsung plans to release 120 meg capacity platters in Q3 of this year. These drives will come in a slower (5400rpm?) and faster (7200prm?) spindle speed, 8mb caches and will support ata133 as well as SATA.
now this begs a few comments....
Samsung seems to be actively trying to keep noise down in all their models.
With the sp120 series will they keep the 5400 line or will the new low end be 7200 with the higher end being, well, higher?
Is 8mb cache becoming standard?
If the sp p80 and v80 series are supposed to be out now and this hard to find, what does this bode for the Q3 release of SP P120?
and most importantly...
120gb for a single platter is something to drool over. I mean if it's as quiet as the p80's that's enough capacity for anyone not doing video at home?
Anyway, still rooting about for info but that one just had me put the wallet back in my pocket. I can handle the noise of my IBM 60gb gxp125 waiting on the 120gig single platter serials to come out.