Hi guys, maybe I have been out of circulation for too long but recently I came across a review of the Samsungs at StorageReview done earlier this year. See http://www.storagereview.com/articles/2 ... 14N_1.html
Go have a look.
They tested a Samsung 160GB IDE drive (SP1614N) against a Barracuda PATA and a few other drives. They said the comparison between Samsung & Barracuda was not a good one on grounds of performance due to interface/BIOS. But what I think is still valid are the heat and noise tests. These are at http://www.storagereview.com/articles/2 ... 14N_6.html
and they show the Barracuda dBA quieter than the Samsung (as were a Hitachi Deskstar and a Maxtor). That was odd. But they did show the Samsung as the coolest.
Well, that's just a quirk of their tests you might say. But wait. Let's turn to their rather smart comparison chart at http://www.storagereview.com/comparison.html
then choose "idle noise" from the dropdown button and then press "sort".
Here we see that all the quietest drives are Barracudas and then, only after a bunch of Maxtor’s, is a 5400rpm Samsung (SV1604N) as 14th quietest at 41.2 dBA. The SP1614N above is 23rd quietest. Weird. A 120GB series V Barracuda comes out as quietest. They should come round to my PC and listen as I have both these drives in it and the Barracuda is definitely not the quieter drive.
Well, before we have any more of this let's go back to that dropdown button at the top of the StorageReview page and select the last entry "Net Drive Temperature" and press "Sort". Yes, mate. That means you. Go and have a look. I'll wait. .... Now, here Samsung makes a better showing. But if we ignore the older Samsungs which are listed then that 160GB model comes out at only 8th quietest. The 120GB series V PATA Barracuda is one degree hotter. Oh my! Har har! Now you really should come round to check my PC.
I have been out of circulation for a bit and maybe this has been discussed here (although I couldn't find it in the forums). But joking apart, what is the matter with StorageReview? They seem way out in their results. Practical hands-on experience which we have here in this forum tells a vastly different story.
What is the matter with these people at StorageReview?
What do you think?
--- rgds Lone Ranger