egghat wrote:What Spinpoint? Where did I write about the Spinpoints?
I digged up an older c't. The Spinpoint M40 (MP0603H; 2,5", 5400 rpm, 8MB Cache) has 0.6 Sone when idling, 0.7 under load with AAM and 0.9 wo AAM.
The 80 GB version is measured with 0.7, 0.8 and 1.1 Sone. So they seem to be quite a bit loader then the new scorpios.
Btw there are some other ver quiet drives measured, but they all run with just 4200 rpm (too slow for me).
The Hitachi HTS424030M9AT00 (2,5",4200 rpm, 2 MB Cache, 30GB) is just 0.2, 0.4 und 0.5 Sone loud. The Toshiba MK6006GAH (2,5", 4200 rpm, 2 MB Cache, 57 Gb) is very quiet too (0.1, 0.3,0.3).
A lot of alternatives, if you don't care about speed, if you need a moderatly fast and quiet 2.5 drive, the WD Scorpios seem to be the route to follow.
I am looking for some sort of confirmation of your numbers. So what I would want is a sone rating of the 40GB the MP0402H . I tried to go to the samsung site to find it under the discontinued models section, and well I am not able to get the manual. Can you on your computer?
http://product.samsung.com/cgi-bin/nabc ... tinued+HDD
The reason I want a confirmation of the numbers is I want to know what the relation is in the Samsung MP's and the WD scorpios in the 40 60 and 80 GB models. I want a coorelation. ANd from the 2 sound files I have found here I am not able to make the correlation and extrapolate. I have read comments on the message board, but it is frustrating. I want to know should I really get the lowest size model (wondering what the scorpio 40GB actually sounds like), or can I say move up in the Samsung (is it quieter than the 60GB scorpio).
Well according to your sone figures, then the 60 GB scorpio just reviewed is quieter than a 60 GB Samsung MP0603H; 2,5", 5400 rpm, 8MB Cache is. But what I want to know is what the sone rating is on the 40 GB model (MP0402H) . Because I want to see if those figure jive with what I am hearing from the 2 sound files here at silent pc review. The one being that of the MP0402H and the other being the 60GB scorpio in the recent review. Would the 40 GB scopio version be that much quieter than its 60GB brother? Because to me the idle sounds much louder on the 60GB scorpio than the 40GB MP0402H. So as I see it, it would have to be a lot quieter to duck under whatever the MP0402H sone number is . So just what is it that sone number for that model?
I care most about idle.
If you half the sone number, how many dba change is that ( 1.5 ,3, or 6)?