HD321KJ vs WD3200KS vs 7200.10

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HD321KJ vs WD3200KS vs 7200.10

Post by Rutar » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:26 am

Considering all drives will be softmounted and be the 320 GB version, which one wins in terms of performance and noise?

Price is 113 vs 115 vs 121, so a non-issue.

My concerns are that Samsung might screw me with a JVC motor, WD has been caught as well using crappy motors as well on the smaller drives and Seagate gets mixed results where I can't pinpoint the reason.

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Post by scorp » Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:52 am

I can't tell for sure, but all the latest Samsungs I've seen have NIDEC motors (P120, T133 and T166 series), so I would get a HD321KJ

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Post by vizzle » Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:45 am

I currently have two of these drives (the Western Digital and Samsung), and I'd have to say the Samsung wins noise wise.

The Western Digital is pretty quiet itself, but has a noticeable idle noise in a completely quiet room (my ambient noise level is pretty low) so I was able to hear it sitting a couple of feet away.

As a result of this, I went and got the Samsung since I read alot of good reviews of this HDD. And the reviews were right, the drive is pretty much dead quiet (with AAM enabled), and you only notice it when you put your head directly up against the case. Otherwise you don't hear it at all.

I'm not sure about the Seagate, but if your deciding between these two drives, I'd highly recommend the Samsung.

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Post by dnoiz » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:24 am

I have two of those Samsungs in my last PC (in RAID 0) and I'm extremely happy noise wise. The loudest part in my PC is the CPU fan for now. I'll fix that very soon.


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Post by Mari0-Br0s » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:08 pm

I have the Seagate 7200.10, and this drive is everything except silent, so do not get this drive.

I own a Raptor 150GB and 2 WD2500KS, and all those 3 drivers together are quiter than the freaking seagate. I would definatly get a wd3200ks if i had the chance to switch.

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