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Samsung Naming Convention


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Hi all,

What is the difference between the Samsung Spinpoint F naming convention...

1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache = £63.86

1TB Samsung HD103UI EcoGreen F1 DT, SATA 3Gb/s, 5400rpm, 32MB Cache = £65.79

Both have the same access speeds but one is margianlly cheaper (the higher rpm one)

Then there are also the F2 models as well....

Any insight into the naming convention please?



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Sorry I'm a little confused here, are you sure the F1 is the Eco Green?

How I knew it was, the F1 is older drive which was succeeded by the F3 and the F2 is more "eco" by having a lower RPM.

The F3 is a lot faster at reading/writing than the F1

F1: 3 platters 333Gb / spin speed 7200rpm
F2: 2 platters 500Gb / spin speed 5400rpm
F3: 2 platters 500Gb / spin speed 7200rpm

Just some links for clarity:

Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM - Ebuyer
Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM - Ebuyer
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM - Ebuyer

HTH :thumbsup:


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So for the OS drive, the best choice is an F3?

I am looking for a HDD to install Win7 on. Ideally 1 TB or even 1.5 TB in size

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Out of the three yes, the F3 is best for an OS, for storage either of the other two are fine, I'd probably go with the eco for storage and possibly HTPC use as I think the consumption and volume levels are lower on the evo (though you would have to confirm that with someone who has experience with them) :thumbsup:

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