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I've actually always heard that the Samsung F3 1tbs are faster then the Caviar Blacks as well as cheaper. I can't seam to findf a direct comparison but here is a review of the F3
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/sto...3-1tb-review/3
The WD Blacks are faster all around drives, especially the new revision. The Samsungs USED to beat them in sequential speeds, but that was it. Also, obviously the "bang per buck" value, as they were relatively close, and a RAID0 F3 setup was the same as a single WD Black.

But with the current revision, the WD Black is a faster all around drive, sequential, access times, and random reads / writes (the only thing they used to lose in was sequential before).

And seeing as how the OP might be paying extra costs due to extra shipping to get the F3 from the states, the WD Black might just be the better bang for his buck option, especially considering its the faster drive anyway.
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The WD Blacks are faster all around drives, especially the new revision. The Samsungs USED to beat them in sequential speeds, but that was it. Also, obviously the "bang per buck" value, as they were relatively close, and a RAID0 F3 setup was the same as a single WD Black.

But with the current revision, the WD Black is a faster all around drive, sequential, access times, and random reads / writes (the only thing they used to lose in was sequential before).

And seeing as how the OP might be paying extra costs due to extra shipping to get the F3 from the states, the WD Black might just be the better bang for his buck option, especially considering its the faster drive anyway.
You're saying that Raid 0 F3s are just as fast as a single Caviar Black?? I'm sorry to doubt that but I would definitely like to see a benchmark before I believe a revision nearly doubled it's performance.
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You're saying that Raid 0 F3s are just as fast as a single Caviar Black?? I'm sorry to doubt that but I would definitely like to see a benchmark before I believe a revision nearly doubled it's performance.
I saw a ~60% benchmark increase with my F3s vs the Caviar Black
Very noticeable day to day as well.
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I saw a ~60% benchmark increase with my F3s vs the Caviar Black
Very noticeable day to day as well.
I just don't see how RAID 0 F3s will be about the same as a single Caviar Black. I can understand the revision boosting the Caviar Blacks over that of the F3s but boosting it that much seams like a stretch until I see some sort of benchmark.
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I just don't see how RAID 0 F3s will be about the same as a single Caviar Black. I can understand the revision boosting the Caviar Blacks over that of the F3s but boosting it that much seams like a stretch until I see some sort of benchmark.
What I'm saying is that the sequential reads of the F3 outweighed the lacking random access speeds. They are a GREAT bang for your buck drive, but that's all they really are (and they're great for storage / large writes and reads as well). But for an OS / Gaming drive, the WD Black has always been the better option due to random access and latency.

This is the same reason why SSD's are faster than mechanical drives. You can RAID0 2x F3's and have faster sequential speeds than 1 SSD. But the SSD has the advantage with random access and latency, so its a much faster drive overall.
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Actually I almost jumped on a F3 from Newegg the other day when they were $50. You know one reason I didn't? This Seagate drive has been run about 24/7 for almost 4 years and is still running strong, and I didn't want to jinx it lol. Crazy huh?
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Samsung are definitely recommended. F3 is the best hard drive Ive ever owned
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I have both an F1 and F3 model, the F1 I've owned for about almost 3 years, and still working strong, while the F3 I've only had for over a year. They're great hard drives and very inexpensive too.
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Thanks for the replies.

I will do my best to try and get the F3, but in case I can't get it, what do you think about the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C and 7K2000/7K3000? Is their speed better/comparable to the F3? What about their reliability? Hitachi is a common brand here and I suppose I could find them much easier than the Spinpoint F3.
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Deskstar = Deathstar.

Google Hitachi Deathstar.
    
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