Originally Posted by TheFatBloke
Does anyone have any idea of the best 320GB HD I could get for my new PC?
I want it to be under Â£75 ($150) and basically needs to be the best / fastest I can get for that money. Also obviously it needs to be very reliable and safe as I have no money to back it up.
Anands review will definitely raise some eyebrows... Most will recommend the seagate 7200.10 series drives. From my own experience I would say the 320 gb 7200.10 I own has performed flawlessly to date. Having said that, the new samsung spinpoint t166 looks like a great drive. While the Samsung drive is undeniably middle of the pack performance wise. Truthfully the difference is quite marginal, actually performance is about on par with the seagate 7200.10. What sets the T166 apart is its thermal and acoustic characteristics, they are head of the pack.Thermal and Acoustics:Actual application times:
Samsung's SpinPoint T166 delivers excellent performance for the money in our opinion. The overall performance of the drive in the 500GB category remained consistent, and while not always class leading it certainly was not the class dunce. The drive's placement in our actual application tests is always near the top along with very good scores in the iPEAK productivity and general task tests.
While the speed of the drive was at question in our iPEAK game play tests, we really never noticed it during actual game play unless we had just used the Raptor drive as our comparison drive. The true strength of the Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB drive is its incredible showing in the acoustic and thermal tests while having excellent power consumption numbers and competitive performance.
For all intents and purposes, the drive is whisper quiet - maybe not a perfect soft whisper, but quiet enough that we would not hesitate to use this drive or a combination of drives in an HTPC setup. As a matter of fact, you will see this drive featured prominently in an upcoming article centered on HTPC components and it is our drive of choice to compare against the PVR specific DB35.3 series from Seagate and the CinemaStar 7K500 drives from Hitachi.
Our opinion of the SpinPoint T166 is very high right now and unlike previous Samsung offerings we think this latest series delivers a near perfect combination of performance, quiet operation, thermal management, and price. In terms of pure performance, the Hitachi 500GB drive might be slightly faster, but in practical use it is extremely unlikely anyone would notice the difference in performance. Noise levels on the other hand definitely favor the Samsung T166 drives, and we really see no reason to spend $30 more to get the Hitachi drive. If you are looking for a hard drive in this capacity range then the Samsung HD501LJ should be at the top of your list.
Next time I'm in the market for a new HD I will purchase one of these new samsung T166 drives, if only to see how it stacks up with the review.