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So are the Spinpoint F3's like the Western Digtals Black Editions, and the F4's like the Green Editions? Or are they a little closer in performance than that. Ive never really trusted anything other then Western Digital, but I here Samsung makes some pretty good drives, but I want a high performance drive not eco friendly or anything.
post #2 of 10
Pretty much yes. OCN seems to love F3 as performance HDDs though. F4 and WD Green are pretty much the same. RPM on the Greens is lower, IIRC.
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Pretty sure f3 has around the same as performance as WD blacks, the decider is that they're cheaper, quieter and run cooler
    
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You need to be a little more specific than F3 v F4, as both ranges have 'green' drives in them.

The Samsung 'green' drives are tagged 'EcoGreen'. The low rpm F3s are F3EG drives, and the performance ones are the F3 ones. The 1TB F3 is a great mix of performance and value - faster and cheaper than most of the competition, which makes them ideal for a performance array on a budget.

The same is true with the F4 range - but the only 'normal' non-green drives currently are the 320GB ones, and they are the equivalent of the Black drives (and are a great budget buy). The higher capacity F4EG drives are all green, but as the price is low also they are also often a good storage drive.
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Hmm, I am on the same boat.

The F4 has a 320GB version @ 7200RPM
The F3 has a 500GB version @7200 RPM

Both same prices, which one to get?
    
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F3 = performance, so that's the way to go.
    
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f3 are still slightly faster then the f4's which could change when the 500gb-1tb f4's are released
Edited by obsidian86 - 2/5/11 at 3:29am
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The F4 has less heads and disks, also reduced mechanical parts less power consumption, than the green.

The F3 is a brilliant drive , I´ve bought 5 in total and very happy with them.
They have a slight whine when starting up but apart from that are very quiet and cool.
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post #10 of 10
Sorry to intrude here but I have a similar question.
I wanted to buy the Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ 320GB but unfortunately the shop didn't have it, so I bought a Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB. From what I've read, the F4 is generally better and is very silent. Anyway, the perfomance difference with the F3 is probably perceivable only in benchmarks, but what about the noise? How is the F3 500GB vs the F4 320GB in terms of noise? In both cases I'm referring to the 'perfomance' model (7200RPM).
Edited by link_90 - 2/6/11 at 3:53am
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