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post #11 of 32
The 1TB F3 is equal to the Black, but quieter. The 320GB F4 is a blazing fast drive, the 1TB F4 is meant to be "green" and is thus slower.
post #12 of 32
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The F3 will be the best pick. It will get Caviar Black speeds, but will be quieter, from what I've heard.

Two F3's in Raid0 would be a great pair, especially with an SSD as a boot drive.

AFAIK, the F4 is not aimed to be a high performance drive.
The 320Gb F4 seems to perform pretty well from what I have seen.





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F3>Caviar Black
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I found a few outdated posts on the F3, so i wanted to find out more recent comparisons. Im looking at these..

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB


The reviews i saw on the F3, were looking at the black, but im not sure what version. The one im looking at is the 6.0 SATA /64mb version. Which makes me question the statements that the F3 (3.0 SATA 32mb) is faster.

This isnt something im getting Right away, but its on my mind. But it will be primarily for gaming and little else. This would go in to a newly build machine, likely in a Raid 0 setup. (toying with the idea of using a SSD for the boot drive, and these as the gaming drive.)

Statements? Opinions?
The F3's beat all the AALS Caviar Blacks in terms of performance and price.

However, the newer Caviar Black 6Gbps 1TB is slightly better than the F3 1TB.

Now, when it comes to the Caviar Black 1.5TB and 2TB drives, they destroy the Spinpoint F3's and almost every other hard drive out there. Unfortunately, they are expensive as crap.
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post #15 of 32
The WD Black 1TB is faster for OS / Gaming.

The F3 1TB is faster with storage use.

Both have their uses. The F3's are definitely a better bang per buck though, and won't disappoint in RAID0. The Black's are even better for OS / Gaming use in RAID0, but it comes at a price premium (only the 1TB and up drives).

So it depends on your budget really. If you can afford the Black 1TB and bigger drives for RAID0, do it. They are certainly faster for OS / Gaming use. But for the price, the F3 1TB's are very solid drives, and would do very well for the same use.
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WD RE4 for RAID. Here are my two WD RE4's 500GB in RAID), shortstroked to 500GB:

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post #17 of 32
i will get the f3 if its for storage as well.
my old wd black 1tb like to shut itself off. and the whine while its turning on or seeking is just pure irritating
     
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post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by Mr. Original View Post
Caviar blacks are bad for raid they have many issues especially the 1tb drives

The f3's work well in raid with very few complaints
Don't mean to hi-jack the thread but...I just picked up two (with the 2 10$ discounts) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-319-_-Product to run in a Raid 1 set up to create back ups for my SSD's. Should I return them or will they work in a Raid 1 set up.
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The seek times on the f4 320 seem terrible my 5400 f4 get like 13.3
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Short stroked to 10GB the seek time is much better. That's all I use for my OS anyway.
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