Samsung SpinPoint F-1 Series One Terabyte HDD Review - Best-in-Class Performance with Low Power Consumption

The milestone that I had been waiting for was fulfilled by Samsung Electronics when they announced that the Samsung’s SpinPoint F1 Series is now shipping.

Finally, no need to have two hard drives installed in your computer to store the quantity of information we all need or soon will. It is SO FRUSTRATING not to mention time consuming to have to choose which photographs, videos, songs or documents are really not important enough to keep when you get the warning messages that your hard drive only has 1% of space left!  Now, you will be able to keep all your information and because of Samsung’s 1 terabyte drive, you won’t have that problem for a VERY LONG TIME! Not only that, but your computer will run with the speeds it did when it was new because you will have plenty of hard drive space for that processing that is necessary for today’s operating system and programs which require more and more free space on your drive.

Being a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced that its F1 series 1 terabyte (TB) hard disk drive is shipping. With the world’s highest recording density using only three disks, the new Serial ATA 3.5” F1 Series drives running at 7,200rpm are designed for enterprise environments, personal video recorders, desktop PCs and other external storage applications.

The F1 Series incorporates a wide range of proprietary technologies to achieve increased performance and lower power consumption. The three-disk structure provides a higher data storage density per platter, resulting in faster data processing speeds when compared with other 1TB drives. The optimized electronics and power saving modes reduce power consumption and resulting heat dissipation, making the F1 the coolest operating 1TB drive on the market. Under the same test conditions with similar drives, the F1 Series uses the lowest power, just an average of 6.7 watts in idle mode and an average of 7.2 watts in random seek mode. In addition, the drive operates at just 2.7 Bell in idle mode.

In addition, Samsung’s award-winning SilentSeek technology reduces overall noise and vibration emanating from the drive, ensuring whisper-quiet operation.

“Based on published specifications for Samsung’s F1 Series drive and similar class products from other suppliers, Samsung’s has the best performance and lowest power consumption for any product in its category today,” said Mark Geenen, president of TrendFocus.

Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) with Samsung’s Flying on Demand (FOD) head technology improves recording stability over changing temperature ranges. By using three disks instead of five, Samsung’s 1TB drive offers higher reliability from the fewer components inside. 

Samsung’s new F1 Series is our ‘racing green’, environmentally friendly drive,” said Andy Higginbotham, director of hard drive sales and marketing, Samsung Semiconductor. “Samsung’s engineering prowess and advanced technology know-how has brought to the market a universal storage solution to meet the demands of both computing and consumer electronics today and tomorrow.”

The F1 Series drive features a 334GB per-platter capacity, a 7200RPM spindle speed, a 32MB cache, and an MTBF of up to 1.2 million hours.  The F1 Series offers high reliability for enterprise requirements and is optimized for RAID applications.  It features a SATA 3Gb/s interface with native command queuing (NCQ) and many additional SATA features.  Its performance is further enhanced through Samsung’s optimized firmware system, a rotational vibration (RV) sensor for vibration tolerance, and an optimized system-on-chip (SOC) controller that lowers power consumption.

Samsung’s SpinPoint F1 Series is now shipping with a $399 MSRP but I have seen it for sale for under $200!

To learn more go to the Samsung Website

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately 138,000 people in 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, Telecommunication Network Business, and Digital Appliance Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information please visit

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