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Samsung SpinPoint V30


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Samsung SpinPoint V30
  July 25, 2001 Author: Eugene Ra  

Samsung SpinPoint V30 Available Capacities *
Model Number
Capacity
SV3002
30 GB
SV6004
60 GB
* The benchmark scores presented in this review represent expected performance across the entire line.
Estimated Flagship Price: $140 MSRP (60 GB)
Evaluation unit provided by Samsung of America.


Introduction

Samsung drives have always been warmly received within the StorageReview.com community despite the lack of review timeliness. Until recently, SR didn't have any ties with Samsung of America; it was difficult to get our hands on review samples from the "seventh manufacturer." Fortunately, however, things have changed. These days, Samsung is quite willing to supply us with up-to-date samples of current-generation products. Here we'll take a look at Samsung's current 5400 RPM drive, the SpinPoint V30.

The V30 packs 30 gigabytes on a single platter, matching the density of Western Digital's WD600AB. A two-disc flagship design yields a 60 GB capacity. The manufacturer specifies seek time at a rather modest 9.0 milliseconds. The buffer size weighs in on the small site, a petit 512 kilobytes. A three-year warranty protects the drive.

Samsung's latest entry targets the huge entry-level OEM markets as well as do-it-yourselfers that seek a modestly priced upgrade. This pits the drive squarely against Seagate's U-series, Western Digital's WD600AB, and Maxtor's DiamondMax 80.

The V30 ships exclusively with an ATA-100 interface. Remember, since ATA drives have yet to break sequential transfer rates greater than even 45 MB/sec that ATA-66 (and in many cases, even ATA-33) interfaces will run a drive with optimal performance. Our testbed remains equipped with a Promise Ultra66 controller.

 Low-Level Measurements...


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