As is par for Samsung's drives, the V30 maintains an incredibly quiet seek profile despite its relatively swift accesses. Even when it's grinding away in IOMeter's access patterns, one must listen closely to the case to hear the drive seek. Idle noise is inaudible over our testbed's power supply. The drive runs slightly warm to the touch after extended heavy use.
Overall, the SpinPoint V30 continues Samsung's tradition of excellent access times resulting in great IOMeter scores. Coupled with its incredibly low noise levels, the V30 rivals 7200 RPM ATA drives as a premiere choice for entry-level home-based servers. For business/office use, however, the drive's low WinMarks are of some concern. Such applications may be better off with a drive like Western Digital's Caviar WD600AB, a drive that delivers record WinMark scores as well as respectable IOMeter numbers.