The big question... how quiet is the P20? After all, previous Samsung drives have plumbed the depths when it comes to noise floor. Overall, the P20 is probably the quietest 7200 RPM drive we've heard when it comes to both idle and seek noises. It doesn't, however, match the legendary silence of the company's 5400 RPM drives. Both idle and seek noises come in at just a notch higher than the SpinPoint V20400. Its overall character is not unlike WD’s 800BB, a quiet drive in its own right. At just two platters, the V20400 operates only warm to the touch even after extended heavy use.
In conclusion though the P20 delivers great IOMeter scores it falls short when compared to drives from IBM and WD in WinBench 99. This and the drive's relatively small capacity (just 40 GB compared to IBM's 60 and WD's 80) may make the latter two units a better choice for most readers. Samsung's drive does, however, offer great IOMeter performance... if you're looking for a whisper-quiet drive to anchor a budget file server, the P20 warrants consideration.