Samsung SpinPoint F1 (500GB) review

Average performance and features: this month's worst SpinPoint disk.

Mike Jennings
29 Apr 2009
Price when reviewed 

The SpinPoint brand carries plenty of kudos, but that doesn't ensure success - this 500GB drive, for instance, is one of the poorest on show this month.

The 8MB cache can't compete with the 16MB or 32MB offered elsewhere, and the features - including NoiseGuard, SilentSeek and PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) - are also unremarkable.

So it was no surprise that performance was disappointing. Results of 64.8MB/sec and 61.5MB/sec in our file read and write tests lagged behind all but one disk this month - the Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB - and access times of 14ms and 5ms were average too.

The 500GB SpinPoint doesn't offer good value for money, either. At 8.8p/GB, it's relatively expensive compared with most of the other small-capacity disks on test. Samsung's own 500GB EcoGreen drive, for instance, offers the same capacity and improved performance for £4 less. So if you're going to buy a 500GB Samsung, don't make it this one.


Hard disk usable capacity465GB
Hard disk typeMechanical
Cache size8MB
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Seek time (ms)14ms
Cost per gigabyte8.8p

Noise and power

Idle power consumption9W

Performance tests

HD Tach burst speed207.2MB/sec
HD Tach random access speed14.0ms
HD Tach average sequential read speed67.7MB/sec

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