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LarkStarr October 6, 2010 10:11 AM

Not an SSD question! The good old Black vs .12 debate
so I'm looking at purchasing a slightly on the cheaper side, 500GB-1TB hard drive for active duty (i.e, not storage)

a 1TB black is currently $90 (on sale even @.@), a 1TB .12 is currently $63 - why would I purchase a black when I can get the .12 for $27 cheaper? 2 extra years of warranty doesn't quite cut it for me.

Not being too up to date since the whole .11 fiasco, I'm wondering if I can grab some thoughts? links? preferably backed up claims? (as I'm sure the 64 vs 32 MB cache issue will arise.)


encorp October 7, 2010 04:23 AM

Honestly, performance wise - if you're not going to get a WD Black - the next best performing drive are Samsung F3, specifically the 64mb versions. In a some cases they are out performing them.

I am not a fan of Seagate, but a lot of people around here (and all over the world) swear buy them - if cheapest is what you're looking for, well go ahead and get whatever is least expensive - but if you're trying to save a buck and weigh it versus performance check out a Samsung F3

Review - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Review | bit-tech.net

Here's a 1TB F3 for 80.00 bucks. Pretty great deal if you ask me - it's in the middle of the WD Black and .12 for price and in most comparable tests it either out performs or equally performs.

Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

**Keep in mind that is a 32MB drive, not 64. The review I showed you is on a 32 as well, so it gives you a good idea.

LarkStarr October 7, 2010 06:37 AM

alright, Thanks encorp, I'll take a look into that Spinpoint. Which brings up another question, any local store in Toronto sell 'em? (NCIX?) With the shipping it's the same price as the black practically.. and still, $80 is $23 higher then $63.. and I hate waiting :P

EDIT I'M BLIND. Reading it now!

encorp October 7, 2010 06:54 AM

Well you can get them from the local NCIX here I'm sure - they are pretty easy to get to and it'll cost you 6 bucks on the TTC to get there.

Or try Spadina/College area at all the computer shops downtown. I'd just order it from NCIX and choose the option to pick it up at one of their three GTA locations.

LarkStarr October 7, 2010 07:03 AM

oh I have a car and the Scarborough one is a 20 minute walk away anyways :P I just didn't check NCIX out yet.

JD October 7, 2010 08:48 AM

NCIX has been out of stock on F3s for a while now....

I've been ordering them off Newegg as of late.

Really though, I'm sure you'll be happy with any of the 3. Get whatever is readily available.

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