WD Raptor vs 400GB Samsung - Speed vs Size - Page 6

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WD Raptor vs 400GB Samsung - Speed vs Size
Western Digital 150GB Raptor Specs
Samsung 400GB Drive Specs
HDTach Performance Comparison
File Copy Test Performance
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Western Digital 150gb Raptor Final Thoughts:

This is a very nice drive, and without a doubt is a welcome addition to any system. The price on this drive is definately a drawback for most people, but for a single drive system such as a SFF pc, it's one of the best out there. If you have the money and can pick up two of these drives to put in a RAID 0 array, your going to have a very, very fast 300gb array which for most users is ample storage and will give your system quite a performance increase. This drive isn't really aimed at the value consumer, but for the high-end user, its definately a consideration when building that new pc, or doing a little bit of an upgrade. Its also noteworthy that Western Digital includes a 5-year warrenty with this drive, which is amazing since most other companies offer only 3.

If you were to ask any gamer for their dream system specs, 9 out of 10 would include a 10k Raptor drive, and these benchmarks show why.

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
10/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
10/10
Features:
10/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 9.6

 

Samsung 400gb HD400LJ Final Thoughts:

After playing with this drive for a couple weeks, I can't really think of anything negative to say about it. This drive is pretty much what I expected when I opened the box. It doesn't really blow other drives out of the water performance-wise or anything, it seems to rank pretty close with most 7200 RPM drives on the market today. I was impressed however, at how quiet this drive is, and overall I would definately slap this drive in my own personal system. In the end, this drive does everything well, and if your in the market for a large hdd, this one is worth considering. The only think I can think that would make this drive better is a bigger cache (16mb), which Samsung also offers on a different model of the same capacity (HD401LJ).

Looking back at all the benchmarks it was outperformed in all categories by the WD Raptor 150GB, however, in all reality these two drives are not technically in the same class. I was however impressed at how well it performed, and for ~$160.00 CDN this drive is a great deal, and is perfect for storing large amounts of data on. Its also worth noting that this drive is half of the price as the WD Raptor drive, so if your motherboard supports RAID, picking up two of these drives and slapping them into a RAID 0 array would make for a very nice array of 800gigs for about the same price as a single WD Raptor drive.

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
10/10
Features:
9/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 9.4

 

Final Conclusion:

After almost 3 weeks of testing these drives, the final scores I awarded were very close to each other. Both of these drives would be very welcome in my own personal system, and they both serve their purposes very well.

In the end the benchmarks showed the WD Raptor drive ahead in all categories. This really isn't surprising as its a 10k rpm drive, while the Samsung is 7200rpm, however the price also reflects that, as the WD Raptor drive is twice the price of the Samsung drive. The Samsung drive is also a great drive, and with 400gigs of storage, its a great addition to any system. At ~$160 CDN this drive is a very good deal, and for the budget conscious system its a great choice.

I'd like to thank Samsung Canada for allowing us to review the HD400LJ drive. Also I'd like to thank Memory Express for allowing us to review the WD Raptor Drive. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.