WD Raptor vs 400GB Samsung - Speed vs Size

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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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Product(s): Samsung 400gb HD400LJ HDD
Provided By:
 Samsung Canada
Price: ~$160 CDN (Pricegrabber.ca)

Product(s): Western Digital 150gb Raptor WD1500ADFD HDD
Provided By:Memory Express
Price: ~$339.95 CDN (Memoryexpress.com)


Now your probably already wondering, why we are reviewing a 150gig Western Digital Raptor against the 400gig Samsung Drive? We realize they are not technically in the same class seeing as the Raptor is a 10k rpm drive, while the Samsung is a 7200 rpm drive, but we thought it would be an interesting comparision to see the diferences between the two.

Before we even start we know a couple things, the Samsung drive offers more space for a lower price (Lower Gigabytes per Dollar), and the Raptor is going to win in the speed category, but our goal is to find out how these drives compare to each other, and if your looking for a drive for your next hdd upgrade, which of these drives will suit your needs.

So lets get this review started

Test System Specs:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+
  • Asus A8V Deluxe
  • 2 x 120 gig Western Digital (8 MB Cache) in RAID 0 (Promise PDC20378 Raid Controller)
  • 2 x 250 gig Maxtor (16 MB Cache) in RAID 0 (VIA VT8237 Raid Controller)
  • 4 x 512 mb Kingston Memory
  • ATI Radeon x850 XT
  • Enermax 465 Watt PS

Please note that the Asus A8V board does not support SATAII.  The Samsung HD400LJ is SATA II so I had to use the jumper settings to cap them at SATA I specifications. The Raptor only supports SATA I.  Both these drives with the jumpers in place were detected immediately with no detection problems at all.

For all my benchmarks I have attached the drives on the VIA VT8237 SATA Controller

Samsung Initial Thoughts

Ok, after pulling this hdd out of the box it looks *surprise* like pretty much any other hdd on the market today. From the specs of this drive it looks pretty average, and it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against a faster drive like the WD Raptor.

Western Digital Raptor Initial Thoughts

After pulling this hdd out of the box it looked pretty much like every hard drive out there, its got some little groves on the side, but you'll pretty much never see them again once you get it into the case. This drive is EXACTLY the same as the Raptor X 150 Drive (which comes with a see-through top cover), the only difference is the price for the Raptor X 150 drive is $50 dollars more expensive than this drive, thanks to the fancy window on the top.