Thursday, April 5, 2007

Samsung Launches SpinPoint Hard Drives

Samsung has announced 80GB and 160GB flavours of its new 3.5” SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives. The S166 Series has a spindle speed of 7,200RPM, provides an 8MB buffer, features the SATA 3.0Gbps interface (PATA interface also available) and includes Native Command Queuing. The new SpinPoint S Series of hard drives offer upgraded versions of Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies. Benchmarking results presented by Samsung show competing hard drives generate on average 2.8 bel (1 bel = 10 decibels) in idle mode and 3.2 bel in seek mode, while Samsung’s S166 series generate just 2.4 bel and 2.75 bel respectively. Samsung claims the 15% noise-level reduction is “significant”.

Source: DailyTech