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Silence is golden with Samsung's new hard drives

Samsung today announced that its new 3.5” SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives are currently shipping in 80GB and 160GB capacities. The S166 Series has a spindle speed of 7,200RPM and provides an 8MB buffer. The Series features the SATA 3.0Gbps interface and includes Native Command Queuing (NCQ). The drives are also available with a PATA interface for customers who require this application.

The new SpinPoint S Series of hard drives offer upgraded versions of Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. 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 fifteen percent noise-level reduction is “significant” and makes the drives ideal for use in office computers, as well as in home consumer electronics such as DVR/ PVRs, or any other hard drive equipped products intended for use in a quiet environment.

“Samsung is constantly pushing the technology envelope with the introduction of new and innovative products that meet the computing needs of today’s most demanding customers and operating environments,” states TJ Lee, vice president of sales & marketing at Samsung Electronics’ Storage System Division. “This latest technology development by Samsung in the new SpinPoint S166 Series makes our high-end, award-winning hard drive products attractive to a wider audience by even further reducing acoustic noise and improving disk data transfer speed.”

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Title of article is interesting...
By Spartan Niner on 4/4/2007 11:34:03 PM , Rating: 5
Samsung didn't make quiet drives before? :P

Samsung hard drives have been some of the top recommended "silent" drives at SPCR due to their low idle and seek noise. I've got one in my system and I can barely hear it even while seeking. A 80GB Spinpoint SATA I, and all my fans @ 5V. Silence is golden.

By otispunkmeyer on 4/5/2007 3:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
yeah lol, i have used their spinpoint sata's for a while now and they have been nothing but near silent

they dont hummm, or resonate with the case, you can barely here the clicks as they seek. fluid dynamic bearings FTW!

i cant here the drives at all in the Antec P160 i have under the desk and its not like the rest of the machine drowns it out either because i have zalman air coolers, seasonic PSU and slow spinning 120mm fans

and now they made them even quieter! score! sizes are abit lacklustre in light of todays 500,750GB and 1TB drives

RE: Title of article is interesting...
By Griswold on 4/5/2007 4:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I have two SP2504C and a Hitachi 7k80 - both samsung drives together make less noise than the hitachi.

By yehuda on 4/5/2007 7:52:50 AM , Rating: 1
Well my experience is to the contrary. I had a chance to compare Samsung SP2014N (same series as your drive) with a Hitachi 7K80 and the latter was much better acoustically (less hum, less whine, less vibration). I actually would have disliked to run the Samsung in my system.

nice addition
By ranger203 on 4/4/2007 6:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not that you need a quiet drive when your GPU makes up 90% of the noise in your PC, but the lowered noise would be great in my Media Center. With proper acoustic adjustments of larger fans, all I hear now is the head seeking from across the room when it's on pause or i'm flipping channels, Maybe this will eliminate that. Or maybe I have OCD.

RE: nice addition
By Talcite on 4/4/2007 6:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a maxtor, you can get a fujitsu tool to quiet down the seeks. There's a performance hit though. Look for it at forums or downloads.

Clearly the work of marketing
By TheRodent on 4/5/2007 1:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting to note samsung refer to a 4.5dB reduction in noise as a 15% change on their own press release.

In fact this is a reduction of 65% in terms of noise power and a 40% reduction in sound pressure level. A percentage change in terms of dB has little meaning.

tuts... these marketing types could do so much better

By zsouthboy on 4/5/2007 3:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
I saw that too - decibels aren't linear.
Possibly they knew that too, and didn't want to have normal people see the 65% reduction and go HEY YOUR MATHS R RONG WTF SAMSNG!

Disclaimer: I work in marketing, so I'm getting a kick etc.

By The Boston Dangler on 4/4/2007 7:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
too small for most home PCs. i'm very happy with my samsung T series 500GB. the speed is fine, the sound is whisper quiet, and the temp (26C) is 10C lower than most good drives. oh, and the price was among the lowest for 500GB out there. keep up the good work samsung!

nice for NAS
By Souka on 4/4/2007 7:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
Nice for that NAS or external USB enclosure also....

By yehuda on 4/5/2007 8:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
I think they'll have a hard time competing with Western Digital's WD1600AAJS model, which I hear is not only fairly quiet but also fairly cool and fast. In my area it's also among the cheaper models.

i find those noises comforting
By bohhad on 4/5/2007 10:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
maybe its a result of being born around the same year as the personal computer and always being around them, but i like the sounds of hard drives whirring and seeking, old-school dot matrix printers chirping in the background.

who cares if the computers fans are too loud, turn up the music :)

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