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Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive

Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive - PCSTATS
Abstract: Generally, the 7200RPM drives are preferred these days for their quick access times.
Filed under: Hard Drives/SSD Published:  Author: 
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Comparison Drive Specs / Benchmarks

Access Time (ms)
HDTach 99     Maxtor 5T060H6      Samsung SV6004H 
Winbench 99 17.4 ms 14.4 ms
HDTach 1.61 17.6 ms 14.5 ms

The Maxtor 5T060H6 came in about 3ms slower than the Samsung drive. The lead is interesting because the Samsung drive operates at a lower and quieter RPM level than the 7200RPM Maxtor. We were a bit surprised by this and had expected rotational speed to be the deciding factor between these two 60GB hard drives.

HDTach 2.61:

Hard drive Tach 2.61 is standard for benchmarking drives and provides a wealth of data on the peculiarities of each drive tested. The software tests five major points; access time, burst speed, read speed and percent CPU utilization.

Samsung SV6004H Hard Drive Performance Graph

 

HDTach 2.61
    Maxtor 5T060H6     Samsung SV6004H
Access time (ms) 17.4 ms 14.4 ms

Read burst speed (mbps)

56.8 mbps 54.3 mbps
Read speed max (kps) 39116 kps 32383 kps
Read speed min (kps) 20420 kps 8241 kps
Read speed avg (kps) 31188 kps 25121 kps
CPU ultilization 6.1%

4.9%

As far as data is concerned the Maxtor drive is the lead performer here, coming out just slightly on top of the Burst Speed test at 56.8Mbps. The Samsung SpinPoint SV6004H, as we saw previously, offers faster access time at just 14.4 ms on average. The tide changes yet again as the Maxtor drive displays superior Read Speeds on every front (and no 8241kps is not a typo).

However, when it comes to percent CPU utilization, the Maxtor drive fails come in ahead, leaving the Samsung SpinPoint at just 4.9% CPU utilization, while it uses a larger 6.1% itself.

WinBench 99:

WinBench 99
  Maxtor 5T060H6   Samsung SV6004H
Disk Transfer Rate
- Beginning: 38500 30900
- End: 22900 18000
Disk Access Time: 17.6 ms 14.5 ms
CPU Utilization: 1.2% 1.72%

WinBench 99 points towards the Maxtor drive and its 7200RPM spindle speed on just about every front other than Disk Access Time.

With the Samsung SpinPoint SV6004H costing just $193/GB and the Maxtor 5T060H6 coming in at $2.33/GB the Samsung drive is the clear choice in terms of price. Offering faster access times on average, and higher areal densities than the Maxtor drive it can't quite keep up to the data levels that the Maxtor boasts.

So while the 60GB Maxtor is the better performer for the most part, the substantial difference in price leaves the competition a toss-up really. Add to that quieter operation of the Samsung and you would be hard pressed to make an overall decision. In terms of performance I would definitely side with the Maxtor drive, but then again, the Samsung does offer fairly respectable performance at a substantially lower price. However, when data is concerned, overall performance is important, so we are going to place emphasis on the read speed and side with the Maxtor 5T060H6 overall. In and of itself, the 60GB Samsung does offer cost conscious users a very good alternative.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SV6004H
 Pg 1.  Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive
 Pg 2.  — Comparison Drive Specs / Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Full Spec Sheet

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