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Samsung SP8004H 80GB-7200RPM HDD Review

Samsung SP8004H 80GB-7200RPM HDD Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Today we're looking at their 80 GB 7200 RPM Ultra/100 SP8004H hard drive which retails for $180 CDN.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 18 2002   Colin Sun  
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SP8004H 80GB-7200RPM Samsung HDD Review


Like most things, Samsung knows that diversity is the spice of life. From monitors LCD or CRT, to memory and even hard drives, if it has something to do with computers Samsung is usually close behind. Today we're looking at their 80 GB 7200 RPM Ultra/100 SP8004H hard drive which retails for $180 CDN.

Samsung like most other hard drive manufacturers has not jumped on the Ultra/133 bandwagon rather they're going to be focusing on the new upcoming Serial ATA that's why their SP8004H is not Ultra/133 compliant. Still it does boast quite an array of impressive specs, the hard drive spins at 7200 RPM, uses two platters with an areal density of 40GB and has 2MB of cache.

Samsung SP8004H 80 GB Hard Drive
  • MFG: Samsung
  • Model No: SP8004H
  • Est Drive Cost: $175 CDN
  • Cost/GB: ~$2.19 CDN

Memory Type

Parameter Maxtor D740X-6L Samsung SP8004H
- Capacity 80 GB 80 GB
- Areal Density 40GB/platter 40GB/platter
- Interface Ultra ATA/133 Ultra ATA/100
- No. of Platters 2 2
- No. of Heads 4 4
- Buffer Size 2 MB 2 MB
- Rotational Speed 7200 RPM 7200 RPM
- Acoustic Noise 3.0 bels 3.15 bels
- Avg. Rotational Latency 4.2 4.17 ns
- Internal Data Rate (max) N/A N/A
- Avg. Seek Time (Read) 8.5 ms 8.9 ms
- Avg. Track-to-Track
Seek Time (Read)
0.8 ms 0.8 ms
Approx cost/GB:

$2.25

$1.41

EST unit cost:

$182 USD

$118 CDN

We found it quite humorous that a Samsung hard drive would use memory made by EtronTech instead of their own. We tested the hard drive with the Epox 8K3A+ which uses the VIA 8233A southbridge that has native support for Ultra/133, however since our drive is only Ultra/100 compatible everything is running in Ultra/100 mode (DMA mode 5).

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