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Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive
Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive - PCSTATS
Generally, the 7200RPM drives are preferred these days for their quick access times.
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Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive Review

While you might be mistaken for thinking that Samsung only make LCD displays, this Korean company does have a rather broad range of products.

With any computing product, storage is an essential, and a 60GB hard drive can offer ample room to store programs, music and information. What makes one hard drive better than another is speed - how fast can you access the information on the drive?

Generally, the 7200RPM drives are preferred these days for their quick access times and typically high areal densities. Spinning at a lower, and quieter 5400 RPM, the Samsung 60GB SV6004H offers great performance with a density of 30GB/platter.

Samsung SV6004H 60GB Hard Drive
  • MFG: Samsung
  • Model No: SV6004H
  • Est Drive Cost: $116USD
  • Cost/GB: ~$1.93 USD
  • Features: ImpacGuard, NoiseGuard

Memory Type

The SpinPoint SV6004H uses AMIC memory for the 2MB buffer. It appears to be 10ns SDRAM by the looks of it.

Like other Samsung hard drives we've looked at previously, the SpinPoint SV6004H is very quiet in operation, maxing out at 3.2 bels thanks to Samsung's calls NoiseGuard. The PCB is fully exposed on the under side of the drive so it is important not to bash the drive around too much during installation or components, or motor wires may become damaged. 

Note that the Maxtor hard drive uses 3 platters and 6 heads, while the Samsung 60GB drive only uses 2 platters and 4 heads. The SpinPoint rotates at only 5400RPM but has a higher arial density than the Maxtor 5T060H6 which rotates at a speedier 7200RPM. The Maxtor drive also produces slightly more noise (3.3 bels).

Parameter   Maxtor 5T060H6   Samsung SV6004H
- Capacity 60.0 GB 60.0 GB
- Areal Density 20 GB/platter 30GB/platter
- Interface Ultra ATA/100 Ultra ATA/100
- No. of Platters 3 2
- No. of Heads 6 4
- Buffer Size 2 MB 512 Kb
- Rotational Speed 7200 RPM 5400 RPM
- Acoustic Noise 3.3 bels 3.2 bels
- Avg. Rotational Latency 4.17 ms 5.56 ms
- Internal Data Rate (max) N/A 402 Mbit/s
- Avg. Seek Time (Read) 8.7 ms 8.9 ms
- Avg. Track-to-Track
Seek Time (Read)
1.0 ms 0.8 ms
EST cost $140 USD $116 USD
Approx. price/GB $2.33 $1.93

Test Bed System Specs:

Each of the test hard drives was cleanly formatted and set to one partition of the maximum size. Hard drives were connected to the test motherboard via an 80 wire ATA-100 compliant cable in groups of two. No other devices (like CD ROM's for instance) were connected to the same IDE channel as that of the drives being tested. To ensure that everything was configured properly, we used Samsung's SETUDMA.EXE utility to reset the test drives to ATA-100. The utility and instructions on how to use it can be found here.

Test System Specs

Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
MSI 845Pro Motherboard
ProLink GF2 Ti200 Video card
TwinMos PC166 256MB SDRAM
10/100 Realtek NIC
Enermax 430W PSU

Software: Windows 2000 SP2
All devices had their respectable latest drivers

HD Tach 2.61
Winbench 99 V1.2
Sisoft Sandra 2001 Le

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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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