Samsung SP1604N Hard Disk Drive Review

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Main Specs


  • Capacity: 160 GB nominal, 149.05 GB real

  • Rotation speed: 7,200 rpm

  • Access time: 8.9 ms

  • Interface: ATA/133

  • Cache: 2 MB (ESMT M12L16161A-5T)

  • Controller chip: Marvell 88i6522

  • More information: http://www.samsung.com

  • Average price in the USA*: USD 90.00

* Researched on http://www.pricewatch.com on the day this review was published.

How We Tested

On our benchmarking we used the following configuration.

Hardware Configuration


  • CPU: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz

  • Motherboard: Chaintech CT-9CJS Zenith (Intel 875P)

  • Memory: Two 256 MB PC3200 TwinMOS memory modules in DDR Dual Channel configuration

  • VGA: Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro

  • Video resolution: 800x600x32

Software Configuration


  • Windows XP Professional using NTFS file system

  • Service Pack 1A

  • Direct X 9.0A

  • Intel Inf driver version: 5.00.1012

  • ATI video driver version: 7.88 (6.14.10.6343)

Benchmarking software used

We adopted a 3% error margin. So, performance differences below 3% cannot be considered meaningful. In other words, products where the performance difference is below 3% must be considered as having similar performance.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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