Samsung 470 review: Samsung 470

Apart from the throughput test, which focuses on drive performance alone, all other tests are designed to gauge the computer's performance as a whole while using the drive as its main internal storage that hosts the operating system. This means the hard drive only plays a small role in the final score, especially in tests designed to gauge the computer's nonstorage-intensive performance, such as 3D rendering. Nonetheless, the test machine showed visible differences that the Samsung 470 contributed to.

We stacked the Samsung 470 against the Momentus XT, which is the fastest among platter-based 2.5-inch hard drives, and three other SATA 3Gbps hard drives: a 3.5-inch WD VelociRaptor (300GB, 10,000rpm), a 2.5-inch Fujitsu (120GB, 5,400rpm), and a 3.5-inch WD Caviar SE16 (500GB, 7,200rpm). For each hard drive, the test system was re-imaged with exactly the same operating system, system settings, test software, and data.

In the boot time test, the Samsung decidedly took the shortest time, even a few seconds shorter than the Momentus XT, which also uses flash memory to store booting information, allowing for a really fast booting process.

In the office performance test, where we time how long the computer takes to finish a comprehensive set of different concurrent tasks, including Word, Excel, file transferring, and compression, the Samsung took second place, trailing only the WD VelociRaptor, which is a top-tier 3.5-inch hard drive. It was faster than the Momentus XT by about 10 seconds.

In a test that involves using iTunes to convert music from the MP3 to AAC format, the Samsung 470 was a tad faster than the other two 2.5-inch hard drives, but slower than the two 3.5-inch hard drives. The performance gaps between all of the drives in this test, however, were very narrow, just by a second or two.

Similar results were found for the multimedia multitasking test, which gauges the computer's performance when it converts a hi-def movie from one format to another while iTunes is doing a heavy job of music conversion in the background. In this test, the Samsung 470 was right in the middle, faster than the WD Caviar SE16 and the Fujitsu, but slower than the other two.

In the Cinebench benchmark, interestingly, the Samsung was slower than the Fujitsu and faster than the rest of the drives.

If the tests are to measure the computer's performance, the throughput test gauges the drive's performance itself. This makes it the most important test for storage devices, and this is also the one in which the Samsung did the best. We conducted the test by copying a large amount of data from one place to another on the same host drive of the computer, and the Samsung 470 scored by far the fastest. Note that in this test, the drive has to do both writing and reading at the same time. This means its one-way speed (either read or write) could potentially be doubled in real-life usage.

CNET Labs' system performance scores (measured in seconds)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Multimedia multitasking  
iTunes  
Office  
Boot time  
Samsung 470
815 
202 
1,022 
31.9 
Fujitsu
831 
201 
1,034 
48.22 
WD Caviar SE16
815 
199 
1,022 
43.93 
WD VelociRaptor
769 
196 
991 
40.28 
Seagate Momentus XT
730 
201 
1,012 
32.1 

Cinebench
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sansung 470
4,820 
WD VelociRaptor
4,838 
Seagate Momentus XT
4,834 
WD Caviar SE16
4,830 
Fujitsu
4,759 

CNET Labs' data transfer test (in seconds)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung 470
88.1 
WD VelociRaptor
40.45 
Seagate Momentus XT
39.91 
Intel X-25M
30.25 
WD Caviar SE16
22.7 
Fujitsu
12.16 

Service and support
When it comes to storage devices, the length of the warranty is the most important factor, and Samsung offers a decent one. The company backs the 470 SSD with a three-year warranty, which is shorter than the five-year warranty that Segate offers for the Momentus XT but still longer than what other manufacturers offer for their storage devices.

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  • Form Factor 2.5" x 1/8H
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive
  • Interface Type Serial ATA-300
  • Capacity 128 GB