Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ review




  • Excellent reading and writing performance
  • Very large capacity
  • Large 32 MB cache
  • Very silent
  • Very low price in relation to capacity


  • No jumper for SATA-1 compatibility mode


Let us summarize the most important positive and negative points below:


The main positive points:

The Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ provides an excellent reading and writing performance and is a great addition for everyone who wants a fast or a large drive.

In idle mode you can hardly notice the drive as it is very silent. In silent mode you don’t hear much of the drive’s head spinning and even in fast mode you still wouldn’t call the noise annoying. The drive is a good choice in a Home Theatre PC being very silent but still offering a large capacity for your audio and video data.

According to price comparison sites, this drive is among the cheapest drives when you relate the price to the drive’s capacity.


The main negative points:

The only negative point we could find probably does not affect many people. If you only have access to mainboards which have a VIA VT8237, VT8237R, VT6420 or VT6421L chipset, it might become a little difficult to have your PC detect this drive and change the SATA mode.

To sum up, this is what we would say:

“The drive is cheap, extremely fast and has a very large storage capacity”.

Because of the price, speed and storage capacity of the Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ drive; we decided to award the drive our CD Freaks “Editors choice” award.

Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ review

We found the Samsung HD103UJ harddisc drive at DriveCity priced at 90.88€.

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