Samsung introduces Spinpoint F4

Electronics conglomerate Samsung has just updated its top-end line of Spinpoint hard drives with the F4, which the company says is quicker and more reliable than its predecessors.

Although the Spinpoint F1 was praised by reviewers for its speed, many owners of F1 drives complained about poor reliability. However, Samsung claims that the F4 will be much more reliable, as it only features a single head and fewer mechanical parts. In addition to this, the Korean company says the drive is around 10 per cent faster than the F1, and consumes seven per cent less power.

The drive features a single 320GB platter, which will also help improve the speed and reliability compared with the usual multi-platter drives. On the downside, you don't get a lot of storage space, but Samsung says the drive is targeted specifically at high-end computing, where performance and reliability trumps capacity.

Samsung hasn't announced any pricing information yet, but a 320GB Spinpoint F3 currently costs just £34.56, and we don't expect the F4 to be massively more expensive than this.

If the drive lives up to Samsung's claims about reliability and speed, then this could be a good high-performance drive for those who can't afford to enter the realms of solid state drives yet.

The rest of the drive's specs are what you'd expect from your average 3.5in desktop drive. It spins at 7,200rpm, comes with either an 8MB or 16MB buffer and also features a standard 3Gb/sec SATA 2 interface.

As with its previous drives, Samsung also says that the F4 will keep the clicking to a minimum via its NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies.

The Spinpoint F4 is shipping now, so you can expect to see it turning up at retailers shortly.