2 TB duel: Seagate Barracuda LP vs Western Caviar Green
by Marc Prieur
Published on October 25, 2009
Although magnetic hard drives are no competition for SSDs in performance terms, they still have the highest capacities. It is now possible to buy 2 TB of storage space for under €250; about the price of an entry level SSD that is 16 times as small! Of course the two technologies are more a complement to each other than in direct competition and many users will now choose an SSD for the main drive and a hard drive for storing media.
After this review of two of the 2 TB drives currently available, the Western Digital comes out on top. Sure, with 5900 rpm, the Barracuda LP does give faster performances at times, but this is not systematic, especially with better NCQ management from Western Digital, and the drive temperature and noise levels are significantly higher than those on the WD model. The Barracuda LP is almost as noisy and loud as the Samsung SpinPoint F1, which only has 3 platters and turns at 7200 rpm! In contrast the WD20EADS is comparable to the 1 TB WD10EADS and remains very quiet and heats up a lot less. The Western is also coming in at around €214 (average of 5 most expensive) compared to €258 for the Seagate. We therefore strongly recommend the WD20EADS.