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Poll results: Hitachi drives rule the roost, Samsung ain't so quiet

Well, it looks like most of us are proud owners of the (reportedly) louder Hitachi drive. While we won't disagree that the Hitachi drive is loud, many of our readers disagree that the Samsung drive is quiet. Simon writes, "Well I have the Samsung but it isn't anywhere near what I'd call quiet."; Todd agrees, "my Samsung [is] LOUD too, I have it sitting next to my G5 Mac and that thing definitely takes over in the sound department when on." The list goes on and on.

So there's two different drives and both are apparently pretty loud. There have to be some trade offs for the increased 12x read speed; loud drive or fast load times?

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1. Mine is the Samsung but its not that quiet.. But 2night while playing Elder Scrolls, it froze a lil (first time ever) and then I heard the drive quiet down.. Scared me a lil, then everything went to normal but I could barely hear the drive, but it was still working just as normal.. Think its quite strange, you bet Ill be paying close attention in the next few days..

Posted at 4:09AM on Apr 2nd 2006 by Thomas 0 stars

2. How do I find out which drive it is?

Posted at 4:47AM on Apr 2nd 2006 by Detro 0 stars

3. My Samsung box just died... 3 red lights.

Posted at 10:10AM on Apr 2nd 2006 by todd 0 stars

4. Well, I have a Samsung drive in my 360. I agree that it is loud but as loud as I would expect for a fast DVD-ROM drive in a small enclosure like that. I am not sure how loud the Hitachi is, since my 360 is the only one I commonly play.

Also, fast PC DVD-ROM drives are loud as well but thanks to the smaller casing of the 360, that noise is amplified. Though I seen some CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives in some PCs that were MUCH louder than the 360, but once again it was due to their casing.

So until companies change some major components to figure out how to make the drives run quieter, they can't exactly make it super quiet, at least not right now.

Also, the Dreamcast's drive was loud as well. It wasn't constant but when it was reading the disc, it was relatively loud.

Posted at 10:38AM on Apr 2nd 2006 by DA360 1 star

5. I have a Samsung and it's loud as hell... Playing Oblivion makes it even louder for some reason.

Posted at 7:44PM on Apr 2nd 2006 by DeadPlasmaCell 0 stars

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