You guys of Storagereview forums have already uncovered the disperities of the new 7200.10 drives. ones made in china differ from ones made in other locations and reading some of the 7200.10 topics i get the destinct impressions that Seagate is incapable of doing quality control now. they seem to put out a general specs list, and not a refference list (like Nvidia does with its graphics cards)
the end effect (from what i have read) seems to be that Seagate drives will be very different from one factory to another.
Example, you get an Nvidia card from one manufacturer and it runs lounder and hotter, one from another runs coller and quiter. This we accept because we know that those are two seperate manufacturers, but Seagate is one manufacturer who seems to be putting out different drives under the same label.
This is very on topic, since this topic is about Seagate spesifically
OT: if you have ever read a review conducted by the SPCR crowd or been in their forums, then perhaps you would know that they are a very well educated and very thorough bunch who know a thing or two about the way things should work and their reviews cover subjects that most do not. Mind you, it is one thing to say that this is the way it works, but its a completely different thing to say that the status quo is wrong, and should be changed to something else.
In this I agree with te SPCR guys. Drives should be quiet. CPUs should not be power hogs (think P4) and power supplies should be efficient. Unfortunately, just like with games, many manufacturers just get the product out, and let the consumer sort it out. It is a sad state of affairs that we are in when you buy a game, and need a patch to be able to finish it.
We will know exactly how reliable Seagates are in a few years. but some current reviews are not the most encouraging...