4200rpm vs 5400rpm

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mikeabnooy, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    how much faster is the hard drive in real life? And will it kill my battery faster? is it worth 115 bucks to get twenty more gigs and 28% faster rpm? is it really 28% faster in real life test?
     
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    JFreak

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    don't know about 5400rpm drives, but in my experience 7200rpm drive with 8MB cache is in real-world a whopping 100% faster than 4200rpm with 2MB cache. doesn't affect battery life, but 7200rpm drive runs cooler than 4200rpm because it needs to do less working cycles. less work -> more idle -> less heat.

    does this answer to your question? :)
     
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    robotrenegade

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    I wish now I got the 5400 rpm. I do a lot of graphic design I would really like to upgrade but apple doesn't do that.
     
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    JFreak

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    apple authorized resellers / service centers will exchange the drive if you want to, but it of course adds to the drive cost. in my opinion it's well worth it, because when authorized people do it, it will not affect warranty.

    hitachi 7k60 rocks!
     
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    robotrenegade

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    How do you know this? I went to both authorized resellers in my area and none of them know about this. I would really like to do this, so any point in the right direction is a good. Maybe just give me more info about this.
     

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