5400 rpm but faster speeds?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Roy G Biv, Nov 4, 2012.

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    Roy G Biv

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    GGJstudios

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    There is more to drive performance than rotation speed. Many 5400 rpm drives are faster than many 7200 rpm drives, due to higher density.
     
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    I just ran a speed test on my 2012 Mac Mini 5400RPM and I'm getting around 105-110MB/s transfer speeds which is around the same as the 7200RPM drive in my Macbook.
     
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    If you can do it, I would put in an SSD. I did this on my Mid 2011 mini, and it was a different beast when I was done.
     
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    Apple should have used faster 7200 hdd instead of a pokier 5400.:apple:
     
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    So they can get a 5400 hdd drive to be faster at 1 TB, but they can't get a 7200 hdd to be faster?:confused:
     
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    A 2.5" 5400rpm 1TB drive can be had for less than $100.

    A 2.5" 7200rpm 1TB can be anywhere from $229-$300.

    There may be a negligible performance increase, but not enough to justify the cost difference, especially when you can do a fusion drive instead.

    Also, increased heat for the 7200rpm models.
     
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    I guess I'm missing something?:eek: I did not see in that review that the new 5400 HD was faster than the old 7200 HD? I thought the speed comparisons were about processors?:confused:
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    What brand of HDD is Mac using i the new Mini?
     
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    I think it's Hitachi.
     
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    Roy G Biv

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    Yo, can't we all agree? Conflict creates confusion. Respeck.
     

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