5400 rpm but faster speeds?

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

  1. macrumors 6502

    Roy G Biv

    Dec 26, 2010
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There is more to drive performance than rotation speed. Many 5400 rpm drives are faster than many 7200 rpm drives, due to higher density.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    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.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2012
    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.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    Apple should have used faster 7200 hdd instead of a pokier 5400.:apple:
  6. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    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:
  8. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    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.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2012
    Belding, MI
    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

    Oct 25, 2012
    What brand of HDD is Mac using i the new Mini?
  11. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
    I think it's Hitachi.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Roy G Biv

    Dec 26, 2010
    Yo, can't we all agree? Conflict creates confusion. Respeck.

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