Any reason not to go 7200

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sasquatch98, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. sasquatch98 macrumors newbie

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    I'm buying a mbp 1.83 everything stock however I cant decide if I should also go with the stock 5400rpm drive or upgrade to the 7200rpm 100gb drive. I can go to the apple store today and buy the stock one or order the upgraded 7200. Basically is there any reason not to upgrade? Thanks
     
  2. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    You may be sacrificing battery life a bit, but the extra speed you will get may be worth it, depending on how much you use it on the battery.
     
  3. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    In theory wouldn't it save a little battery life, because of the higher access speed?
     
  4. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    In my experiences, the upgrade has a small effect on battery life and you will get a slight increase in speed. It comes down to the cost of upgrading, if you can afford it, then get the 7200.
     
  5. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    barefeats.com has a comparison of 5400 vs. 7200 for the pb g4 somewhere.
    i think there was no difference in battery life. but read for yourself as i'm not 100% sure.
     
  6. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    Go for the 7200 rpm drive if you can afford it... there is very little difference in battery life with faster drives.

    Here's a quote from an article where they tested a few laptop hard drives for speed and battery drain:

    (and yes, the article is a little old, but I would guess that today's 7200 rpm drives are most likely even more energy efficient)
     

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