C2D MBP 7200 RPM vs 5400 RPM hard drive?

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  1. kalayci macrumors newbie

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    I am about to get a C2D MBP 17" and I was wondering if 7200 RPM is worth getting it. If I order custom order from apple.com I will end up paying tax on a $3K machine. If 7200RPM drive not worth getting it, I will get it from online for $2649 with 150 rebate free shipping and no tax.

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. ForeverUnknown macrumors regular

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  3. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

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    remember that faster hard drives use up more battery power than slower ones.
     
  4. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget to consider that the 5400RPM 160GB drive is a PMR drive, which IIRC has some pretty good speeds that are higher than most 5400s.
     
  5. kalayci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent... Thank you very much for the valuable feedback. I shall get one right after this January 7th event. :)
     
  6. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    Have you chosen 7200 or 5400?
     
  7. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't the 7200 RPM cause some increase in heat as well on the left palm rest?
     
  8. kalayci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes... I made up my mind... now remember I am coming from the dark side.. I am an IT consultant stuck with windows. I am about to switch so I have been reading your valuable comments and feedbacks

    The following is what I am planning right now.
    After Mac World event
    C2D MBP 17"
    2.33 with 2GB with 5400 RPM drive at Compusa for $2649 + apple care believe it or not without any sales tax :)
    Wireless Mouse
    Misc software

    First Q07 (have not made up my mind yet)
    30 inch apple display or whatever is announced at the MacWorld next week
    Wireless keyboard
    Wireless NAS
     
  9. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Why you waiting til after Jan 7th? Just curious.. iLife 07?
     
  10. kalayci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    From what I hear on these forums they will be announcing new products and rumor says some new displays are coming out. I was wondering if by any chance if MBP 17" might get a resolution upgrade to 1920x1200 like the M170 you are currently using.

    Since I am new to this environment, I think I would feel more comfortable purchasing after a big event. :eek:
     
  11. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Oh Ok.. I don't think those rumors would be towards new displays with the Macbooks but I could be wrong. I don't think any updates are coming to the macbooks. But then again, its Apple.

    I love having that res on my M1710, but for gaming it sucks. For gaming and high FPS, you want a mid native resolution like my 15" MBP. Putting a game at that res, 1920x1200 is beautiful, but does stress the card out. Lowering the res you sacrifice beauty for performance.

    I just bought this Macbook Pro a couple days ago and love it. Thanks to the help from the people on this forum. And I did ask the question about any new updates coming out. Alot of people doubted anything would be released. And I don't really mind if a new version of iLife comes out since I don't use it.
     
  12. uNext macrumors 6502

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    Excellent choice in waiting for the event to swing by.
    You dont want to purchase something now and then 1 week later
    something worth your while and your money comes along.

    I like yourself, i am waiting for new displays to come out before i make my purchase.

    You will not regret your purchase i have a 2.33ghz macbook pro and it is amazing. I do my design work using photoshop c s3 and my writing using word (under rosetta i hardly see any hick-ups).

    I cant wait for a new 30" monster to gracefully add texture to my wall :)
     
  13. djinn macrumors 68000

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    OH yeah.. the new MBP C2D is so freaking awesome. I actually sold my Dell M170 for the MBP CD 2.16 and it wasn't as snappy as this one. Plus it got really really hot. Maybe I had something wrong with mine but anyhow I returned it. I bought the M1710 and used that until now, I got the MBP C2D. M1710 is for gaming and my MBP is for programming and photo/web dev. Plus I got a decent discount so I was happy.

    It doesn't hurt to wait since its not to far off. I would've waited but since I didn't read anything about updates I figured, what the heck.
     
  14. erockerboy macrumors member

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    Deciphering Barefeats specs?

    Can anyone help me parse the Barefeats numbers cited above? It looked to me as though the 7200rpm drive would be faster most of the time, going by the graphs.... BUT, as the accompanying text seemed to indicate, most tests were performed on an empty drive - while the performance at the 74GB mark looked like a lot more of a mixed bag.

    So where would this leave me assuming I wanted to run Logic Pro and ProTools, and not much else? (Probably using external FW drives for recording audio, btw.) If I don't plan on loading anything other than OS and apps on the internal HD, should I save $100 and go with the 7200rpm drive?

    (On a separate note - what is the current thinking re: partitioning of drives? Will I squeeze out any extra performance if I create a relatively small partition for apps and OS and use that as my startup volume? Or is it not with the effort?)

    Thanks for any tips!
     
  15. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Personally, I would go with the Hitachi 5400RPM (PRM) drive and save cash from buying an external drive. Plus, you would save the room by not having to carry around an external drive.

    HITACHI Travelstar 5K160 HTS541616J9SA00 (0A28844) 160GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM - $139.99
     
  16. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Highly considering that right now. Only question I have is will swapping out RAM/HD void/prevent Apple from working on my laptop if it needs repairs. I know there are threads out there that cover this but some say yes it will void, some say no it won't void. :confused: :confused:
     
  17. djinn macrumors 68000

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    I don't know the right answer to that. Your best bet is to call Apple and ask them. I would also get that persons name just in case someone says otherwise if you were to have any problems.
     
  18. ForeverUnknown macrumors regular

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    Quote taken from Apple Support regarding DIY service: http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/diy/diy_faq.html

    and another quote regarding DIY parts: http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/diy/order.html

    So RAM is under warranty unless you screw something up.

    Finally there's the instructions page http://www.apple.com/support/manuals/macbookpro/ and it doesn't look like hard drive replacement is listed so maybe it wouldn't be under warranty. You can always email Apple to ask
     
  19. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Is there a real noticeable difference in speed between the Hitachi 120gig vs the Hitachi 160gig? No benchmark numbers.
     
  20. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Cool. Now I can safely sell the 2x512 oem RAM without fearing that Apple won't repair my MB unless there's an "Apple" RAM in it.

    I'll ask Apple about the HD once I'm done studying for today.
     
  21. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Once you find out about the HD replacement, let us know.
     
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