Is there a speed difference between 32gb vs. 16gb??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by starstudded, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009

    I'm curious as to whether the larger capacity 32gb space boosts the processing speed of the iphone 3GS over the 16gb model. Can anyone confirm this? I want to know before I decide which model to get. I will definitely get the 32 gb if it is faster than the 16gb.
  2. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    no its just more space!
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    That's what I'm leaning towards to too but I want some confirmation maybe a speed test with the 2 models side by side because as with any Apple product, there are some factors that get discovered by the users.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    im telling you there is no speed difference what so ever..... its just space
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Think about it for a moment before you act silly.

    Does adding capacity - more room for media - improve the speed? Logically, it's obvious that it doesn't.

    Same speed, more capacity for things on your phone. Same phone, more flash chips. Simple. As. That.

  6. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    +1 that's all it is, just space.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    Abilene TX
    I think he's thinking that the extra space can be used as "more memory"

    In reality, it's just more space for storage.

    So no, it should not be any faster than the 16GB iPhone. :)
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    London, UK
    Whoa, don't be so hasty guys. Conceivably apple could be using slightly faster performing chips on either the 16 or 32GB model. Remember no two chips are made equal. Although I admit this would be highly unlikely. I for one wouldn't mind seeing someone test this, if only to give me some peace of mind.

  9. macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2008
    Also, if they used two 16GB chips, they could theoretically run striping across both chips and almost double performance. ;)
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    It's been said that apple wouldn't use 2x 16gb chip.
    if they did it would be cheaper
    thats why for another 100 dollars you can get a 32gb because the chip is 1 not 2
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
  12. macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2008
    space and bragging rights :D
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    Storage space CAN improve speed. For example: a 5400 rpm hard drive versus a 7200 rpm hard drive. Maybe that's what the OP is thinking (though the iphone doesn't have a traditional hard drive with rotating platters)
  14. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    5,400 vs. 7,200 rpm has nothing to do with storage space. It shouldn't affect speed. The CPU, Baseband CPU, and the graphics chip are all the same, it is the memory that is different. If you need the storage space, go for it. If not, the 16gb will be the exact same as the 32 speed wise.

    However, some have said with less space on their phones that they notice performance hits. I don't have any proof to back this up and I don't know if anyone else does either.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    why don't you all just tell the OP that yes there is a speed increase. It seems like its the answer he's looking for. Even if not noticeable, it'll make him happy. Especially since he seems like the type to you know... paralysis by analysis.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2009

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