5200 rpm vs 7200 rpm

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  1. kapitanemo macrumors newbie

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    Would an upgrade to 7200 rpm really drastically improve performance?
     
  2. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Decent upgrade from 5400RPM to 7200RPM. Not drastic, but good enough. 54000RPM to SSD, now that's a leap.
     
  3. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Agreed, not drastic but definitely a big improvement.
     
  4. irfan.kara06 macrumors newbie

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    Would the 7200RPM decrease battery life in any way?
     
  5. xxjudgmentxx macrumors member

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    Not at all. Faster access time negates the (negligibly) higher power draw.
     
  6. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

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    I have the 2.2 i7 with 7200 rpm, and its the fastest computer I've ever owned by a landslide. It starts insanely quick, apps start right away. I'm not saying that SSD's aren't amazing, but I honestly don't see them as necessary at the current price points. The reliability is obviously a big + compared to a standard hard drive, but thats what backups are for right?
     
  7. mrmister macrumors regular

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    Sounds like someone who hasn't used an SSD yet. ;)

    Once you install and use one--you can't go back. Period. So enjoy your machine, but when you are ready--it's the best upgrade possible.
     
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    I kind of wish I had gotten a 7200 hd, but I needed to keep my MBP as cheap as possible. Plus I'm not sure how much it's benefit me if I'll just be using it for web browsing, music, etc.
     
  9. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    It has faster read/write when compared to a 5400RPM. Downloads are faster, bootup is faster, programs and files open faster, and the computer shuts down faster. Also, since 7200RPM means it's a high-end hard drive, it usually comes with a higher capacity. Even if it is a high-end, you can get a 7200RPM HDD for as low as $50-60 USD.

    Again, when you buy an SSD, you sacrifice cost and capacity for performance, durability, and bragging rights. Still, a Seagate Momentus XT, VelociRaptor (whopping 10,000RPM), and Scorpio Black are notable powerhouse HDD's that bring great performance at an affordable price.
     
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    Is it possible to upgrade your HD to 7200RPM later? Maybe even cheaper than the $90 Apple charges?
     
  11. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Yes, it's definitely possible. A 7200 rpm 500 gb drive these days only cost around 60 bucks.

    I upgraded from 5400 rpm 160 gb myself. Apps open much faster. Web browsing feels the same though.
     
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    Hm, alright thanks. I'll wait till I get some more money (and my MBP) to decide if I really want to upgrade. I'll probably do it at the same time I upgrade my RAM.
     
  13. alan111 macrumors regular

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    you will notice a diff going from 5400 -> 7200, but if you're going through the trouble of upgrading, you might as well just get an SSD. That's the ultimate upgrade and you'll notice a real significant improvement.
     
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    I'd love to, but I definitely don't have the money. I'd be content with a 7200 RPM hard drive and 8 gigs of RAM.
     
  15. TarmacNinja macrumors newbie

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    I got a seagate Momentus XT which is a 7200rpm/SSD hybrid drive. I went from a 5400rpm drive. Its a pretty big jump. Not as drastic as say going to the new intel SATA6 SSD but its pretty much the best thing for the money. Paid 90 for it. Would say its roughly as fast as a Raptor 10k. In some things its faster, others a little slower. None the less it averages the Raptor.
     
  16. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    Get your 7200RPM drive, wait 6-12 months, and then upgrade to a 256GB SSD. With the imminent introduction of both the new ~500MB/s controllers (much faster), and the 22nm flash cells (much cheaper), it's probably better to wait right now.
     
  17. Zeus86 macrumors member

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    Just replaced a 5400 rpm 320Gb for a 7200 rpm 500GB in my new i5 Macbook Pro and I noticed the difference. Faster boot up and opening apps. It's no SSD but it's worth the upgrade.
     
  18. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    Not worth what Apple is charging... and you only "need" it if you're doing video editing, etc.

    Plus, I rather save the money towards a future SSD upgrade.
     
  19. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    I purchased a Macbook Pro 15" 2.2Ghz with the 500GB hard drive 7200 rpm .
    Boot time: 23 seconds.
     
  20. Zeus86 macrumors member

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    That is kind of slow. I'm not sure what the actual time is but I know it's faster than that.
     
  21. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

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    If you do a fair amount of web browsing, then - as vincenz mentioned - I don't think a faster hard drive will be noticeable for that, since the the web/speed will be the bottleneck. At least that's how I understand it.
     
  22. Exana macrumors regular

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    True ! I can't go with an HDD anymore. Any laptop even with a poor CPU runs fine using an SSD. Juste see how MBA performs... :)

    Core i7 2,2 GHz with C300 256GB boot time : 17 sec. All apps are fired up before the icon jump down.
     
  23. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    Well....it doesn't feel slow to me.
     
  24. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    My 2008 MBP had a 5400RPM HD and my 2011 MBP has a 7200RPM HD. I haven't clocked it but honestly, they feel the same to me. I'm sure I am the slowest point in the equation.
     

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