5400 vs 7200 RPM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by beerglass007, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. beerglass007 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Is there much difference in the 2 spins?

    If I replace my 320GB HDD with a new 320GB 7200rpm make much difference to load times and the odd gaming within windows
  2. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    Yes, it's a big difference in "snappiness". Even bigger difference if you installed SSD drive instead.
  3. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    if you have the money to spare, go for ssd. it's more expensive but the performance gain is INCREDIBLE! i use corsair SSD myself since it's price is lower than intel X25-M but it offers higher capacity (128GB instead of intel x25-M with 80GB).
  4. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    You'll notice a distinct difference in anything that's disk intensive, such as booting up, file transfers, application cold starts, software updates, etc.

    5400 will be painful once you get used to the 7200. Even moreso with ssd's.

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