7200 vs 5400 white book

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  1. calsci macrumors 6502

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    I have an option to get either the 500 GB 5400 or 500GB 7200 drive i can afford to get one of them. What i want to know is heat. i use my notebook book a lot. some of that is on my lap. i want to know has anyone put a 7200 drive in their white macbook and how does it due with dissipating it. any advice would be helpful as well.

    ,calsci
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Mine produces no extra heat that I can tell from the 5400rpm drives that I had before.
     
  3. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    it'll be fine as long as you don't block the vents at the back :) i'll recommend the 7200 rpm in that case
     
  4. calsci thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok so i am going to purchase the 7200 i think on wednesday unless someone gives me a good reason not to. so don't block the vents and it won't over heat, but woulden't it over heat on a 5400 if you blocked it also.(sarcasm)

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  5. booste macrumors member

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    How much of a performance boost does 7200 RPM give over 5400?
     
  6. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    It is pretty noticeable. From some simple benchmarks that I ran on mine, my old 5400 would top out at ~45 megabytes/second, while my new 7200 bottoms out at that, averaging ~70MB/s pretty consistently.

    And no, I have not noticed any heat difference. Both averaged at ~90ºF, according to iStat...
     
  7. js81 macrumors 65816

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    OK, so I just recently upgraded my white Macbook to a 7200 RPM drive. Here's my observations:

    1) It's definitely faster, particularly at loading programs and booting.
    2) It does seem to be a bit warmer, but no big deal at all.
    3) Mine has a bit of vibration that I did not have before. Only noticeable if you feel for it. :)
    4) Battery life DOES suffer from it - though not tremendously. I would say that I've lost from :30 - :45 at worst.

    As for my recommendation, I'm not sure. I notice the speed, but my wife (the computer's primary user) does not - however, she DOES notice the difference in battery life, and is none to happy about it, as well. So it depends on what's most important for you: 1) absolute best speed possible, or 2) battery life.

    I'll probably eBay my 7200 RPM drive soon and (re)buy a 5400 RPM (I sold my other one. :().
     
  8. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    It is pretty noticeable. From some simple benchmarks that I ran on mine, my old 5400 would top out at ~45 megabytes/second, while my new 7200 bottoms out at that, averaging ~70MB/s pretty consistently.

    And no, I have not noticed any heat difference. Both averaged at ~90ºF, according to iStat...
     
  9. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know you could get a 7200 rpm 2.5 inch in a 500gb. I guess when I saw the wd scorpio black only up to 320 I thought that was max for a 7200 2.5 inch.

    I had a 2.16 C2D whitebook with a 5400 120gb and it would burn your legs. I never notice any heat with my 2.2 blackbook w/ 500gb 5400.
     
  10. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    seagate makes one it's called the momentus. Though as far as I know, it's out of stock everywhere at the moment. I would have gotten one otherwise. Every other manufacturer only has a 320GB at 7200 rpm for now
     
  11. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  12. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Tom's Hardware does a good review of all the major 7200 rpm laptop drives. I'd read that. I also helped a friend install a wd scorpio black in his 2.4 whitebook, and he loves it! He feels like it is a new machine.
     
  13. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...have you turned down your screen brightness at all to compensate for the faster HDD?
     
  14. js81 macrumors 65816

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    No, but I know my wife wouldn't care for that, either. :) Her thoughts would be "I'd rather have a brighter screen, anyway."
     
  15. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    Just want to throw in the WD Scorpio Blue 500GB. I picked one of these up after the Scorpio Black was vibrating too much for my liking. I will say though that the battery did not suffer nearly as much as I thought It would with the Black, but there was a small hit. The thing is that the 5400 Blue is pretty much just as fast! From what I understand it is because of the very high data density. When I ran xbench on my macbook with the stock drive I got 132. With the Black drive and the Blue drive I was getting 149. As the kicker this drive is very gentle on my battery, no vibration, and pretty much silent.
     

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