80GB 5400RPM or 4200RPM drive - performance vs. heat/battery life

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Porshuh944turbo, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Porshuh944turbo macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2003
    Extra cost for the 5400RPM drive on the 15" 1.25Ghz powerbook is like $120 give or take....

    Is it worth it? what kind of performance difference is it between the 5400 and the 4200 rpm drives? (both hitachi I am asuming)

    What about heat and battery life? Is the 5400rpm drive hotter and more power consumptuous?

    I placed my order for the 5400 rpm drive in a 15" 1.25ghz/superdrive, but am having second thoughts.. I think I'd rather have longer battery life and cooler operation than unnoticable performace gains... but just how much performance comes from the faster spinning disks?
  2. cbonz macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2003
    I was wondering the same thing. It's a pricy upgrade...

    Someone help us!
  3. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    Is it worth upgrading from 4200 to 5400 rpm.

    depends on your needs.

    if your doing video editing, your better off getting the slower harddrive and getting a lacie external drive that operates at 7200 rpm and blazing transfer speeds.

    if your doing (print) graphics work and your not planning on getting an external drive, get the faster upgrade, you'll be glad you did when your opening those 15 or more MB files...

    for primaraly web work, the slower drive is fine - your not generally working with huge file sizes so fast access isn't an issue

    hope that helps you guys
  4. Porshuh944turbo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2003
    i went ahead and ordered the 4200rpm drive to allow better battery life and cooler running... not sure i'd notice the speed difference. (someone posted the specs of the two drives in another forum)

    I may wait for the 7k60 drive from hitachi to go to 80gb and upgrade then (7200rpm but only 60gb so far) as it's the fastest sustained read drive there is (40MB/Sec) according to bare feats)

    anyway... should be here next week i guess. it's shipping as we speak from taiwan and i was too cheap to pay $15 for expedited shipping.. doh!
  5. iPC macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2003
    East Windsor, CT
    5400 is not worth the cash. Talking 20-40% more power to run the drive, for 5% performance increase.

    As previous poster said, go FW external enclosure if you really need something speedy (or just get a PM).
  6. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    If apple is using Hitachi/IBM HD on the PB like they did w/ G4 MDD, I wonder if the 5400rpm version has the 8MB cache.

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