do i need 7200rpm?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by terrordemon, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. terrordemon macrumors member

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    so i'm going to be getting a mbp soon and i dont know what speed hdd i will need. my needs are:

    rendering
    intense image editing
    heavy overall adobe suite use
    no video editing
    some games

    do you guys think it'll be better for my needs for the 5400 or 7200? thanks :D
     
  2. Trepex macrumors 6502a

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    most of that stuff is really processor/ram intensive and probably doesn't need a 7200RPM drive over the 5400.
     
  3. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a

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    I would say with the heavy editing and rendering you will have sustained read/write on the hard drive and may notice an improvement. It will get done either way so really depends on how often you use your computer and how valuable that time is for you....If this is a hobby then probably don't need it.

    However, faster is always better and the cost difference really isn't that much!
     
  4. dex22 macrumors regular

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    It sounds like a larger 5400 rpm drive might suit your needs better than a smaller 7200 rpm drive, all other things being equal.
     
  5. Trepex macrumors 6502a

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    yeah but it depends if he is working with images and material bigger than can be held in RAM. if we're talking 4gb images then sure. otherwise, not such a big deal.
     
  6. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep good advise there. As far as the response two above, isn't the bigger drive an even slower speed?
     
  7. Trepex macrumors 6502a

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    but i think it works differently and supposedly has the same level of performance somehow. not sure on the details but others in the forums have explained how it can be equivalent to the 5400 and 7200s.
     
  8. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I had the same problem when I bought a MBP and I had all the same needs as you, and I opted for the larger 5400 disk and I've ran benchmarks against all the other 7200 and there's practically no difference at all. So I'm happy I went with the 5400.

    Total side note @Trepex (and I don't mean to take over the forum), but how are you already waiting for a replacement of a MBP SR??
     

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