FW800 useless on a 5400 rpm drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mcarnes, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    Is it worth it to use FW800 on a 5400 rpm drive? Was thinking of getting the 17" MBP for the FW800, but don't want the smaller 7200 drive unless it will be useful.

    I will regularly move large amounts of data off the MBP onto an external drive.

  2. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I don't think it will matter much.

    I would get the 17" if you dont' mind the portability lag and have the cash.
  3. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Doesnt really make much of a difference honestly.

    I've had 5400RPM drives and 7200RPM drives, and the difference is a few seconds give or take.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    FW800 is above the speed of both the 5400 and 7200, their sustained transfer rates are quite similar.

    The main difference between the two is that one spins faster than the other, but it does shave milliseconds off seek times which is great for a random access database server or highly fragmented drives.

    Since you really use the cache a lot -- the FW800 it a lot faster for cache transfers.

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