heat and battery impact from 7200rpm drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nusbaum, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. nusbaum macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2013
    I have a 15-in, Mid 2009 MBP with a WD 750GB 7200rpm drive and have recently added a SSD set up as a fusion drive. If I remember correctly, I took a decent hit on battery life and warmed things up a bit with the addition of the 7200RPM drive, so now I'm wondering what impact moving to a WB 1TB 5400RPM drive might have? I know that's a lot of variables, but maybe somebody here will have some experience before I invest the time and money in an experiment that may not pay off.

    My mac serves two purposes. I run Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop with a local catalog and my raw images on an external drive. The machine get's crazy hot with photoshop pushing the CPU and graphics card, so heat is an issue. Lightroom doesn't seem to hit the HDD unless I happen to browse some images I haven't touched in a long time.

    I also do a fair amount of programming. This activity does not load the system or hit the HDD, but I would like to be able to go unplugged a bit longer.

    My guess is that the HDD is filled with music, movies and docs I don't touch much.

    Would I gain back much battery life or lose much heat going with a slower drive in the Fusion setup or is the gain small enough to not be worth the effort?

    For those interested, this is the mid-2009 with the wimpy SATA controller that refused to play nice with some SSDs. Intel 520 was running at 1.5 Gigabit, but a Samsung 840 Pro seems to be working just fine at 3.0 Gigabit. HDD is a WDC WD7500BPKT-60PK4T0 and it has always worked but seemed a little power hungry when compared to the stock drive. SSD is in the original drive location and HDD is a MCE adapter.

    MacRumors was a great resource when sorting out the SSD challenge, so I thought worth posting a working configuration with the hope that it would help somebody else.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Modern 7200 rpm drives generate no more heat or use no more power than 5400 rpm drives.
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    As Intell stated, a modern 7200rpm drive will not be much of a difference. Yes, there will be extra consumption and heat. But as far as impacting effects, none that should be a concern.
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    For example and compared to which HDD?
  5. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Neary any 7200 and 5400 rpm drive made within the past 5-6 years.
  6. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Exactly, I've never had a 5400rpm drive (except for in my PS3) and have never had any trouble with them with 7200s.
  7. nusbaum thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2013
    In my case the comparison would be specific to the previous generation WD Black 750GB vs the current WD Blue 1TB.

    Black - Blue
    Latency 4.2 - 5.5
    Transfer 160MB/s - 144 MB/s
    R/W 1.75W vs 1.4W
    Idle .8W - .59W
    Standby .2W - .18W

    What do these number mean in the real world, I think the consensus is the difference in power usage will have minimal impact, but the difference in performance is significant. Somebody asked though, so here it is.
  8. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    Nothing, unless your "real world" is creating benchmark data.

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