How noticably quicker is the 7200 rpm drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by steffi, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    So, how much improvement is noticable b/w the 7200 rpm drive and the 2.53's 320 5400 rpm drive?

    Are we talking a big jump?
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    You'll mainly notice it in boot times, application launching and file opening.

    It's not huge, but definitely noticeable.
  3. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    I put a Seagate 320GB 7200rpm in a stock 2.53GHz. It's quicker but it's not a huge difference. The 7200rpm does have a little more noise and vibration than the 5400rpm. If I had it to do again, I probably won't bother getting the 7200rpm (unless maybe it was a 500GB). The stock Hitachi 5400rpm drive had basically the same benchmark numbers as the 200GB 7200rpm drive in my previous MBP.
  4. nocoast macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2008
    just wait till SLC ssd's become more affordable...itll be worth the wait.
  5. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    This is the debate I'm under. Do I get the 320GB 7.2k drive, or the 500GB 5.4k? I'm leaning towards the latter, seeing as how I'm not exactly disappointed with the current performance from the 5.4k stocker.
  6. bpd115 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2003
    I'm going to wait until a 500 gig 7200 RPM drive arrives which should be sometime in December....
  7. polar-blair macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    When I ordered mine on the phone the sales rep offered me a free upgrade to the 7200 rpm so I took it, I am also waiting for a 500GB 7200rpm Drive. Would like a SSD but still not big enough and still to expensive compared to HD's
  8. AquaMethod macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    The noise doesn't seem worth it to me. I'm just sticking with the stock 320GB 5200 RPM drive, with the intent to upgrade to an Intel SSD when they come down in price. The drive replaceability of the new MacBooks is one of their coolest features.
  9. MatthewStorm macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    Chapel Hill
    Where are you guy's getting your 500gig HDD? All I can find is stuff for the old MBP. Is it easy enough to install myself. I'm kinda a techie but this is my first MBP in a few years. Thanks.
  10. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    Depending what you do you may notice a big difference or notice nothing at all.

    For me, being a photographer I have noticed big speed bumps with large files in Aperture etc.

    In other areas, applications tend to fly along. Opening quicker and also within using them too. Startup is also a lot quicker too.
  11. monkey86 macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2008
    id go for more capacity as the mbp is speedy with 5400rpm anyway and the more the capacity, the better.
  12. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    I disagree. Even though having more capacity is nice, I believe that even the newer 5400rpm drives are still a bit sluggish. They do the trick if your just a web browser or listen to music. But the 7200 drives really are speedy.
  13. ninja10 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2008
    Houston, TX
    will a 7200 hd help when ripping movie using handbrake?
  14. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Probably not too much since it really depends on your CPU speed. However if both the original and converted file are writing to the same drive, then probably a little speed increase, or at least less of a slowdown.
  15. shigzeo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2005
    there should be little to nothing at all for gains in handbrake. even a 5400 or 4200k harddisk are far beyond the capability of your cpu to saturate the bandwidth. the harddisk will make a huge difference with transfers and reads especially if you are doing massive file moving or copying but that means that the harddisk is the bottleneck, not the cpu trying to encode a file at about 2x realtime. even 4x realtime would not saturate a 4200k drive.

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