MBP 15" 750gb 5400rpm vs 500gb 7200rpm????

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by badfish123, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. badfish123 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2010
    I am finally going to buy a new MBP with this update today, but am struggling to decide between the 750gb 5400rpm or 500gb 7200rpm HDD. I would have gotten SSD if i had the money, but i need to save up first. I plan on using the mbp for gaming, movies, and music, so could use a faster hdd, but i also generally store the files on my computer. Which one should i choose???
  2. ChronoIMG macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
  3. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    reall depends on the importance

    size is most important then go for the 750 or go for cheapest and pop a 3rd party in

    speed the 7200rpm will be faster but has 250gb less storage so it depends what you value most.
  4. stayathomedad macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2011
    Look at the WD Black 500GB and new 750GB 2.5 HDs.
  5. 8000rpm macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    7200 is 33.3% faster. I'm not in front of you so look in the mirror and slap yourself for considering the snail like 5400
  6. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    I don't need 750 GB of space so I opted for the 500 GB 7200rpm HDD.

    However, I believe when reading data from the disk sequentially the 750 GB should be faster due to how much more densely packed the bits are. When reading data from the disk non-sequentially I would think the 500 GB HDD would be faster, but I really don't know for sure. Either one is better than the 160 GB 7200rpm drive in my current MBP.
  7. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    Yes, for games and movies, the 750GB is faster. For general system use, the 500GB is faster.

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