Mini: 5400rpm vs. 7200rpm

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tefleming, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. tefleming macrumors 6502

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    Can anyone point me towards some benchmark comparisons between a 5400 rpm and a 7200 rpm hard drive?

    Anyone got some anecdotal/practical observations?
     
  2. MyMac8MyPC macrumors member

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    Night and day difference performance wise. Highly recommended :)
     
  3. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Since the subject line says "Mini", I presume you're talking about
    2.5" notebook-size drives. Don't be fooled by drive rpms -- there's
    a whole lot more to drive performance than that:

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage25.html

    LK
     
  4. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    On the other hand, the 133 IDE drive in the G4 Power Mac we have in the office doesn't seem slow at all.

    It just seems to be games that suffer from the obvious effects of slow hard drive access, leading to stuttering and long load times. With apps it just takes a little longer for them to start up in the first place and I suppose if you're low on memory, using the hard drive as virtual memory would be slower on a 5400 drive.
     
  5. jhkingsr macrumors regular

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  6. tefleming thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was speaking of 2.5" drives in a mac mini.

    Right now I'm running a 7200rpm 100gb drive. In looking at my options for upgrades, I could go as high as either a 320GB@5400 or 200GB@7200.
     
  7. ascender macrumors 68020

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    I recently swapped a 5400rpm drive for a 7200rpm drive in one of our Macbooks. I upgraded to get more storage space primarily and I can't say I've noticed any difference in performance tbh.
     
  8. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    Question is: Is it better to replace the internl or just plug in an external and use it thatway with minimal on the internal. For what you could get for the 2.5" money in and external may make the decision for you...
     

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