Not sure which to get- 500GB 7200 rpm or 750 GB 5400 rpm with my 15" MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dkmlam, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. dkmlam macrumors newbie

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    I am planning to purchase the upper end 15" MBP that was recently released and am not sure whether or not I should get either:

    7200 rpm 500GB
    or
    5400 rpm 750GB

    Storage is not an issue for me since I keep most of my documents on an external HD.

    I understand that 7200 rpm reads and writes faster, but does it drain the battery faster or increase the temperature by a significant amount?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It depends on the particular brand and model. Some 7200 drives run cooler and on less power than some 5400 drives.
     
  3. dkmlam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone comment on the current 7200 rpm and 5400 rpm hard drives that are installed in the 2011 15" MacBook Pros?
     
  4. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    If storage is not an issue then spend the extra $100 and upgrade to an SSD.
     
  5. polkunus macrumors member

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    This is all personal opinion.

    I personally would go for the 7200 rpm for the speeds.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, because I haven't looked to see what brand and models of drives they're using. If you can find that out, check out sites like barefeats.com to see tests, if any, that have been performed on those drives.
     
  7. dkmlam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry- I meant 500 GB vs. 750 GB isn't an issue, however, 128 GB SSD does not have enough storage for my needs.
     

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