Performance difference: 7200rpm vs. 5400 on MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pjny, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I'm using Adobe Lightroom 3.3 and find the MBP 13" 2010 with 4gb ram, 10.6.6 and the 5400 rpm slow for a smooth workflow. The mouse freezes for about 5 seconds when I export one 12 megapixel file in Lightroom.

    This did not happen with my old Dell M1330 laptop specced at Core 2 Duo 2.2GHZ, 7200rpm, Win 7, and 4gb Ram.

    I have a spare 320gb Western Digital Scorpio drive 7200rpm. I would like to know if the 7200 rpm drive will be noticeably faster before I remove any screws on the MBP. I've heard 5-15% on some forums.

    I am considering this option until 256GB SSD drops to about $400.
     
  2. Exana macrumors regular

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  3. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I just "upgraded" from a 2008 Dell M1330 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo with same specs running Windows 7. I cannot work with this Mac. Too slow. Lame that Apple still stuffs 5400 rpm drives in 2011.

     

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