Performance difference: 7200rpm vs. 5400 on MBP?

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

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    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

    Mar 15, 2011
  3. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    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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