Trade offs with HD speed?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by skerfoot, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. skerfoot macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2010
    School-boy question, I know.

    Looking at the new MBP, 15inch i7, hi-res matt screen.

    Is there a trade off to getting the 7200 RPM HD compared to the 5400 RPM drive? (besides $50). Are there reliability issues? Is the speed increase noticeable? I know that the SSDs are much faster, but I see they aren't very reliable and they're pretty expensive. I'm not paying, but I have to be responsible.

  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    I've found the 7200 to be more responsive, but then I may just be telling myself that because I sprung for one. :p
  3. finnschi macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Its faster, and yes you WILL notice (I did some tests and found my macbook after the HDD upgrade faster...) not benchmarks but Real world test (web browsing, and especially opening documents and browsing files)

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