Which HD is Faster?

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  1. MacNutt2010 macrumors newbie

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    Trying to decide on which hard disk to order with a new MacBook Pro 17" i5. Which is faster, the 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm or the 512GB Solid State Drive?

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  3. Jaxdialation macrumors regular

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    I'd guess that with some apps the i5 with an ssd would smoke an i7 with a 5400 rpm hard drive.
     
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    If you're on a budget, consider the new Seagate Momentus XT...
     
  5. LedCop macrumors regular

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    Anyone considering getting a 512GB SSD can't be on a budget. ;)
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    compared to a 3.5" 1TB SSD, they would appear to be on a budget ;)

    SSD is SO much faster its not even a real comparison!
     
  7. LedCop macrumors regular

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    No, no, I'm sure the OP can afford a 3.5" 1TB SSD. It's just that it won't fit in the 17" MBP he/she wants and/or that Apple doesn't offer it in a CTO. ;)
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha yea without doubt! TBH, 512GB is a minimum requirement for me, im a heavy user. SSDs arent feasible for me just yet.
     
  9. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    lol 512gb ssd is a lot of money! go on a cruise :p
     
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    Just RAID couple cheapish ones :p Or just get this, 1.4GB/s read&write speed should make reading emails significantly faster :D
     
  11. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Haha, that's great. But seriously, if you have the cash and think it is worth it, the SSD will definitely be faster. Personally, I couldn't see spending as much on the SSD as I did on my computer :p But hey, I am a college student, so I don't have that kind of cash.
     
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    Well, I think those are mainly meant for servers as 4500$ is pretty huge pile of money for a consumer :cool: Companies used RAM disks before which cost tens of thousands of dollars each, so for them 4500$ isn't much.

    Anyway, IMO 80GB as OS&app drive and +500GB HD is a killer setup, it has both, speed and capacity
     
  13. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    Amen to that.
     
  14. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Hehe, the SSD is the greatest if you can afford enough space to hold all your stuff:D
     
  15. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    this is comparing old tech to new tech. ssd ftw.
     
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  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    not bad, but NO company would buy that, as its MLC. and prone to fail after probably a year of use.

    ramdisks would be entirely used by them, im even thinking of getting one :D

    eh, not just yet. limiting factors of SSD still.
     
  18. rjsmith18 macrumors member

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    SSD are a lot faster, but I am told that the life span is significantly less than regular hard drives.
     
  19. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    all depends on the size/type of the SSD that you get and how heavily you use it.
     

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