will my macbook be faster with a 7200RPM drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by vzippa5, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. vzippa5 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2009
    I have run a benchmark on my macbook with a Seagate 500GB 5400 RPM drive installed, and noticed that my score is higher than some other people who have posted their benchmarks. (newB, so I'm guessing that a higher score is better)

    Will I notice a better performance if I upgrade to one of the 7200 RPM drives?

  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Yes you will notice the difference, there is even more of a difference with an SSD.
  3. Mars478 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2008
    NYC, NY
    You sure as well will. I use a 7200RPM and will NEVER go back to 5400RPMs.
  4. vzippa5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2009
    can anyone post a benchmark that shows their mac running much faster with a 7200 drive? I ask because this seems to be a topic of debate on the forums, and some tests have shown the new 5400 RPM drives are as fast or faster...

    & it just seems more scientific than people saying "it feels faster"
  5. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2009
    7 > 5

  6. mcruzader macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
  7. son512 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2009

    Highly used intel 80gb SSD about half full. It got a little slower since i know i filled it atleast once over. (hopefully apple implements TRIM sometime in the next major OSX release)

    i will probably never go back to disk drives for my boot drive. It makes my desktop computer with a 7200rpm drive feel slow. Now i have to switch those over to SSD's as well.
  8. ian.maffett macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2008
    Absolutely - yes. SSD is still pricey but 7200 will be a worthy, cost effective upgrade.
  9. broken-chaos macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I did an upgrade to a 7200RPM drive (and 4GiB of RAM) a couple months back on my MB 4,1. Unless you have one of the better 5400RPM drives (which would mean you've already replaced the stock drive), the different will certainly be noticeable. Even compared with one of the better 5400s, you'd probably still notice a difference.

    Xbench results on the new drive:
    	System Info		
    		Xbench Version		1.3
    		System Version		10.6.2 (10C540)
    		Physical RAM		4096 MB
    		Model		MacBook4,1
    		Drive Type		WDC WD3200BEKT-00F3T0
    	Disk Test	67.56	
    		Sequential	94.24	
    			Uncached Write	124.34	76.34 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	126.04	71.31 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	50.92	14.90 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	146.43	73.60 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    		Random	52.65	
    			Uncached Write	19.15	2.03 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	162.98	52.18 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	92.98	0.66 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	145.83	27.06 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  10. TheZA macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    What about power use on the 7200 drive? Do you find you are consuming the charge in your battery much quicker?
  11. slaytalera macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2009
    I have the seagate 7200 RPM 500GB hard drive in my macbook pro and 7200RPM drive western digital drive in my ibook and it made a pretty significant difference, especially when i updated my ibook. batter life really isnt affected too much, i can still make it through a 3 hour class on my macbook pro with some juice left
  12. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    There is very little difference between, say, a 320gb/7200rpm notebook hard drive and a good 500GB 5400rpm. I use the scorpio blue 500gb and it's as fast as the scorpio black 7200rpm. From what I have been able to gather it saves a little on battery - not much though.

    The bottom line is...if you really need a fast drive in the notebook, get an SSD. The difference between your 500gb 5400 seagate and a 7200 will not be noticable, but the difference between it and an SSD will be.
  13. philosopherdog macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2008
    I personally wouldn't put a 7200 on a 13 inch. The thing will run hotter and you may notice vibration. I know some people do it, but I think there's a reason Apple does not offer a 7200 on the 13 inch in contrast to the 15 inch.
  14. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    Don't know that heat is really a concern, but I have heard reports of vibration depending on what kind of drive you put in there.

    Why do you think the 13 vs. 15 would make a difference? They both pack components in pretty tightly....

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