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From 5400 RPM to 7200 RPM - A notable difference?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Kantastic, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Kantastic

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    To those who upgraded their laptops to a 7200 RPM drive, have you noticed a real-world difference in responsiveness?

    I'm looking to grab one of these tonight: Western Digital Scorpio Black WD2500BEKT

    I don't want to spend $44 for almost no performance increase. I don't care about synthetic benchmarks, I care about my bloody eyes.
     
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    Boot times a little better, higher read/write...that's about it.



    I would go for the cheaper drive as its not worth the extra for very little. :)
     
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    I saw somewhere a while back that the file copy performance was about 33% higher with 7200RPM.
     
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    What aCid888* said.

    Try to track down HD Tune, HDTach, etc. runs for specific drives; there can be a lot of variance in speed between drives of the same rotational speed, so choosing based on that alone would be failing to consider the whole picture. But on the whole, anyone who claims there is a significant noticeable difference between 5400rpm and 7200rpm should look up "placebo effect."
     
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    Hell yeah man, the only difference I managed to see once was that there was less hdd noise, which was obvious since the 5400 was somewhat old and the 7200 a brand new one. Speed? I could barely see the difference but I only had it for a couple of days. Benches are great, don't get me wrong, but I've learned throughout the years that benches and real life performance are to be taken with a grain of salt.
     
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    5400 to 7200, yes

    32mb buffer 7200 to 10000, not really.
     
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    Depends if you are talking about an old 80gb 5400rpm or something that WD would stomp it, even a newer 5400rpm would stomp it, if its a fairly new 5400rpm model then it might not be that noticeable.
     
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    if its anything like the difference between a WD green vs Blue... THERE IS A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE......







    greens should only be used as storage.... i have 2blues in a raid and 2 greens in a raid0... i cannot play WoW installed on the green drives.... the load times are a good 40% longer vs the blue drivers.. and i have my OS installed on the blue dives as well.......




    i would not even consider putting the OS on the green drives.
     
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