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5400 RPM vs 7200 RPM?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by raiderlax27, Aug 3, 2005.

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  1. raiderlax27

    raiderlax27 Notebook Consultant

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    I was wondering how much of a difference between 5400 and 7200 rpm hard drives, in speed, battery comsumption and anything else in genral. Also would a 7200 be worth 40$ more?
     
  2. miner

    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Well, performance will be only slightly noticable...manufacturing process has improved so the power requirements have decreased but still with the 7200rpm HD expect a 5% increase in power consumption.

    For the average user 5400rpm HD are more than enough, the only improvement over it will be in system startup & program loading times...

    So if you can afford go for it, otherwise a 5400rpm HD is also very capable.
     
  3. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    And it depends on what you're going to be doing. Regular office apps and web, it's not going to benefit you much, if at all.
     
  4. Xerxes

    Xerxes Notebook Consultant

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    Well seagate and hatichi(second gen) are boasting 7200rpms that consume as much as a 5400rpm... I only plan to get a 7200 because i'm prone to multimedia and games...

    I guess a middle solution would be getting a laptop with 8mb cache... Hmmmm, or did i dream about that...
     
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    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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