7200 rpm 1T vs 5400 rpm 1T SSHD

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  1. Tiscan

    Tiscan Notebook Guru

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    So reading around it seems opinions are mixed. What is going to be a better gaming experience (this will be a non-OS drive):

    1TB SATA 3 7200 rpm drive Vs 1TB SATA 3 5400 rpm hybrid SSD / HD (Segate)

    And also would be interested in

    1TB SATA 2 7200 rpm drive Vs 1TB SATA 3 5400 rpm hybrid SSD / HD (Segate)

    Not sure the difference is going to be earth shattering, but would like to understand this.
     
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    The hybrid drives, in both cases.
     
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    Qing Dao LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD

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    Sata 2 or 3 doesn't change anything for the performance of mechanical hard drives.

    You also should look at the individual drives, not in general, because there are performance differences between them.

    For gaming it doesn't matter, really. Your hard drive doesn't affect your FPS, just loading of the game or levels while playing the game. Also, unless you play only one game, the drive with the faster mechanical part (excluding the solid state memory) will load levels faster. The hybrid drives just have a small amount of solid state memory that speeds up loading of the most commonly used data on your drive, whatever it is.
     
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    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    I suggest hybrid since it's faster in most cases. The particular drive is 5400rpm, thus generates less heat.
     
  5. TriBeard

    TriBeard Notebook Consultant

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    For a non-os drive, I would probably go with this:

    http://www.amazon.com/HGST-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-7200RPM-Mobile/dp/B0097LG9U8

    It's only one point of failure instead of two with a SSHD, and it's one of, if not the fastest traditional hard drive in a laptop form factor, and beats most desktop hard drives as well. It's just simpler and will provide more consistent performance than an SSHD. IMO, SSHD are really only the best option when you only have one hard drive slot and need more storage than you get afford to get if you went with an SSD.
     
  6. Krane

    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    The 5400 RPM drive is obsolete. Consider it only for off-line shelf storage. Its not something you want to upgrade to, or buy new to put in a laptop. Its just too darn slow.
     
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    depends on what you are doing, if this is an OS drive and you are a creature of habit, the SSHD is far superior in terms of random performance. If it is a storage drive, then you want high sequential transfer speed (this will determine your Game/lvl load times and installation).
    Now for HDD sequential performance, its not so simple as 5400RPM vs 7200RPM, you have to know the platter density of the drive. A 5400RPM drive with 500gb platters is at least equal or superior to 7200RPM drives with 320gb platters in terms of sequential performance. As I last remember, I think 500gb platters are the maximum density achieved to date on the 2.5inch format, the only drive I know of that has 7200RPM and 500gb platters is the HGST Travelstar 7K1000 (1TB capacity).

    Therefore, I recommend the Travelstar 7K1000 as the storage drive for your games.
     
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    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    667GB per platter, Seagate-Samsung
     
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    Ah I stand corrected, 667gb platters at 5400rpm is indeed slightly superior to 500gb at 7200rpm. Samsung Spinpoint M9T Hard Drive Review | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews
    Year of release is 2013 so It may be a while though until we see these superb platters paired with a 7200RPM motor.

    @OP
    Given this new information, I think the M9T is better than the 7K1000 since it has equal sequential performance but has less vibration (5400rpm) and bigger capacity.
     
  10. Krane

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    Now all we need are your readings?
     
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