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Hi there,

I'm about to get a new gaming laptop but am torn between 2 models. They both have the exact same components except one has a 7200 RPM HDD and the other has a slower 5400 RPM HDD. Also, the laptop with the slower hard drive happens to have a processor that is 0.13GHz (130MHz) faster.

What I'm really wondering is: Is there going to be any real, discernible difference in gaming performance between these 2 models? Gaming is probably the most stressful activity I'll use my computer for on a regular basis so buying the one with the best performance in that regard is very important to me.

Thanks for your input guys.
post #2 of 33
First off, what models are they? and what is the cost difference for the one with the faster HD vs the slow HD?

7200 RPM drives will run a tad hotter than 5400 RPM drives. Also something you might want to look at is how big the built in Cache is for each drive. If the 7200 RPM has a 32mb cache vs a 5400 RPM with a 16 mb cache, you are better off with the 7200RPM one

I would personally go with the 7200 RPM one.
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Payload;15527952 
First off, what models are they? and what is the cost difference for the one with the faster HD vs the slow HD?

7200 RPM drives will run a tad hotter than 5400 RPM drives. Also something you might want to look at is how big the built in Cache is for each drive. If the 7200 RPM has a 32mb cache vs a 5400 RPM with a 16 mb cache, you are better off with the 7200RPM one

I would personally go with the 7200 RPM one.

They are the ASUS G73JH-RBBX05 (7200 RPM) and the ASUS G73JH-BST7 (5400 RPM). First one's also got a 1.6 GHz first-gen Core i7 while second one's got a 1.73 GHz CPU. Both have a 1 GB Mobility Radeon 5870M.

I have no idea how big the cache is for these 2 laptops and can't seem to find that info anywhere. I'm tempted to buy the one with the slower hard drive just because it's almost $100 cheaper and everything else is the same between them.
post #4 of 33
There are no differences in general gaming performances unless you are constantly loading map and area such as WoW, MMO and etc.

7200RPM consumer more battery power than 5400RPM.

Get the hybrid SSD + HDD 500GB Momentus XT.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

I got it for $90 back then. Windows 7 rated it at 7.7
Edited by djriful - 10/31/11 at 11:45pm
     
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If the second one has a second gen Core i7, go with that one. Then replace the drive later with a faster one. Both those models also have a 2nd Hard disk drive bay, so you could even install an SSD!
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post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Payload;15528323 
If the second one has a second gen Core i7, go with that one.

Both of the laptops are first-gen Core i7. One is 1.60 GHz and the other one is 1.73 GHz.
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Originally Posted by djriful;15528306 
There are no differences in general gaming performances unless you are constantly loading map and area such as WoW, MMO and etc.

I only play first-person shooters, mostly Source-based games and Battlefield 2 at the moment. Once I get my new laptop I'll be looking into Battlefield 3 and Crysis/Crysis 2. Do these last 3 games constantly load map and area on the fly and would they benefit from a faster hard drive?
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Originally Posted by octiceps;15532597 
I only play first-person shooters, mostly Source-based games and Battlefield 2 at the moment. Once I get my new laptop I'll be looking into Battlefield 3 and Crysis/Crysis 2. Do these last 3 games constantly load map and area on the fly and would they benefit from a faster hard drive?
Crysis and Crysis 2? Heck yes. They need the fastest I/O you can provide them.

I remember seeing some Crysis benchmarks way back where the minimum framerate was about 10fps on a 5400RPM laptop drive, ~15fps on 7200RPM, and ~30fps on an SSD. Average framerate only varied 1-2 fps. When you factor in Crysis's constant texture and model streaming, that means the faster HDD (and SSD) had less stutters.
     
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Crysis and Crysis 2? Heck yes. They need the fastest I/O you can provide them.

I remember seeing some Crysis benchmarks way back where the minimum framerate was about 10fps on a 5400RPM laptop drive, ~15fps on 7200RPM, and ~30fps on an SSD. Average framerate only varied 1-2 fps. When you factor in Crysis's constant texture and model streaming, that means the faster HDD (and SSD) had less stutters.

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=crysis%20ssd%20performance&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CEMQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.samsung.com%2Fglobal%2Fbusiness%2Fsemiconductor%2Fproducts%2FSSD%2Fdownloads%2FSSD_vs_HDD_is_there_a_difference_Rev_3.pdf&ei=EQ2xTrvTAo24twf107GAAg&usg=AFQjCNF7RvUCPFvAV6fInHOR6ExnvmkFyA&cad=rja

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Originally Posted by Kramy;15540840 
Crysis and Crysis 2? Heck yes. They need the fastest I/O you can provide them.

I remember seeing some Crysis benchmarks way back where the minimum framerate was about 10fps on a 5400RPM laptop drive, ~15fps on 7200RPM, and ~30fps on an SSD. Average framerate only varied 1-2 fps. When you factor in Crysis's constant texture and model streaming, that means the faster HDD (and SSD) had less stutters.

Thanks for the info Kramy. I already pulled the trigger on the laptop with the 5400 RPM HDD since it's just so much cheaper. I'll add an SDD in the second drive bay once the prices for those go down. That way, I'll not only be getting a faster laptop but I'll also be saving green. cool.gif
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