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Help wanted 7200 RPM or 5400 RPM

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Ive looked at tomshardware chart and for laptop (2.5") hard drives there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference between the two...(only 2-3ms)

The price difference between the 80gb 5400 and the 80gb 7200 is $100!(its from the dell website were I will be getting the laptop)

Is there really any other performance difference if not I think I'm going to stick with the 5400 rpm
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there will be a small difference:

Windows might load 2-3 seconds slower O.o
Games like Fear, Oblivion etc.. might load about 4-8 seconds slower....

small details like that, IMO not worth 100$ unless it is your main gaming lappy...
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Well it will be my main gaming lappy, has a 7900gs go and a total cost of $1100. and since the 7900gs go is better then my 6800gs i will use it for games, untill an upgrade.

and even so 4-8 seconds on games still doesn't seem worth $100
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There's a huge gap for the minimum write transfer rate along with file writing, but I would definitely go with the 5400RPM hard drive. It's pretty much the only upgrade you can do on most laptops, so if you aren't satisfied with the 5400RPM, then you can later upgrade.
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By no means worth the extra $100, unless you NEED the extra speed. Personally, I don't mind the lost seconds.
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HUGE difference! Seriously, I've had a laptop, and dealt with several others with 5400rpm drives, and then I got my own with a 7200... it OWNS the 5400. With pagefiles, you'll see a huge difference in how fast windows loads/runs and how games load/run. Get the 7200rpm, you won't regret it! You will regret it if you get a 5400rpm... hard drives are getting to be more and more the bottleneck in systems these days. Especially laptops with 5400 rpm drives. Just get the 7200rpm!
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Originally Posted by GaarBear View Post
There's a huge gap for the minimum write transfer rate along with file writing, but I would definitely go with the 5400RPM hard drive. It's pretty much the only upgrade you can do on most laptops, so if you aren't satisfied with the 5400RPM, then you can later upgrade.
After researching this I found that on newegg.com its only costs $95 to upgrade to a 7200RPM so if the 5400RPM doesnt work out i will upgrade from newegg so I save on tax and extra $5, thanks GaarBear!
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