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Replacing ps3 HDD with 7200 rpm drive

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March 28, 2013 10:38:36 AM

I was wondering if a 7200 rpm drive with capacity 120-320GB will benefit the ps3, specifically Skyrim and DCUO. And overheating shouldn't be an issue as long as the area is well ventilated with a good room temperature, which it is.
March 28, 2013 10:42:25 AM

It definitely helps load/install times. I've had a 7200 rpm drive in mine for 2 or 3 years now with no issues.
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March 28, 2013 10:56:50 AM

Any news if it reduces DCUO lag or at least think it should? And improve Skyrim in general? And faster load/install times will definitely be helpful.
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March 28, 2013 10:58:41 AM

Ps3gamer7 said:
Any news if it reduces DCUO lag or at least think it should? And improve Skyrim in general? And faster load/install times will definitely be helpful.


http://www.eurogamer.net/videos/ps3-hard-drive-vs-ssd-c...

A skyrim comparison video. Not the best comparison, but you can see that the faster drives do provide a little more performance.

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March 28, 2013 11:01:47 AM

An I was considering Western Digital Scorpio Black.
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June 25, 2013 3:30:51 PM

I recently upgraded the stock 160gb 5400rpm 8mb cache with a "Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s".

I didn't do much testing except time the install of Little Big Planet Karting (7179mb) from the PSN Store:

160gb 5400rpm - 15:55 = 955 seconds
500gb 7200rpm - 14:32 = 872 seconds

83 second difference (8.691 % decrease)

As you can see, there is a noticeable improvement, but nothing significant. Most sources I have read don't have much more than a 10% improvement when it comes to 5400rpm vs 7200rpm.
Either way, noticing a near 9% decrease for the one test I did made me realize I did the right thing by spending the little extra and getting a 7200rpm instead of a 5400rpm hard drive.
I can't see heat being a huge factor, the 7200 hard drive itself will run about 2-3 degrees hotter from my research than a 5400 but that does not mean it will make your system as a whole run 2-3 hotter. Keep it well ventilated as it should be and I doubt heat would be an issue.
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