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7200rpm HDD vs 5400rpm HDD With 128GB Os Drive

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October 9, 2013 6:50:47 PM

I have read lots of articles about 5200rpm drives and 7200rpm drives, but none specifically about this. I will be getting a gaming laptop (MSI GT70). It will have a120gb Samsung ssd and comes default with a 1tb 5400hdd. It would be $80 to upgrade to a 7200rpm drive. Sounds like a lot to me. Considering I have the ssd for the OS, would a7200rpm drive make much of a difference? It would really only be for storing games and cad files.

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October 9, 2013 6:55:04 PM

It is not the end of the world to have 5400rpm storage drive and I would not pay for an upgrade that is hardly noticeable.
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October 9, 2013 6:58:32 PM

But on a $1500 machine does that make sense? I suppose I could always swap it out later without much trouble since î won't have to move the os.
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October 9, 2013 7:01:07 PM

That is true but really I do not see the need for it, you will use the SSD for OS and programs so you get the snappy feeling from there.
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October 9, 2013 7:28:13 PM

I wouldn't pay $80 for just a speed upgrade. If it were only $20 I'd jump on that, but the difference in responsiveness/performance isn't worth $80 at all. You probably won't even notice the difference since commonly used files will end up being cached anyways and programs you really use a lot will probably be on the ssd anyways.

Just a note, putting games on your hdd (as opposed to ssd) won't give you any performance boosts (maybe 1-2 fps) - it only affects loading times. The difference in loading times between 5200rpm and 7200rpm won't be that big either.
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