I have a Gateway MX7525 and it runs great except when i try to play certain games like command and conquer: generals. When i play games like that performance becomes so bad i can't continue playing. It becomes extremely choppy. This laptop comes with a 100 GB hard drive but it onlys runs at 4200 RPM. My question is would upgrading to a 7200 RPM solve this problem or is my problem not hard drive related? Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated.
I doubt the issue is related to ur HDD. Hard drives generally only operate in a game when something (like a level) is being loaded. during gameplay hard drives have almost no impact in frame rate (if any at all!).
There are a couple things to consider here:
1. are you playing the game on battery power? if so, CPU speed and GPU speeds are dramatically reduced when on battery power. hence you will get bad performance.
2. drivers. i would suggest going to ATI's website and downloading the latest catalyst drivers. OEM's often ship the "most compatible" and "older" versions of their own drivers. performance can be dramatically increased using catalyst drivers.
3. Mobility radeon x600 GPU- certainly it's no slug, but it's not exactly the fastest either. if you're trying to play this game at high resolutions with max settings, frame rates will be slow. go into CC Generals setup/options and try laxing up some of the settings like texture, anistropic filtering, and FSAA.
I am not running the laptop on battery power - i plug it in while playing games so that i get max performance. I also had a desktop with PC2700 in it and the desktop ran that game just fine. I hate to hear that this laptop is a piece of crap but it is mine now. That hard drive was the one i was thinking about buying but if you think it is not going to solve my problem then i will save my $135.
That system should be more than capable of playing C&C:Generals. I have a Sager 5680 w/ a P4 3.0, 1GB DDR400, 60GB 7200rpm drive, and an ATI9700 Pro Mobility(128MB). I play WoW on it fine.
He's got a better CPU and GPU than me. PC2700 isn't great but its still more than enough. In a game thats constantly reading from the HD, that 4200 rpm is gonna suck but yeah in a game like C&C: Generals it shouldn't hurt to much.
Are you sure heat isn't throttling the CPU? To see how much the game is pulling from the harddrive get a tool that monitors disk I/O.
I'm not denying that 7200 rpm notebook hard drives are sold, just saying they are far from the norm. The majority of notebooks still use 5400 rpm drives. And for bigger drives (like his 100GB) the rpm is lower because of the higher density and number of platters. To increase (or keep the same) MTBF the rpm needs to be lower. Heat is also a factor.
But yes, 7200 rpm drives (thank god) are gaining popularity in notebooks very quickly.