So I dun goofed and ordered a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB driver, but by accident I ordered the 5900RPM version over the 7200RPM. Now, I can return the drive and get the one I originally intended to but is it worth it? What's the overall speed difference between the two?
Note: I won't have my OS on this drive, that'll stay on my current, smaller 7200RPM drive.
The slower drives tend to be cheaper, need less power and generate less heat. No, they're not as fast, but for bulk data storage you usually don't need a fast drive anyway. When you're opening a 10MB word document it hardly matters if it takes you 0.1 seconds or 0.2 seconds. And with modern drives even the slow ones can play back several movies simultaneously without breaking a sweat.
If it was the OS drive then the poorer performance would be a lot more important, but for bulk data storage I personally prefer the slower drives.