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SATA3 drive at 5900rpm vs SATA2 drive at 7200rpm

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January 29, 2011 6:24:27 PM

im building a computer and i have to make a choice between, a SATA3 drive at 5900rpms or a SATA2 drive a 7200rpm, so my questions which will provide more performance? a slower spin speed with sata3 or a faster spin speed with sata2. the drives are, 2TB SATA3 5900RPM Green and 2TB Green EARS
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a c 143 G Storage
January 29, 2011 6:40:10 PM

What is your motherboard??

It doesn't have SATA3 support than there is no need to purchase a SATA3 drive. You will see no benefit on a SATA3 over a SATA2. You will get the better performance out of the SATA2 drive.
a c 271 G Storage
January 29, 2011 11:14:40 PM

Are you sure the 2TB "Green" EARS drive spins at 7200 RPM? I though they were all 5400 RPM drives.
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January 30, 2011 6:00:07 AM

tecmo34 said:
What is your motherboard??

It doesn't have SATA3 support than there is no need to purchase a SATA3 drive. You will see no benefit on a SATA3 over a SATA2. You will get the better performance out of the SATA2 drive.

My motherboard is. The asrock 890x extreme 3 with USB and SATA 3.
January 30, 2011 6:07:40 AM

fzabkar said:
Are you sure the 2TB "Green" EARS drive spins at 7200 RPM? I though they were all 5400 RPM drives.

If that is true then I would use a Seagate barracuda 7200.11, I think that there is a 2tb version isn't there?
My real question is whether a 5900rpm SATA3 driver is faster or slower than a 7200rpm SATA2 drive.
a c 271 G Storage
February 1, 2011 3:58:47 AM

A 7200 RPM drive would be faster than a SATA3 or SATA4 or SATA100 5900 RPM drive. :-)

The sustained data rate is limited by the rate at which data moves between the cache and the platters, ie it is a function of the drive's RPM and platter density, not interface speed. Higher interface speeds will allow greater "burst" rates, but these would also be limited by the speed of the drive's cache memory, and also by seek times.
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