Originally Posted by dave-p
I have to disagree with the above post, I think you will see a performance gain in the game with a 7200 RPM drive, there is a faster data throughput and usually results in a faster loaded game.
Your main concerns is
1. Drive compatibility from this laptop to the Future Dell
2. Price Vs Performance gain...if its worth the price for the gain then go for it.
I have a thread somewhere in this forum, where I benchmarked a 5400 Vs 7200 drive in the same 9400 laptop, if memory serves me correct there was a around a 20 percent gain in perfromace.
If you dont have enough ram, yes you would see better performance. Also, i said in my post, yes you will see faster load times. As far as FPS, you will only see a difference if you dont have enough ram. If you have 2 Gig of ram, you will not see any increase in FPS. That last statement goes for todays games, not tomorrows. In my opinion, money would be better spent on extra RAM, unless you already have 2 gig.