Originally Posted by Linari
One more question
Storage Space vs. Performance
Is it worth it to get the 60gb 7200rpm? Is there really that big of a speed difference? And also, if the HD runs faster, then potentially wouldn't the batter life be a bit less? I am not sure whether to get the 80gb 5400rpm or the 60gb 7200 rpm. I do play alot of online games that are installed completely on the Hardrive, but I dont think it matters that much in terms of performance.
Any help on answering this would be much appreciated. Thanks!
There is a noticable increase in performance but it's not monumental. It's most noticable when you are plaing a game. Less noticable when working with files (unless you're working with extremely large files).
The added battery consumption of a 7200 RPM drive over a 5400 RPM drive is minimal. I believe somewhere in the neighborhood of around 5 minutes, 10 tops. TimsHardware.com reviewed the diffrence. It was very telling because the thought had always been that you would suck down a lot more juice on a 7200 RPM drive. It turns out not be true.
Bottom line, it wouldn't be a sin to go with a 5400 RPM drive like going with a 4200 RPM drive would be. But if you have the money, and don't mind spending it, go with the 7200.
Vancomycin hit the nail on the head though, especially if you need more space. Gateway is only offering the 7200 in the 60Gig. It will only be a matter of time before the 80 and 100 7200 RPM drives are available on various websites, and I would guess not too long after that, the prices will start to drop.