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Windows 7: Difference between an I3 7200 RPM and I5 5400 RPM

07 Mar 2010   #1
Jimmy Timmy

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Difference between an I3 7200 RPM and I5 5400 RPM

I have a question. I know a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive is supposedly faster than a 5400 RPM SATA hard drive. And an I5-430 is faster than a I3-330m.

But is an I5-430 with 5400 RPM hard drive worth $100 more than an I3-330 with a 7200 RPM? Or in other words, is the performance improvement of the I5 to the I3 negated if the Hard drive speed is slower? Just curious.


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07 Mar 2010   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Good question - unfortunately it's hard to say - yes the 5400rpm drive will slow you down a little with th i5 430, but personally I'd paid the extra $100 for a superior chip.


Besides, a laptop/netbook HDD is far easier to replace than a CPU.
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08 Mar 2010   #3
Jimmy Timmy

Windows 7
 
 

Well...I already bought the I3-330M but I just saw this I-5 for only $100 more and also with a 10-key numeric keypad. So I had some buyers remorse. But then I saw the hard drive was 5400rpm so I was wondering if I still made a good choice.

Most of the I5s I had been seeing were about $200 more and not worth it.
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10 Mar 2010   #4
fatedquest

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yes it is because a 7200 RPM HDD is just slightly more expensive compared to a 5400 RPM HDD.
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17 Mar 2010   #5
Jimmy Timmy

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Good question - unfortunately it's hard to say - yes the 5400rpm drive will slow you down a little with th i5 430, but personally I'd paid the extra $100 for a superior chip.


Besides, a laptop/netbook HDD is far easier to replace than a CPU.
Ok so tell me is an I-5 really that much better than an I-3? Can you give me a real-world example where I will be doing something and wishing "Man I could've used an I-5 right now"
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