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5,400rpm vs 7,200

I thought 7,200rpm in HDDs became standard decades ago, but apparantly Apple disagree with me. How much of a performance impact will using the base model's 5,200rpm drive be over an upgrade to 7,200?

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frankspin

Unless you have a lot of i/o I wouldn't stress about it too much. I have WD Green drives in my unRaid build and I still get 30MB writes despite them being 5400RPM drives. There are a lot of factors that come into the disk performance such as total files, block size, etc.
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ajcohen

They aren't disagreeing with you, but since the mini uses 2.5" drives, a 5400rpm drive is cheaper than a 7200rpm drive. There will be a speed difference, but it all depends on what you're doing to be using it for.

My suggestion would be to get the Fusion drive, it will cost a little more but will be worth it. Early tests are showing around 400mb/s read/write speeds.
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