Question about

November 4th 2012 7:48 pm

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?

sort by

2 answers

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.
mark as good answer

0 people like this answer


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.
mark as good answer

0 people like this answer


4 users following this question:

  • ajcohen
  • frankspin
  • cdpinker
  • nitehawk

This question has been viewed 1923 times.
Last activity .