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7200 rpm HDD may increase your PS3's performance

The standard HDD that comes with your PS3 is 5400 rpm -- not bad, but not the best on the market. We've stumbled across a write-up detailing the addition of a different hard drive, running at 7200 rpm, and its effect on a various array of games and other such things. While we wouldn't recommend you all rush out and do this, as long-term effects can't possibly be gauged just yet, it's still interesting to consider the ways Sony fans can customize their console to be unique. We'll outline the results below.
  • Temperature testing against the two hard drives yielded a minimal difference; no overheating will occur with a 7200 rpm drive, ostensibly.
  • Installing demos after downloading off the PSN had an average of ten seconds shaved off due to the higher rpm drive, except that Tony Hawk demo, with destroyed over forty seconds of install time. Impressive.
  • Loading games generally yielded minimal results, unless you consider 2 seconds of load time a big deal.
In conclusion, yes, a 7200 rpm drive increases your PS3's performance, but it's generally nothing that makes soil our underwear. While two seconds off load time is nice, it's not like we'd do much besides scratch ourselves in that time frame. And sometimes, it's a great itch to scratch and playing a game would totally throw us off. Thoughts?

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21. Just because it does work doesn't mean it's a good idea; learned that from turbocharging a couple of 4-bangers that were already running a fair amount of compression, without properly upgrading other components. It worked really well—for a while.

Posted at 12:53AM on Oct 3rd 2007 by mccomber

22. I read an article (can't seem to find it) stating that while 5400RPM vs. 7200RPM only showed slight increases in performance, increasing your HD cache would greatly increase your performance (the comparison was between the 20GB w/2MB cache vs. 60GB w/8MB cache). I ended up getting a 5400RPM w/16BM cache - my loading times flyby.

Posted at 8:58AM on Oct 3rd 2007 by Iowaboyjcb

23. Rotational speed, cache size and seek times all matter. Most drives these days have no less than 8mb cache and ~9ms seek times. Faster rotational speed drives often have lower seek times (which makes sense if you understand how hard drives work).

If you wanna go all out, just get a solid state drive and an external usb2 raid drive. Lacie makes a nice one.

Posted at 12:33PM on Oct 3rd 2007 by Popfrogs

24. I think its a great sign for things to come. With a supposed 10 year lifespan, the PS3 will need all the help it can get during its last few years.

Imagine reducing load times on the PS2 now. Plus, think of the hard drive speeds that will be developed within the next decade.

Hopefully we wouldn't have moved on to solid state disks by then.

Posted at 12:34PM on Oct 3rd 2007 by HektikLyfe

25. 7200rpm drives are a little more expensive so I see no reason to upgrade. Also I read in a guide that the PS3 firmware capps the HDD speed, meaning a 7200rpm drive would only run at 5400rpm. So a firmware update would be needed.

Posted at 3:48PM on Oct 3rd 2007 by bamf

26. Well, it might not make that much of a difference when just playing games etc, but it will make a difference if you plan to install Linux on it. I wanted to buy a bigger drive before I install Linux anyway, so why not a faster one if it doesn't cause more heat.
But then again, even in Linux it does only affect startup times of programs and general booting time. That's not that important either. So what...

Posted at 5:45PM on Oct 3rd 2007 by Bloodsurfer

27. #12, 16, thanks!

Posted at 2:09PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Rob

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