SSDs Vs 7200 RPM

SSDs are expensive, but they’re worth it. We all know that because you’ve heard it at least a million times, right? But how much is an SSD really worth to me?

That’s what rpm vs SSD is about. rpm stands for rpm (revolutions per minute) which is the same as 7200rpm, or 7.2k rpm.

When comparing rpm with SSDs, one must consider many things besides their performance capabilities alone because rpm has other benefits than just transferring data faster than your HDD/SSD does – that part isn’t worth consideration because HDD/SSD manufacturers use rpm ratings that are known to be higher than what they can actually provide so nearly every HDD/SSD performs at or below rpm specifications when in actual use [the exception here would be ssd s that advertise a higher rpm but exceed the rpm specification in actual read/write speeds, such as OCZ Vector ].

Apart from having a lower rpm than s sd, HDD/ssds also have moving parts which result in noise and vibration.

This lowers rpm’s advantage overs sd because rpm can still flood your system with noises and vibrations even though it provides faster data transfer rates…About the only good point of rpm is its price.

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Lower rpm equals lower cost to you so if you’re on a budget then an rpm drive will probably do just fine for what you need it to do.

On the other hand, s sd prices are slowly going down and what rpm drives lack in price rpm makes up for with its performance capability, especially if rpm can provide faster transfer rates than SSD.

But here’s the catch: RPM still depends on how fast your system is so it doesn’t matter if rpm has faster transfer rates than SSDs- you won’t be able to fully enjoy those rates unless you have a very powerful computer that can handle rpm speeds.

An rpm drive will also be noisier and vibrate more than an SSD because rpm has moving parts that create noise and vibrations whereas SSD does not.

So which one should you choose? It all comes down to how much money you’re willing to spend. If you want a drive that offers both high rpm and low prices, rpm is definitely your choice. But if you want a drive that’s more durable and performs better, ssd is the way to go…

Article summary:

  • RPM has lower price than SSD
  • RPM has moving parts that create noise and vibrations whereas SSD does not
  • RPM provides faster transfer rates but you’ll need a good computer for your system to handle rpm speeds
  • SSDs will be quieter and vibrate less than an rpm drive because of the lack of moving parts.
Ryan MacWha

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