I very much doubt it!
Looking at two systems for teachers. Both laptops, same spec except:
1st: i3 -3110M with a 5400rpm HDD
2nd: i3-3120M with a 7200rpm HDD
We're infant, so essentially Office, Web and basic educational software. Do you reckon anyone will notice a performance difference?
I very much doubt it!
Who are you buying the PCs from? You would get more of a step up from a SSD than anything else (would add to the long life of the PC as well) although again it might not be necessary anyway.
If you're just running office and basic education apps then you'll have no trouble with either spec. Hell you could give them a core 2 duo powered machine and it would run those with no trouble.
Absolutely not - they'd be unlikely to notice the difference between i3/i5/i7!
The 5400rpm drives should consume less power, so they might see a difference in battery life but I doubt they would see any performance difference.
If you plan on upgrading them in a couple of years anyway, don't waste the money now on the small performance improvement you're likely to see.
hardrives you will notice a difference and also over time aswell
Buy the cheaper one and give them a usb stick with the price difference, they'll be happier to have a shiny shiny!.
Last edited by dhicks; 2nd July 2013 at 04:51 PM.
harddrive performance is not only about rotational speed; There are a whole range of other factors affecting performance; things like cache size, areal density, & number of platters have a bearing too. A slower spinning higher density disk with more platters can outperform a much faster spinning disk , especially for sequential I/O while generating less noise, less heat and lower power consumption.
Last edited by broc; 2nd July 2013 at 02:23 PM.
Ok, so the crowd sourced opinion (from this very select audience) pretty much matches my instinct: Hdd likely to slow it down more, teachers unlikely to notice - they'll log on in the morning and then stay logged in all day (or possibly all year which is why I'm looking at Impero - different story). Seems odd to have the faster processor with the slower HDD, price difference is £3 - faster disk, slower processor is the more expensive. If the price difference was greater, it'd be an easier decision.
I'll try one of each and report back. Funny, I find big decisions much easier than these real nitty gritty trivial issues. Not sure what it says about me, but I'm sure it's something deep and meaningful...
jmak - if you plan to upgrade them with SSDs in the next 1-2 years I wouldn't waste the money on a 7200 vs 5400 HDD. Any SSD will blow either away.
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