Originally Posted by Mfusick
It's my opinion and I am entitled to it.
It is indeed nonsense when slowing the spindle speed down at the expensive of performance with almost no real significant improvement in thermals, noise or energy consumption.
As the Brits would say, that is complete and utter bullocks.
Slowing the spindle speed down absolutely
improves thermals, noise and energy consumption.
The problem is you're not comparing apples to apples. You're comparing drives from different generations, with different areal densities, different numbers of platters, manufactured using different processes. As always you like to make broad generalizations without actually having any meaningful data to back up what you say.
7200rpm drive and slow the spindle speed to 5400rpm. Yes it will be slower. But it will also use less energy, be quieter, and stay cooler. Those are unavoidable results of basic physics. If you're comparing a 7200rpm drive and a 5400rpm drive, and the 5400rpm drive is louder, hotter, and/or using more energy, the difference is in the one of the other areas I mentioned above, not because
of the drive spinning at 5400rpm. You're trying to imply a connection that simply isn't there.
And yes, as stated many, many, many
times before, you're entitled to your opinion and your allowed to come on here and share it with everyone within the framework of the discussion board. But I have the same right to come in here and point out why your broad generalization isn't right all of the time, and how it is detrimental to continue spreading your not-entirely-reality-based-opinion on here as if it is some sort of immutable fact.
The reality is, (regardless of what your own personal experiences may be) 5400rpm drives don't suck for plenty of applications that are quite common in this community. You even acknowledge that on occasion (when confronted with the undeniable reality enough times) yet every time the subject comes up again new, you start down the same old, "these drives are crappy!" road, knowing that eventually you're just going to end up caving later when you run out of poor logic to try and talk your way out of it.
But if you wanna do this dance again, I say lets boogie.