- As we've shown before, upgrading your PS3's hard drive (HDD) is a quick and easy process. You don't need to be a master PC builder to do it; in fact, the hardest part is removing the tiny screws without stripping them.
After swapping out our first drive, we naturally wanted more, more, more!. A huge hard drive is obviously great for downloading demos, videos, and adding MP3s to your PS3 library. But speed also counts. Hard drives are comprised of platters that spin to read and write data; the faster that platter spins, the faster the hard drive can perform...leading to increased performance on PCs.
But does the PS3 benefit from a faster hard drive? And if so, is the performance boost worth the extra money?
We put two hard drives, a stock PS3 drive running at 5400rpm, and the other at 7200rpm, through a series of simple stopwatch tests to figure out whether drive speed matters to the PS3. By and large, we found that the gains were tiny.
Does a 7200rpm drive make your PS3 faster? We're about to find out
Note: both drives are Seagate Momentus drives; the 5400 RPM model is the stock option in the 60GB PS3.
PS3 startup time
5400rpm speed test: 15.7 sec
7200rpm speed test: 13.5 sec
VERDICT: This one was the most noticeable; we...