AFAIK, the older fat models cannot fully utilize a 7200 RPM HDD and it would therefore be a waste of money to get anything higher than 5900 RPM.
I've never heard that, but even if that is true, the rpms are less important than the 16mb cache found in this hard drive in terms of loading times. It's not going to be a night and day difference over 5400rpm/8mb drives, but the difference in cost is pretty minimal at around $10-$15. Most people I know would pay a tiny bit more to shave off a few seconds of their games' loading times.
Now that I think about it, I don't see how your statement about the older PS3s could be true. A PS3 is a PS3 in terms of its power supply and other basic specifications. It either supports 9mm 2.5" SATA drives or it doesn't. If you have something credible to back up this claim, please provide a link to it. --- "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford
There is a known issue with internal HDDs 640gb+ and the PS3 where the PS3 forces a reformat in certain circumstances (like the power being turned off suddenly or a power outage.) I would link the thread about the issue but I can't remember exactly where it was other than the official Playstation forums.
Bottom line: You should always back up your PS3 regularly, but especially if you go higher than 500gbs for the internal drive. --- "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford
I'd get this. http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E16822136279
Well actually, I DID get this.
The 500gb with the same specs is only $3 more. Seems like a bargain for an extra 250gb.
True, but I don't need more than 250 in my PS3, and the one I got had better reviews. Also, you can actually get the one you linked to at Newegg for $59 on sale, ending today. --- --- PSN: MisterDeadeye