View Full Version : MBA SSD vs MBP SSD speed difference?

Apr 24, 2011, 02:29 PM
So will any Macbook Pro with an SSD basically be faster than a Macbook Air 2nd gen? Has Apple done something fundamentally from the ground up with the design/firmware that makes the MBA as fast as it is?

I guess my question is, can you expect 13 second boot-up time, 3 second shut down time and instant on that I am currently getting with my MBA if I buy a MBP with an SSD? Or do I have to wait for a MBP that has been exclusively designed to take advantage of the SSD's speed and not one that just offers the SSD as a drop-in option?

Apr 24, 2011, 02:31 PM
From what I have heard the firmware is different to allow instant wake

Apr 24, 2011, 02:49 PM
I'm not sure if this helps, but my MBP with an Intel SSD (G2) is pretty damn fast. I definitely get less than 15 sec boot ups. The only thing I don't get is that deep sleep feature that Apple put into the MBAs where the laptop can last for 30 days. I think that's more of a design/firmware feature Apple cooked up into the MBAs.

As for instant on, it's fast too. Maybe not as fast as the MBAs, but I get to my login screen in less than 8 seconds. Also shuts down in less than 5 seconds too. I think it all matters about the SSD. Apple doesn't offer the fast SSDs from Intel and OCZ with Sandforce controllers so if you get a MBP now with the SSD option you might not get speeds as those with Intel/ OCZ SSDs.

Apr 24, 2011, 06:32 PM
This answers all your questions. How the next mba 2011 edition will perform, is however unknown:

MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Speed Test