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prnoct90
Jul 21, 2011, 09:26 AM
Is the OWC memory for the MacBook Air really as great as they say it is. I was going to get the 256GB air from Apple, but now I am thinking about getting the 128GB, selling the 128gb thing on Ebay, and getting the OWC 240GB? Is it really going to be worth it to do that? What have people that have them said? Also, didn't Apple recently start using faster ssds anyways?



Philflow
Jul 21, 2011, 09:34 AM
The performance difference is too small to notice during normal usage.

For reference: check out this review (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6178), the stock Apple SSD performs like the Kingston. The OWC is slightly slower than the Vertex 3 in the review.

Cheffy Dave
Jul 21, 2011, 09:35 AM
Is the OWC memory for the MacBook Air really as great as they say it is. I was going to get the 256GB air from Apple, but now I am thinking about getting the 128GB, selling the 128gb thing on Ebay, and getting the OWC 240GB? Is it really going to be worth it to do that? What have people that have them said? Also, didn't Apple recently start using faster ssds anyways?

I do not know if their memory is compatible with the just released MBA's, their web site yesterday said for 2010 relea:confused:se MBA

Philflow
Jul 21, 2011, 09:36 AM
I do not know if their memory is compatible with the just released MBA's, their web site yesterday said for 2010 relea:confused:se MBA

He's talking about SSDs ;)

jimboutilier
Jul 21, 2011, 10:26 AM
The performance difference is too small to notice during normal usage.

For reference: check out this review (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6178), the stock Apple SSD performs like the Kingston. The OWC is slightly slower than the Vertex 3 in the review.

You do know that the MBA does not use this type of SSD so this particular reference is meaningless right?

As someone who upgraded their 2010 11" MBA from its stock 128gb SSD to an OWC 240gb SSD I can say the OWC SSD is significantly and noticeably faster both from an everyday use point of view and a benchmark point of view.

The system boots faster, launches apps faster, load files faster and generally feels significantly snappier. My overall XBENCH score wend from about 120 to over 140. The disk tests were even more impressive but what really matters to me is overall performance - and of course the wonderful increase in storage space which is why I really bought the OWC upgrade.

That said, I'm not sure what Apple is using for the 2011 MBA's SSD. Its said to be quite a bit faster than the 2010 but no idea how true it is or how it stands up to OWC or if the OWC even works in the 2011 MBAs.

skiffx
Jul 21, 2011, 10:29 AM
TRIM Support wont be available for non Apple SSDs though, so Id just got with the 256 from Apple.

thatisme
Jul 21, 2011, 10:32 AM
TRIM Support wont be available for non Apple SSDs though, so Id just got with the 256 from Apple.

There are ways to enable it for non Apple drives. Just search the forums or Google for directions on how to do it....

Bob Coxner
Jul 21, 2011, 12:23 PM
I haven't yet seen a definitive answer on whether the SSD is soldered in on the new MBA or not. You can infer that it is based on some text on the Apple description. That would make aftermarket discussion moot.

Philflow
Jul 21, 2011, 01:00 PM
You do know that the MBA does not use this type of SSD so this particular reference is meaningless right?


The Toshiba SSD in the MBA uses the exact same controller as Kingston V+ 100 and performs nearly identical. I've owned it and have checked it. Also see: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3991/apples-2010-macbook-air-11-13inch-reviewed/4


That said, I'm not sure what Apple is using for the 2011 MBA's SSD.

Sofar only Samsung and Toshiba part numbers have been reported, indentical to 2010 MBAs.