View Full Version : Who's SSD are we seeing in the 13" MBA Ultimate

House Crasher
Aug 6, 2012, 06:41 PM
I'm actually at the Apple store right now returning my 11 inch MBA ultimate and considering the 13 inch ultimate but I'm understanding they come with Toshiba SSD's ?? True? I understand the read/write on TS is far worse than Samsung according to just about every online review.

Appreciate feedback


Aug 6, 2012, 07:11 PM
From my understanding, only the 128 and possibly 64 are made by toshiba. The 256 and 512 are samsung only afaik.

Aug 6, 2012, 09:16 PM
My 13 inch ultimate MBA has a Samsung SSD.

Aug 6, 2012, 10:26 PM
From what I've read, the 2011 MBAs with Toshiba SSDs (TS128A) were slower than the Samsung ones.

The 2012 MBAs with Toshiba SSDs (TS128E) are just as fast as the Samsung ones.

Aug 6, 2012, 10:45 PM
Here's what my new '12 MBA posted on BlackMagic.

Aug 6, 2012, 10:46 PM
2012 toshiba drives are completely different from the 2011 ones. They have switched controller to a sandforce one. That said, for non-compressible data, samsung drives are still faster.

As it looks right now, 256 and 512 GB models come with Samsung SSDs.


Aug 7, 2012, 12:23 AM

Heres my 2012 MBA with a samsung drive

Aug 7, 2012, 01:25 AM
My ultimate has a Samsung drive. Read the Anandtech review for a good overview of the two brands and their performance.

Aug 7, 2012, 05:22 AM
The benchmark posted is poor as it doesn't use compressible data. This is where the Samsung is faster. Assuming you don't encrypt your drive the Toshiba will be as fast.