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Old Mar 31, 2011, 11:50 AM   #76
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Pullled the trigger

Ugh. I broke down and paid the early adopter tax on the 300GB 320 from Beach Audio on Amazon - $598.82 About $70 more than the msrp.

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Old Mar 31, 2011, 12:41 PM   #77
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I got an e-mail from Amazon that my 160GB 320 should arrive April 13-22.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 12:43 PM   #78
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I've been doing some thinking. Depending on whether the new Sandforce drives have the same SATA-III issues we've seen reported before, I might just get an Intel 320 and be done with it. So far, even those users who got a SATA-III drive to work in the new MBPs haven't reported blazing speeds. They're all in stock here in Switzerland except the 600 GB, by the way.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 12:48 PM   #79
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I got an e-mail from Amazon that my 160GB 320 should arrive April 13-22.
Was it listed as "In Stock" when you ordered? My delivery is estimated for April 4-7. If it wasn't in stock then I never would have paid the extra money over the msrp.

I have a 2009 MBP and don't intend to buy a new Sata III computer any time soon so I am quite content with the 320.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 12:49 PM   #80
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Was it listed as "In Stock" when you ordered? My delivery is estimated for April 4-7. If it wasn't in stock then I never would have paid the extra money over the msrp.

I have a 2009 MBP and don't intend to buy a new Sata III computer any time soon so I am quite content with the 320.
No, I thought I caught it early but it was out of stock.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 01:05 PM   #81
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No, I thought I caught it early but it was out of stock.
Normally I buy through Newegg, but they haven't had the 320 300GB in stock. I don't have much experience with the variety of online sellers who use Amazon as their storefront. I hope the order goes well.
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 08:22 AM   #82
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Allright, I just installed my 120gb 320 in my 2011 15" mbp.
Very straight forward, just carbon copied the original disk and the switched, everything worked right away. Just a bit of a hassle with the flower screws on the HDD..
What kind a benchmark tool should I run?
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 08:25 AM   #83
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Normally I buy through Newegg, but they haven't had the 320 300GB in stock. I don't have much experience with the variety of online sellers who use Amazon as their storefront. I hope the order goes well.
I rarely use the Amazon sellers, just straight up Amazon.
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 10:27 AM   #84
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What kind a benchmark tool should I run?
http://www.xbench.com/

XBench is the most popular around here. Be sure to post up your results.
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 01:25 PM   #85
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hey guys, is there enough speed boost here to justify an upgrade over an X-25 G2?
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 02:54 PM   #86
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hey guys, is there enough speed boost here to justify an upgrade over an X-25 G2?
I would say no. See this Anandtech test and note the results in the screen cap here. Anand says this test is the best representative of everyday usage.

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Old Apr 1, 2011, 03:03 PM   #87
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Yey, it seems to have better read IOPS performance than 120GB Vertex 3.
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 03:17 PM   #88
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Xbench: Intel 320 SSD, 300GB

Xbench - MBP 2011, 17" and Intel 320 SSD 300GB
Bought it here: http://www.proshop.dk/showproduct.aspx?prodid=417071 (720 USD )

Results 442.35
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.6.7 (10J3250)
Physical RAM 8192 MB
Model MacBookPro8,3
Drive Type INTEL SSDSA2CW300G3
CPU Test 250.33
GCD Loop 334.91 17.65 Mops/sec
Floating Point Basic 220.53 5.24 Gflop/sec
vecLib FFT 158.73 5.24 Gflop/sec
Floating Point Library 463.26 80.67 Mops/sec
Thread Test 931.70
Computation 865.08 17.53 Mops/sec, 4 threads
Lock Contention 1009.43 43.43 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
Memory Test 583.43
System 589.56
Allocate 762.17 2.80 Malloc/sec
Fill 430.54 20934.03 MB/sec
Copy 687.82 14206.62 MB/sec
Stream 577.44
Copy 566.88 11708.78 MB/sec
Scale 548.84 11338.83 MB/sec
Add 609.47 12982.95 MB/sec
Triad 588.12 12581.34 MB/sec
Quartz Graphics Test 343.74
Line 298.43 19.87 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
Rectangle 391.32 116.83 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
Circle 326.62 26.62 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
Bezier 338.55 8.54 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
Text 381.07 23.84 Kchars/sec
OpenGL Graphics Test 647.55
Spinning Squares 647.55 821.46 frames/sec
User Interface Test 519.42
Elements 519.42 2.38 Krefresh/sec
Disk Test 361.31
Sequential 240.98
Uncached Write 360.59 221.40 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 310.57 175.72 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 122.04 35.72 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 414.57 208.36 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 721.67
Uncached Write 510.22 54.01 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 566.92 181.49 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 2027.90 14.37 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 754.30 139.97 MB/sec [256K blocks]
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 04:12 PM   #89
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Disk Test 361.31
Sequential 240.98
Uncached Write 360.59 221.40 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 310.57 175.72 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 122.04 35.72 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 414.57 208.36 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 721.67
Uncached Write 510.22 54.01 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 566.92 181.49 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 2027.90 14.37 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 754.30 139.97 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Interesting, I just enabled TRIM on my 2011 MBP with the OWC SSD and my Xbench scores are a little lower for write (probably because the OS is now involved with TRIM) but overall the system is faster.

What's interesting is while the Intel 320 is better in sequential, the sandforce in my OWC is better at random IO. I used to get a total score in Xbench for disk in the 340 range. So it's not much faster.

Disk Test 309.84
Sequential 184.14
Uncached Write 273.36 167.84 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 295.21 167.03 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 83.53 24.44 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 369.62 185.77 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 976.33
Uncached Write 1483.08 157.00 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 482.75 154.55 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 3037.30 21.52 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 978.48 181.56 MB/sec [256K blocks]

Edit: Would be interesting to see what your scores are if you enable TRIM.
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 04:33 PM   #90
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 04:39 PM   #91
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Just ordered a 300gb from amazon. Hope it doesn't take 2 months..
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 05:13 PM   #92
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Disk Test 361.31
Sequential 240.98
Uncached Write 360.59 221.40 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 310.57 175.72 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 122.04 35.72 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 414.57 208.36 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 721.67
Uncached Write 510.22 54.01 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 566.92 181.49 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 2027.90 14.37 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 754.30 139.97 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Odd, I've got a 2010 15" with an X25-M G2 160GB drive. I get better speeds on the Random side (for the most part):

Results 309.62
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.6.7 (10J869)
Physical RAM 8192 MB
Model MacBookPro6,2
Drive Type INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GC
Disk Test 309.62
Sequential 200.26
Uncached Write 174.95 107.41 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 173.29 98.04 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 165.97 48.57 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 406.21 204.16 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 682.10
Uncached Write 786.85 83.30 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 319.89 102.41 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 2309.93 16.37 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 966.76 179.39 MB/sec [256K blocks]

Seems kind of odd. I'll have to go back and look at Anand's benchmarks again.
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Old Apr 2, 2011, 07:27 AM   #93
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Old Apr 2, 2011, 04:44 PM   #95
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Received my 120GB Intel 320 SSD yesterday from Newegg (ordered as soon it as showed up on their site). Just finished the install today (it's going to be a boot drive in an MCE Optibay...had an OCZ Vertex 2 and was not happy with it at all) and am currently cloning over my boot drive. No problems or issues yet. Will report back with benchmarks, etc!
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Okay, the clone has finished. Booted up from the SSD and ran XBench. Screenshot of the results and System Profiler screenshot are attached! Working very nicely so far, I'm going to continue testing it now and consider enabling TRIM.
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Old Apr 2, 2011, 06:26 PM   #97
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So theres absolutely no compatibility issues with this drive? (sleep, hibernation, etc?)

Im ready to buy but want to be sure this is the best choice! I dont have a 2011 mac pro so SATA III drives arent on my radar.

So the 3 drives Ive narrowed it down to are this one, the C300 and the F120. But from what I can tell the C300 and F120 have the sleep/wake issue (as they sandforce drives?)

argh...so confusing!
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I am preparing to get the intel 325 ssd bundle from maxupgrades. Let's see how everything goes! Till now, the person at maxupgrades seem to be pretty nice and helpful=)
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So theres absolutely no compatibility issues with this drive? (sleep, hibernation, etc?)
I have disabled hibernation on my mac (following this guide) so that I don't have my 8GB of RAM being written to my SSD and wasting 8GB of space. I have not yet tried sleeping with the 320 series drive I just installed, but I expect it to work fine as it did with my OCZ Vertex 2. Unless you let your Mac sleep for long periods of time unplugged or drain the battery to near zero and don't shut down, there's little to lose by disabling hibernation.

I have noticed that this Intel drive has been working flawlessly so far, where as the Vertex 2 would occasionally cause the grey screen before the Apple logo on boot to last for 10 seconds or so.

If I discover any problems, I will report back here.
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I have disabled hibernation on my mac (following this guide) so that I don't have my 8GB of RAM being written to my SSD and wasting 8GB of space. I have not yet tried sleeping with the 320 series drive I just installed, but I expect it to work fine as it did with my OCZ Vertex 2. Unless you let your Mac sleep for long periods of time unplugged or drain the battery to near zero and don't shut down, there's little to lose by disabling hibernation.

I have noticed that this Intel drive has been working flawlessly so far, where as the Vertex 2 would occasionally cause the grey screen before the Apple logo on boot to last for 10 seconds or so.

If I discover any problems, I will report back here.

Great, thanks.

Whats your boot time now from cold?

I have exactly the same spec mac as yours, except ill be using my 1TB alongside the intel SSD.
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