Another SSD vs HDD comparo test. [Boot and App Launch Videos]

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MazingerZ, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2007
  2. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    very interesting.

    So slightly faster boot times, and initial launch of an application. (who launches 16 applications at one time? )

    But €1000 difference ? I'll stick with the HDD until the price of SSD has fallen to the €250 barrier (still ridiculously more expensive compared to a 320gb HDD 2.5" drive though), unfortunately this may be some time.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2004
    London, UK
    Nice article. Seemed factual without being loaded with emotion like most reviews seem to be.

    I chose the SSD version and am very happy with it. My company paid for mine though. If I had to pay my own money over I would have gone with the HD version I think. I enjoy the fast file launches, but its a very expensive luxury right now...

  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2008
    from that, I'd like a hybrid HDD/SSD please. Prices of full sized 64GB SSDs are too high, and still too little storage.

    give me a single platter 80GB HDD, plus an 8GB SSD dedicated to being virtual memory. That'd seem to be the ideal combo.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    well i'm glad i got the SSD. i know OS X caches data so re-launching is quick... but the programs one tends to use on the air all the time like Mail, Safari are quick to load anyway. It's nice to have the speed there when you decide to open something else like Pages or Word, or a random spreadsheet.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    HDD vs SDD - QuickBench 4 benchmarking

    Here's the results of tests I ran today using QuickBench 4 from

    Small Random READ 4K - 1024K
    HDD 80G = 9MB/s
    SDD 64G = 35MB/s *

    Small Random WRITE 4K - 1024K
    HDD 80G = 11MB/s
    SDD 64G = 16MB/s *

    Small Sequential READ 4K - 1024K
    HDD 80G = 40MB/s *
    SDD 64G = 35MB/s

    Small Sequential WRITE 4K - 1024K
    HDD 80G = 30MB/s *
    SDD 64G = 18MB/s

    Medium Sustained READ (2MB - 10MB)
    HDD 80G = 39MB/s
    SDD 64G = 50MB/s *

    Medium Sustained WRITE (2MB - 10MB)
    HDD 80G = 41MB/s *
    SDD 64G = 24MB/s

    Large Sustained READ (20MB - 100MB)
    HDD 80G = 35MB/s
    SDD 64G = 51MB/s *

    Large Sustained WRITE (20MB - 100MB)
    HDD 80G = 35MB/s *
    SDD 64G = 29MB/s

    (* means fastest of the two for a given test)

    I posted the graphs and analysis here:

    BOTTOMLINE: The SSD does small random read/write faster than any existing notebook drive. That's why it boots fast, launches fasts, and wakes fast. Haven't tested it but I bet it does Photoshop scratch disk and virtual memory more efficiently as well.

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