MacBook Air's PCIe-Based Flash Storage Approaches 800 MB/s Read and Write

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    Aside from the "all-day" battery life that comes alongside the upgrade to Intel's Haswell processors in the new MacBook Air, one of the other major improvements is the adoption of PCIe-based flash storage for much faster performance. The new PCIe flash will also be coming to Apple's radically redesigned Mac Pro later this year, and undoubtedly other Macs as well.
    AnandTech has taken a closer look at flash storage performance and other benchmarks in the new MacBook Air, finding that read/write speeds are approaching 800 MB/s.
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    Beyond battery life and flash storage enhancements and the shift to Haswell, Apple's new MacBook Air brings several other enhancements as well, including faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and dual microphones for reducing background noise.

    Article Link: MacBook Air's PCIe-Based Flash Storage Approaches 800 MB/s Read and Write
     
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    Add to the power savings: No more need for a SATA controller!

    Too bad they're probably just using a stock Intel northbridge that includes it anyway.
     
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    I'm really trying to convince myself that I don't need this upgrade from my 2012 MacBook but the battery life and now this!
     
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    That's pretty fast. The 2014-15 Airs will be faster than the unupgradable 2013 Mac pros lol.
     
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    Compressed or uncompressed data?

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    That's just incredible. I'm jealous now.
     
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    Woosh.

    That's the sound of a joke going right over your head.
     
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    Not as fast as I expected but still alright.
     
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    Is there a chance the flash module is the same form factor as the upcoming Mac Pro?

    1.25 gigs per second > 800 megs per second

    Not to mention that it might not be hard to beat a dual core cpu at 1.3 Ghz.
     
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    That is SMOKIN' fast. Wow.
     
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    Damn that's fast. Almost makes me want to switch from my rMBP to the air... but there is no way that I could work on such a small screen for hours on end...
     
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    Surely these speeds are coming to the Haswell RMBP as well. And I thought 450 was impressive :eek:.
     
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    No pun intended

    MacBook Air - like the wind :cool:
     
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    I disagree with complaints out there that the MBA upgrades were optimized primarily for battery life, and not performance. As an example, the clock speeds were lowered to further extend battery life - keeping Geekbench performance roughly on par with last year's machines rather than providing the standard 20% improvement.

    For one thing, this new Flash architecture isn't something to sneeze at.

    But more importantly, I bet you anything the rMBP's are where they will look more to performance. Which only makes sense, as it would continue differentiating the two lines.

    And if that's the case, going all-in for battery life is the right decision for their consumer-grade notebooks.

    As an aside - 9to5mac anecdotally reports double the battery life on a 2008 MBP running Mavericks. Imagine combining those OS gains with the new Haswell machines!!!
     
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    Now THIS is a good trade-off for lack of accessibility. While the Macs in general are getting less and less accessible, doing awesome things like this (where you wouldn't be able to swap out the flash chips anyway) is A-Okay with me.
     
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    SATA Express for everyone next year on the Intel 9 Series. I'd still want to see this new Macbook Air opened up.
     
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    The Air line is really gone a long ways since the original revision-A Air.
     
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    I already lost that battle and ordered a new one :)
     
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    Lol... I know right!? I feel the same lol. I have a 2012 rMBP and I think I will def upgrade. Damn you Apple!

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    this is like an ssd to my current ssd....yikes
     
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    lol "Alright". some people can not be pleased.
     
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    Me too, just put my 2012 model 11" MBA up for sale, planning to upgrade my gen 1 Airport Extreme Base Station at the same time, hoping to see some improvement in connection speeds on home network too. Now, when this thing goes retina, what a fab machine it'll be (even more than it is already!). Love my MBA, will love the new one even more! :)
     
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    This will be great for the new rMBPs this fall.
     
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