15" 2.66ghz MBP with Kingston SSDNow V+ 256gb SSD... before and after

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by coast1ja, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. coast1ja macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    I just installed the 256gb Kingston SSDNow V+ solid state drive in a 15" 2.66ghz 4gb uMBP. Overall speed is quite noticeably snappier. Cold boot takes 14 seconds from the tone. Please note that both Xbench readings were taken after a clean install of OSX 10.5. I would highly suggest this upgrade if you can find a drive for a good price.

    Here are the benchmarks with the stock 320gb HDD:

    Results 141.60
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.5.7 (9J3032)
    Physical RAM 4096 MB
    Model MacBookPro5,3
    Drive Type Hitachi HTS545032B9SA02
    CPU Test 178.04
    GCD Loop 309.72 16.33 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 151.61 3.60 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 122.41 4.04 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 223.56 38.93 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 295.88
    Computation 349.09 7.07 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 256.75 11.05 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 187.53
    System 225.78
    Allocate 337.43 1.24 Malloc/sec
    Fill 187.16 9100.24 MB/sec
    Copy 200.77 4146.77 MB/sec
    Stream 160.36
    Copy 154.05 3181.87 MB/sec
    Scale 150.06 3100.15 MB/sec
    Add 170.38 3629.47 MB/sec
    Triad 168.96 3614.48 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 207.67
    Line 179.32 11.94 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 252.72 75.45 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 209.72 17.09 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 203.90 5.14 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 205.32 12.84 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 165.24
    Spinning Squares 165.24 209.62 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 338.34
    Elements 338.34 1.55 Krefresh/sec
    Disk Test 46.99
    Sequential 85.01
    Uncached Write 119.19 73.18 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 73.04 41.33 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 57.75 16.90 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 130.64 65.66 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 32.47
    Uncached Write 11.66 1.23 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 73.97 23.68 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 65.37 0.46 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 115.88 21.50 MB/sec [256K blocks]


    ...and here are the results with the SSD:

    Results 216.31
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.5.7 (9J3032)
    Physical RAM 4096 MB
    Model MacBookPro5,3
    Drive Type Kingston SSDNow 256GB
    CPU Test 180.09
    GCD Loop 310.11 16.35 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 150.27 3.57 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 127.51 4.21 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 222.75 38.79 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 333.75
    Computation 375.03 7.60 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 300.65 12.93 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 188.18
    System 224.43
    Allocate 326.73 1.20 Malloc/sec
    Fill 186.93 9088.98 MB/sec
    Copy 201.75 4167.00 MB/sec
    Stream 162.00
    Copy 154.62 3193.61 MB/sec
    Scale 153.81 3177.73 MB/sec
    Add 170.86 3639.64 MB/sec
    Triad 170.38 3644.91 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 207.95
    Line 178.24 11.87 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 257.98 77.02 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 210.85 17.19 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 204.38 5.15 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 203.16 12.71 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 167.43
    Spinning Squares 167.43 212.40 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 333.33
    Elements 333.33 1.53 Krefresh/sec
    Disk Test 212.01
    Sequential 168.18
    Uncached Write 281.79 173.01 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 211.58 119.71 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 81.69 23.91 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 306.13 153.86 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 286.74
    Uncached Write 118.75 12.57 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 330.88 105.93 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 1329.46 9.42 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 570.08 105.78 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  2. KoolStar macrumors demi-god


    Oct 16, 2006
    Solid State Drives almost always improve performance. Congrats on the upgrade.
  3. coast1ja thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    Yeah, I just wasn't sure how much this drive would improve on the stock 320gb. Kingston is the 'value' brand for SSDs... but this drive has the same controller as the OCZ Vertex and Corsair SSDs.
  4. KoolStar macrumors demi-god


    Oct 16, 2006
  5. coast1ja thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    I bought it for $500 off of Craigslist. It was brand new.
  6. KoolStar macrumors demi-god


    Oct 16, 2006
  7. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I'd be interested in seeing it under Snow Leopard.
  8. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    I can't wait to grab a 80GB Intel SSD for my MBP.

    Once they drop down towards the $200 range I'll grab one. Newegg already had them up for $220 for the first 2-3 days they put them up then after that they went out of stock and jumped up to the $280 they are now.
  9. rwd hero macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I would love to get a SSD, but 256 gigs is nowhere near enough space for me. I don't understand how you guys can put up with such a small HD. I have almost 100 gigs just in movies. And I use my cd drive on just about a daily basis.
  10. ForthRightAfter macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2008
    thats actually my same issue i would buy a ssd were the capacity higher than what its at now 250 is nowhere near what i need also.
  11. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Kingston doesn't produce a drive with an Indilinx Barefoot controller.
  12. applebook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    I'm waiting for the 80gig Intel to drop below $200 as well, or the 60gig OCZs to hit $150 (CDN).

    SSD rules.
  13. rwd hero macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You can really get away with only having an 80 gig HD? Do you cary a removable HD everywhere you go?
  14. applebook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    No, but I would replace the optical drive with my current 400Gb. I need only 60Gb for the OS and apps. I might even be able to make do with 32Gb. :eek:
  15. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    I'm quite the opposite, I don't understand why you all need such a large HD! That is unless its your only computer. I don't need to carry my whole library of movies and music on my MBP
  16. BobK macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    MBP with Intel SSD

    Just posting my results with new SSD. My MBP is a mid 2008 17" with the OEM drive a Hitachi 200mb 7200 rpm drive. I replaced it today with an Intel x-25 160mb SSD. My system came with 10.5 and now has 10.6.2 SL loaded over it. So not a clean install.
    Cold start from button push to fully loaded was 51.5, now 24.9 seconds.
    Load Photoshop CS4 was 12.6, now is 4.5 seconds.
    I don't know which brand is the best, but this Intel sure works well.
    Installation was easy. It fit perfect. My only change that I am confused about is that iStat shows the HD temp as "0". Does anyone know if the OEM drives have a temp sensor and the SSD drives do not? I did not see any external temp sensor like they talk about in the iMac threads.
  17. coast1ja thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    Congrats! Yes, those intel drives are very fast!

    I don't think the stock drives had a temp sensor either. My SSD doesn't either. I never thought just replacing the hard drive with an SSD would improve performance that much until I actually saw one in action! Hopefully prices will fall soon and we'll never have to work with slow spinning disks ever again.
  18. BobK macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    No more record players.

    Thanks for starting the thread. I sometimes use my MBP tethered to a Nikon camera. I am hoping that the SSD gives me more protection against sudden moderate accidents. Meanwhile I continue to be amazed over the speed improvement of a SSD. I agree that it is time to give up the "record players".
  19. rwd hero macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Yea my MBP is my only computer. For $1700, you really shouldn't need another computer.
  20. coast1ja thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    I also think 256gb is more than enough... but I don't keep music or movies on my laptop. I do all that on my home theater PC. When on my laptop I just do work (office stuff and data analysis) and browse the web.

    I only did this upgrade for the resale value increase. I love my MacBook Air, and have only used about 30gb of space on that. I have found that buying and selling mac laptops can be a nice little income while in graduate school!
    I thought some folks on here might enjoy the results.
  21. UnclePaulie macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    LA, CA
    SSDNow V+ Upgrade

    Is your Kingston SSDNow V+ the one with the Samsung controller, or the Toshiba controller? I just purchased the V+ 128 GB model, only to find out afterwards that they had switched manufacturers on the V+ line. Here's my XBench results on a Aluminum Macbook 2.4. Forgot to run benchmarks before swapping the hard drives.

    Results 174.13
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.6.2 (10C540)
    Physical RAM 2048 MB
    Model MacBook5,1
    Drive Type KINGSTON SNV325S2
    CPU Test 168.76
    GCD Loop 280.42 14.78 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 134.81 3.20 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 111.23 3.67 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 268.22 46.70 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 233.95
    Computation 312.74 6.34 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 186.86 8.04 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 180.26
    System 218.28
    Allocate 302.56 1.11 Malloc/sec
    Fill 177.04 8608.17 MB/sec
    Copy 208.77 4311.96 MB/sec
    Stream 153.52
    Copy 147.27 3041.83 MB/sec
    Scale 146.43 3025.17 MB/sec
    Add 161.15 3432.74 MB/sec
    Triad 160.52 3433.97 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 186.04
    Line 164.27 10.94 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 210.85 62.95 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 181.36 14.78 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 189.77 4.79 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 190.06 11.89 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 85.77
    Spinning Squares 85.77 108.80 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 261.10
    Elements 261.10 1.20 Krefresh/sec
    Disk Test 278.79
    Sequential 198.63
    Uncached Write 268.84 165.07 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 296.07 167.52 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 96.19 28.15 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 378.19 190.08 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 467.40
    Uncached Write 262.00 27.74 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 406.80 130.23 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 1298.78 9.20 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 660.91 122.64 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  22. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    External drive?

    Do you use those 100 GB of movies every day? If not, then you're wasting space on your internal drive. Do you use your optical drive while you're on the go? If not, then an external drive will work just fine. If you get a firewire one you can still boot from it.
  23. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'd love to throw and SSD in in my uMBP. However, my Music folder alone is 175GB's of mp3/aac files...

    I guess I could make 256 work, but I need the price to drop for me to justify the cost/benefit.
  24. UnclePaulie macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    LA, CA
    I downgraded my 250 GB hard drive to the 128GB SSD benchmarked above. I still have 57 GB free. I keep about 30 gigs of music and 20 gigs of photos on my hard drive, that's about it. All videos, old photos, etc all get stored on my Time Capsule. I use Mobile Me to access the Time Capsule from outside in case I'm missing something and away from home.
  25. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    you can easily remove the optical drive and replace it with a hard drive.

    i have a 160 GB intel G2 and a 640 scorpio blue plus my stock 320 GB hdd in an external enclosure.

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