2011 MBA Upgrade: Fastest SSD available?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by J.C, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. J.C macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2008
    I have an 11" i7 MBA arriving sometime in the next few days.

    It's a long story, but I have the opportunity to upgrade it to a faster SSD at no cost at all to me.

    I know very little about SSDs; is there anything faster on the market that would make an upgrade worthwhile? What kind of speed increase would I be looking at? What specs do I need to keep in mind when looking for something suitable?

    Drive capacity isn't too important to me in this instance. 128GB is more than enough as I keep all my files on a Mac Pro. It's a performance increase that would make the upgrade worthwhile.

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    MBAs use special mSATA SSDs and only OWC sells them. To be honest, it's unlikely that you will notice much, if any, difference at all. I wouldn't do it.
  3. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    Going from the slower Toshiba SSD to my OWC SSD hasn't been noticeable in performance at all. Maybe large file moving but that would really be about it. The only reason to upgrade one of these drives is for capacity.
  4. J.C thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2008
    Thanks for the fast replies! It sounds like I don't really have anything to gain by changing the SSD.

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