2012 MBA: Samsung vs Toshiba SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ducatiti, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. ducatiti macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2011
    Pardon me if I missed the existing thread discussing this.

    Is it true that the Samsung SSD is considerably faster than the Toshiba, or about the same?

    I recall reading the Toshiba is at mid 200's via BlackMagic test vs the Samsung at mid 400's.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    My 2012 MBA with Toshiba TS128E got about 260 write 420 read. My current 2012 MBA with the SM256E SSD gets about 390 write 450 read.

    So the Samsung is a little bit faster, but not dramatically faster. It's doubtful you will notice a difference.
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Samsung will be better due to the controller and the garbage collection algorithm in it. Initially performance will be the same, but as time progresses you will start seeing the difference in write cycles.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Give this Anandtech test a read. They are about the same. Toshiba ahead in some tests, Samsung in others.

    The only time the Samsung would be favored is if you plan to run Filevault2. Due to the way the Sandforce controller in the Toshiba handles incompressible data, it makes it slower than the Samsung with incompressible data. (Enabling FV2 essentially makes all your data incompressible.)


    You have a source for this?

    I have not seen any data that either controller is better over time. Also, both drives have native TRIM support from OS X, so write speed deterioration over time is not going to happen,

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