Apple seems to have quietly "upgraded" the stock 256GB SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bugout, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    I got my replacement 3.06 17" MBP today with the stock 256GB SSD. It's still a toshiba, but a different model.

    The old model was:
    Fujis 655-1526A
    Fujis THNS256GE8BCAA

    The new model is:
    Galas 655-1558A

    I didn't save my old xbench run, but I remember it scored about a 150 or so.

    Here's the new one:


    Which is pretty darn close (overall) to the x25-M:


    The X25-M still kicks its ass in some areas.. but that's a pretty big improvement over the old one they used.
  2. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    You are awesome!!!

    What do you mean by replacement? What computer does this one replace? Specs?

    So it seems like Apple is using the new Toshiba drives with the upgraded speeds yes? I don't know how to read that chart.
  3. bugout thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    I had a 2.93 and the screen started flickering.. they just sent me a new one because it was only 2 weeks old.
  4. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Did your old computer have the new firmware on it? I only ask because is it possible that the change in performance is due at least in part to the new EFI update?
  5. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    I was under the impression the 17" uMBPs never had the SATA issue.
  6. bugout thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    You are correct sir.. 17".. no firmware update..
  7. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    Why is the old model "Fujis"? Is that Toshiba? That looks like Fujitsu to me.
  8. bugout thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    Not sure.. I think it was just the naming convention they used. It said toshiba on both of them.
  9. yxiong macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009
    Thanks for pointing out this thread to me. I am glad that I also decided to bite the bullet for the BTO SSD and it turned out not to be a bad investment. But you still end up replacing it with the X-25M?
  10. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    If it says Toshiba I'm positive its Toshiba, lol obviously stating the obvious. In any case, I think Apple is speeding up the SSDs, so finally they are starting to become better to buy from Apple.
  11. T16skyhopp macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    Don't mean to bump an old thread but this is the closest I have found to what's actually in the current GTO MBPs (Been googling casually for 2 days). Anyone know the brand and speed of to the 128gb they offer?

    I'm buying a 17" MBP soon (next week or so, once my student loans clear) as my first mac (I'm new to macs and SDDs!). I'm trying to figure out if the SSD is worth the extra costs. I think 128 would be annoyingly small, but 256 would be fine. But the increase in cost to go to the 256 from the 500gb @72000RPM HDD is $540. Would it be better to downgrade to the 2.8ghz CPU and stay with the SSD. My original plan was to get the 3.06ghz with the 500g HDD (and possibly replace with a SSD later on). The speed of the SSD is tempting though.

    I've been trying to learn and weigh the positives and negatives about SSDs, but I've heard many negatives about the Mac stock SSDs. Being new to this, it is pretty hard to keep track of whats being included in the BTO systems because of the differences in Early-Mid-late 09 models, and Apple not saying what parts they are using.

    Thanks for any help!
  12. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Yes, I would recommend sticking with the 2.8 and going SSD. You'll see bigger performance gains in the SSD vs. the .26 GHz increase. The only positive I can think of buying from :apple: is that the drive is under warranty by them.
  13. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    Or you could not buy the SSD now cause the prices are still could always buy the Intel SSD and replace the HD yourself...

    but in any is not worth buyng the SSD from Apple...even if you buy from newegg..u still get the manufacture warranty..and plus u have the apple hard disk which you can ebay...
  14. sbelnick macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2009
    I also had trouble finding out what kind of drives they were putting in for SSD. See below what they put in mine:

    Results 216.18
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.6.1 (10B504)
    Physical RAM 8192 MB
    Model MacBookPro5,3
    Drive Type APPLE SSD TS256A
    Disk Test 216.18
    Sequential 145.09
    Uncached Write 183.47 112.65 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 168.61 95.40 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 84.06 24.60 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 233.04 117.12 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 423.89
    Uncached Write 270.26 28.61 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 308.17 98.66 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 1488.02 10.54 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 549.71 102.00 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  15. og1 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2008
    my x25-m does about ~240, so your pretty close.

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