Benchmarks aside, is the 2013 MBA 256 GB SSD speed noticeable over the 128 GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dmk1974, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I have seen some BlackMagic benchmarks that show the 256 GB version being quite a bit faster than the base 128 GB version. But is it really noticeable? When comparing the two versions, obviously one has double the space, but is there a perceptible speed difference as well? Thanks!
  2. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I would think the difference would be most noticeable when copying large files to the SSD. I have certainly noticed the difference from my 11” 2010 MBA with 128 SSD, but I do copy a lot of large files to and from my 2013 Air’s 512 SSD.
  3. ayres macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    sorry, I can't answer your question... but here's another question to consider. yes, the write time is different and may be noticeable with very large files. but given the small ssd size of 128 or 256, how large of a file(s) are you actually going to be copying to and for on a regular basis? it seems to me that if huge files are your business to begin with, you wouldn't have the air. and in reality, small file sizes vastly outnumber large ones in the computer's daily, regular tasks. so these read/writes are the preoccupation of benchmarkers and pixel peepers.
  4. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    that's an excellent point.
  5. Dessureault macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Shawinigan QC
    you won't notice any difference between the 128 and the 256 under "normal" usage (at least I haven't noticed any between my 2012 128 and my 2013 256). You will only see the difference when copying large files.

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