Do the 2013 MBA and Late 2013 rMBP 13 share the same SSD?

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  1. SSD-GUY, Jan 15, 2014
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    SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to upgrade my SSD. I have a 256 at the moment and want to get a 512 drive off ebay, my question is, some of the ads on ebay state the SSD will fit the 2013 MBA as well as the 2013 rMBP? Now is this the late 13' 2013 rMBP or the early 2013?

    Are there any speed differences etc as I know the late 2013 rMBP 13's have really good SSD speeds?

    This is one of the ads for example - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-SSD-Sol...Macbook-Air-/121245416885?hash=item1c3aca3db5

    He's even claiming that this will work with the iMac, mac pro etc

    Thanks
     
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    Only the 1TB SSDs are significantly faster in the rMBPs (the 1TB ones have 4-lane PCIe, all other capacities have 2-lane PCIe).

    In the 1TB SSD of my rMBP (15"), I got around 900MB/s-1.2GB/s.
     
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    Yes, new Late 2013 MacBook Pro, 2013 iMac, 2013 Mac Pro, and the 2013 MacBook Air all the use same SSD.

    The Early 2013 MacBook Pro is use an older proprietary format that isn't compatible with any other Mac.
     
  4. SSD-GUY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your replies.

    So there are absolutley no differences whatsoever?

    For instance, if I were to buy a 512 MBA 13' 2013 and 512 rMBP 13" Late 2013, would the SSD drives in them be exactly the same or are there still minor speed differences etc?
     
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Apple uses different manufacturers for the drives, if that is what you mean. They tend to show some speed differences.
     
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    The drive I plan to purchase is a Samsung 512gb SSD. Is this ok?
     
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    No idea, since you dont write the model name.
     
  8. SSD-GUY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've attached a picture. Thanks
     

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    If you compare the PCIe SSDs shown in the iFixit tear downs of the MBA and rMBP 13" 2013 models you'll see they are exactly the same. Both even have the same part number (the SanDisk controller part number is clearly shown on both).

    I've also seen 1 TB PCIe SSDs for sale on EBay recently, so theoretically you could even upgrade your MBA beyond what's available in the Apple Store. But of course they're quite expensive...

    EDIT: According to the photos provided by g4cube it looks like the 1TB Flash Drive is too wide for the MacBook Airs.
     
  11. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    the 655-1805A part number that is visible indicates it is an Apple part.

    Note well, though similar, the M.2 parts that have appeared on ebay do not have the same connector pattern and keying as the parts used in Apple's Air, MBPr, or nMP.

    May want to take a look at the edge connector end which was not in your photo.
     
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    Please find attached. Will this work in a rMBP 13 late 2013? And should I be getting the same speeds as a people who get the 512 when built from factory?
     

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  13. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    This looks to be the right one, so you should get the same performance.

    Where did you find this?
     
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    Minor differences are related to different manufacturers of the same capacity. The exceptions are the 1TB drive is faster and the 128GB drive is significantly slower.
     
  15. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    These photos show a big difference between the 512GB and 1TB versions of the SSD; the wider one is the 1TB.

    These photos are from ebay, from a seller offering original Apple parts. The Mac Pro has plenty of room, so no problem. Not so sure about the Macbook Air or Macbook Pro Retina. Will have to study those MacFixit photos...
     

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    Have you got more pics of the 512 model? Like the other side? Thanks.
     
  17. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    Here you go:
     

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  18. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

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    Is this a limitation in the Samsung SSD itself, or in the connection to the rMBP?

    In other words, if I pulled my 512g out of my rMBP and used my 4 lane pcie adapter in my cMP, would I only connect at 2 lanes because of the drive?

    Thanks
     
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    It's the drive itself.

    If you put an nMP's 256/512GB SSD in a late-2013/mid-2014 rMBP, you would get 4-lane speeds.

    And rMBPs with 1TB SSDs also get 4-lane speeds.
     

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