Intel x25m G2 Speed - Is mine up to par?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by abnospam, May 21, 2010.

  1. abnospam macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2008
    Hi Everyone -

    Just installed my new Intel 160 GB x25. So far I have to say I am not in the "blown away" category I was expecting to be. Boot time is around 20 seconds, but I expected Word, Entourage, etc to open in one bounce and sometimes I get 2-3 bounces. I can't help but wonder if I did something wrong. I zapped PRAM after the install, I updated the firmware and I see 3 Gbps on the controller. Am I missing something?

    I am also considering running xbench to get my speeds, but am concerned with how much wear it would put on my SSD - should this be a concern?
  2. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    If you're concerned about wear, just stop using the computer. A very simple solution.

    If you poke around a bit, you'll learn that the X-25M G2 with the new firmware takes care of write degradation very nicely. You'll also learn that doing a sequential write operation of a large file will actually help clean it up. Please see the following thread for details

    And do yourself a favor. Just use your computer and don't worry a single bit about write degradation. You'll never notice, seriously. Run xbench, post the results.
  3. abnospam thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2008
    Results	308.97	
    	System Info		
    		Xbench Version		1.3
    		System Version		10.6.3 (10D2094)
    		Physical RAM		4096 MB
    		Model		MacBookPro6,2
    		Drive Type		INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GC
    	Disk Test	308.97	
    		Sequential	200.74	
    			Uncached Write	176.73	108.51 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	167.95	95.02 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	171.98	50.33 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	400.13	201.10 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    		Random	670.40	
    			Uncached Write	763.34	80.81 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	316.04	101.18 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	2294.65	16.26 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	946.43	175.62 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  4. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
  5. burp macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    the random 4K results are pretty impressive!
    does anybody know if it's possible to set up a raid0 on mpb 13''/15''?
    the system i've got now performs decently on win7,
    but working on OS X would be better.

    Random Read 512KB : 367.707 MB/s
    Random Write 512KB : 498.337 MB/s
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 23.608 MB/s [ 5763.6 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 143.170 MB/s [ 34953.5 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 163.246 MB/s [ 39855.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 226.985 MB/s [ 55416.4 IOPS]

    can the OP, or anybody else, run a matlab benchmark with SSD
  6. tmiw macrumors 68000

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    FWIW, last night I reformatted my old MBP in preparation for selling it. Since I had to reinstall OSX on the Intel SSD too, I was able to compare the time it took to run the installer and Software Update on both machines. The old MBP (with 5400rpm hard drive) definitely took much longer to install updates than the new MBP with SSD, but there wasn't much difference in times when installing 10.6.0.

    I've also noticed that Time Machine backups over the network go much faster from the SSD drive--in fact, Activity Monitor showed peaks around 12MB/sec. I wouldn't worry too much. :)
  7. AshStorm macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    I don't have the link handy but if you MROOGLE something along the lines of "SSD TIPS", it should pull up a few tweaks that let you optimize having a SSD in your baby rather than a normal magnetic HD.

    On my SSD, upon powering up from OFF (not sleep), once the screen goes from black to grey, I'm on my desktop within 7-8 seconds.
  8. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    Which SSD do you have, is it the intel?
  9. AshStorm macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    I have the OCZ Vertex (Firmware 1.5).
  10. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
    Could any kind soul please tell me / refer me a link to how I can find out the firmware version of my Intel X-25M G2 SSD and how to upgrade it on a Mac ?

    Thank you.
  11. detz macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
  12. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
    Very, very, very much. I can swear my soul on it. Crazy damn fast. I got spoiled and secretly loathe my friends' hard disks now !
  13. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
  14. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
  15. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

    Oct 19, 2009
    Cedar City, Utah
    From Apple to desktop takes me roughly ... 12-14 seconds.

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