Is Internal SSD Faster than an external Thunderbolt SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EricBrian, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. EricBrian macrumors 6502a

    EricBrian

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    I was wondering, since I don't know the internal speed of my MBP, what would be faster.... Internal SSD or external Thunderbolt SSD?

    Thanks
    Eric
     
  2. BanterClaus macrumors regular

    BanterClaus

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    Somebodies going to probably instantly disprove me here but:

    Internally it will be limited to 6 Gbit/s as it uses SATA3.

    Externally, through Thunderbolt, it should be able to go up to 10 Gbit/s.

    I'm not sure if it actually works like this though.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Usually internal is faster BUT like you mentioned, the threshold of TB exceeds the sata interface

    I would imagine it being quite similar in performance but I have yet to try it personally
     
  4. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Should be about the same speed -- if the thunderbolt drive has a SATA3 controller built in (instead of Sata2).

    If the thunderbolt SSD happens to be one of those PCIe SSDs, then it could be faster.
     

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