Is this as fast as SSD (Solid State Disk) drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by b348xyx, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. b348xyx macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008

    i need to know if this Transcend - 32 GB ExpressCard/34 Solid State Disk is as fast as having a build in SSD drive....

    i have a 500GB hardrive in my macbook pro atm... slow 5400rpm for disk space.... but i am think of getting this 32gb SSD for the expresscard slot for loading couple games.... for faster loading speeds


  2. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    No express card slot isn't anywhere near the speed of a SATA connection inside your computer. And that particular drive is probably marginally faster than a USB thumb drive.
  3. b348xyx thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
    so do you think... it will be alot faster then my 5400rpm drive for read speeds ??

    cheers karl
  4. b348xyx thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
  5. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    that SSD connects to the "usb part" of the express card slot the official speeds are:
    Read up to 18MB/s, Write up to 8MB/s
    which is ~ usb sticks (my contour usb thumbdrive claims 22mb/s and 15mb/s if I am not mistaken)
    also my 5400rpm HDD can do 43MB/s (more than twice the SSD)
    conclusion that SDD is ****, if you can cancel the order I'd rush and do that.
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Check how it uses the ExpressCard. If you want something approaching a built-in SATA drive, it will need to use the slot in PCIe x1 mode, not USB mode.

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