MacBook Pro 2011 BTO 512GB SSD Speed Test Result Almost 200MB/s in read and write

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  1. Kosimo macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I've got a new MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge i7 2.3Ghz and I added the genuine BTO SSD 512GB available in the Apple Store.

    This is the information about the drive:



    And this the speed test result


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    How good/bad is it compared to other solutions out there?


    Thank you
     
  2. endless17 macrumors member

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    that looks adequate for a SATA II drive. it's hard to say you'd see any real-world performance difference between that and a Sandforce-based product.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Some drives can achieve up to 285MB/s but honestly, you won't notice much, if any, difference between 200MB/s and 250MB/s sequential speeds in normal usage.
     
  4. Kosimo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you guys for the answer.

    I just wonder why the negotiated speed is locked in 3gbps instead of 6gbps. And regarding the speed I can say that this is the first SSD I ever had, and the performance boost compared to a traditional HDD is just amazing.

    Thing is that this drive costed me another extra 1.100 Euros, and I see so many other products like the Micron Real SSD C400 that costs WAY less and technically can reach speeds over 415MB/s... So I am thinking about if is worth it to return the computer, get another with the 750GB HDD, and then buy the Crucial Real SSD C400, save money and have a better drive.


    http://www.superbiiz.com/query.php?categry=0&s=realssd+c400

    What you think?
     
  5. endless17 macrumors member

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    It's 3gbps because your drive is SATA II, not III. whether the drive negotiates at 3gbps or 6gbps is irrelevant since the drive isn't capable of maxing out SATA II's theoretical max.

    Personally, I wouldn't have paid that much for an SSD since I'm comfortable with holding my media files on a portable USB drive. Right now, Apple-branded SSDs are the only drives that support TRIM. They may not be the fastest, but it'll be the most supported by Apple at this time.

    My current system utilizes a 90GB Vertex 2 that's augmented by a 500GB USB 2 drive on the road, and a 1TB Firewire 800 drive at home. I have zero complaints, and have only used up 25GB of storage on the SSD even after installing the CS5 suite and Office 2011.
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    only the brand new ssds that are just coming out now are sata III. The drive apple uses seems to be the same as last gen's mbp, so it only uses sata II. Still a fast drive though.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you are ready to swap the drive on your own, then go for it. You will save a lot and have a spare 750GB HD as well.
     
  8. Kosimo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am a bit concern about compatibility, (as you mention TRIM is supported in my drive) in fact compatibility was the reason why I preferred an Apple Branded SSD. The Snow Leopard build that comes with this new MacBooks is different than any other 10.6.6. In fact is the 10J3210 which added support for Sandy Bridge and TRIM. Would be interesting to see if some of this new SSD drivers plugged into a new MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge with this new build has TRIM support enabled.
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    In current build of Lion, the TRIM support is limited to Apple drives. Same thing with this special build of SL I think.
     

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