PowerBook G4 SSD Success!!

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  1. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    So today after a few (long) days of waiting, my SSD and IDE Enclosure finally came! I immediately unpacked both of the packages and installed it in my PowerBook. Then, as I began to install Leopard, I had to go out to dinner, so I left the installer to do it's thing. When I got home, it was done! I instantly updated the system and downloaded TenFourFox, still have to install @eyoungren 's tweaks! Performance is great, battery life seems to be greatly improved with my new battery. The RAM should be here on Monday, and the DC-IN board is in the air since the seller still hasn't shipped it. But, the SSD is great! Totally recommend it to anyone who wants to upgrade the hard drive in their PowerBook/iBook and does not want to shell out a ton of money for a high capacity IDE drive. The mSATA SSD was $40 and the adapter was $30 and it allows me to upgrade the SSD whenever I want.
     
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    How are the benchmarks on the new drive and adapter?
     
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    I'll do that right now!
     
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    I would love to see how it works in comparison to my KingSpec SSD.
     
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    You'll love what it does to your Powerbook. Both the A1138 and A1139 that I use regularly have them.

    These drives will nearly saturate the ATA/100 bus in sequential read and write-I've found about a 8mb/s "overhead" loss in the adapters I use. I can generally get a max of about 92 mb/s.

    I have a 12" that I bought with an mSATA already installed, and sequential read/write is around 86mb/s. The person I bought from wrote up a thread a few years back detailing the installation, and that's what he reported when it was first installed.
     
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    What SSD/ adapter do you use?? I'm using a SanDisk SSD and an Aleratec adapter
     
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    I use an MSATA Crucial SSD via IDE adapter in a powerbook G4 667mhz and get about 55mbs on its ATA/66.
     
  9. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    OP,

    could you look into the average ATA throughput in Activity monitor? I have found that synthetic benchmark tools give throughputs (if you have an SSD installed) of 80MB/s for ATA66, which is impossible.
     
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    I installed a SanDisk 120GB SSD in my old iMac G4 last week and so far the performance is great, especially with Tiger. I had Leopard installed and the computer was pretty slow.
     
  12. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    yes, but some benchmark tools will tell you e.g. you have 120MB/s although you have ATA100 only.
     
  13. MacCubed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah mine is a bit worse!!!
    Read Sequential: 383.9 MB/sec
    Write Sequential: 817.5 MB/sec
     
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    You know Apple was great back in 2005 when SSDs bench higher than my 2012 MacBook Pro!
     
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    You sure you didn't accidentally multiply those by 10? Seems ridiculously speedy for an IDE drive...
     
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    I'm pretty sure those speeds are impossible for any IDE drive. That write speed is about what the PCIe SSD in my Retina iMac benchmarks ;)
     
  17. MacCubed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nope, these benchmarks are direct from GeekBench. I think it may just ignore the ATA/100 limitations completely and just go off the drive, but that still does not make sense since the bus can't go over 100 MB/S unless there is something wrong. I'm a bit confused too lol
     
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    I thought geek was a CPU benchmark? With xbench I get a peak of ~90MB/s with my msata ssd in a powerbook.
     
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