SSD performance question on current 2012 Mac Mini

miatadan

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Apr 23, 2006
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I have seen that Blackmagic design scores with 256gb ssd option to be average of 193mb write and 430mb read compared to late Macbook Air using PCIe ssd of 690 write and 720 mb read.

In day to day use of your computer, can you tell the difference of speed between hd ssd speeds of 430mb and 720mb ?

All macs can be ordered with PCIe ssd except the Mac Mini

Dan
 

Hellhammer

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If you put them side by side, then you could see some difference in certain tasks (like booting and opening big apps) but it's nowhere near the SSD vs HD difference. So technically yes but in most cases it would be negligible.
 

Wahlstrm

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Raid0

You can put 2 SSDs as a Raid0 in the mini and achieve about the same speed as the PCIe SSDs.
 

miatadan

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If you put them side by side, then you could see some difference in certain tasks (like booting and opening big apps) but it's nowhere near the SSD vs HD difference. So technically yes but in most cases it would be negligible.
I been using intel ssd's on computer I built myself 3 years ago and could never go back to regular hd again. Guessing speed difference between sata3 ssd and PCIe ssd be same as speed difference I saw between my intel X-25V series ssd ( sata 2 ) and intel 520 series (sata 3 ) I seen in my computer - only change being the different generation intel ssd....

What I dislike about current mac laptops is ram is soldered in and battery glued into place or I would just order Macbook Air with 8gb ram, connect my Asus PB278 27" using mini displayport to display port cable. I ordered the Matias laptop pro bluetooth keyboard as do not like the current bluetooth keyboard at home as my pc keyboad is the Corsair K70.

Dan
 

COrocket

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If you did a DIY install of a Samsung 840 Pro you could get around 480 Read and 520 Write. The newest SSD's are slightly quicker than the 830's that ship from the factory if you do a BTO mini. That could take care of some of the difference.

SSD's also feel much "snappier" because they have much faster access/latency times than HDD's, regardless of whether they are connected via PCIe or SATA. For day to day use a SATAIII SSD is fine for most people.
 
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