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Stock 2015/2017 Air SSD vs Alternatives

bobcat3000

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I lucked out by buying a 256GB refurb and getting a 512GB model :)

My original plan was to swap out the SSD with a 512-1024GB Adata or Samsung SSD, however now I'm wondering if the stock SSD will be perfectly fine.

Does anyone happen to know if any of the alternatives are that much faster? I guess I'm not that motivated to swap if I'd only see a small performance bump.
 

Audit13

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I would not swap the SSD until you really need space.

Running a nvme drive will cause higher battery drain with the Samsung nvme causing higher drain than the Adate sx8200 nvme
 
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Macdctr

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I would not swap the SSD until you really need space.

Running a nvme drive will cause higher battery drain with the Samsung nvme causing higher drain than the Adate sx8200 nvme

I would agree wholehartedly and congrats on the new Air!
 
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MacManiac76

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You're also only going to get slightly better write speeds if you ever change the drive. The PCIe 3.0 x2 bus limits the transfer speeds to roughly a maximum of 1500 MB/s read/write. Don't be tempted by the advertised speeds of the Samsung or other high speed NVMe drives as they are quoting PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds, which you will never get on the 2015/1017 MacBook Airs.
 
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