Top HDDs & SSDs benchmarked in 15" MacBook Pro; who wants the review?

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  1. DaMarcus macrumors newbie

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    I've benchmarked the following drives:

    • Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT
    • Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT
    • Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
    • Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
    • OCZ Agility 2 120GB
    • OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 50GB

    I've measured installation time, boot time, file copy performance, XBench and more. So, which site would be interested to publish this results? I've contacted MacRumors, if they were interested in publishing this review but I did not hear back from them. Who knows a website that would be interested in publishing this review for a small fee?
     
  2. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Why would you join a site to try to sell an article on benchmarks when all of those drives have had published results elsewhere?
     
  3. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    I don't know who's going to pay for that review. Most tech websites have done considerable amounts of work on all of those drives.
     
  4. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Not to mention those are mostly free (done by the sites themselves). Why don't you open a Site?
     
  5. DaMarcus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There isn't any site which has benchmarked these drives in a MacBook Pro. I can tell you that the results are quite different with OS X then in Windows.
    Yes, I do. He's a friend of mine. I borrowed some of the HDDs and SSDs from him.
     
  6. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Confirmed, DaMarcus is a friend of mine.

    I am aware of a couple of sites that publish hard drive reviews but to my knowledge none of them have tested the real world performance of all these drives. Let alone in a Macbook Pro with Nvidia chipset. As you may know the chipset and SATA controller can have a large impact on hard drive performance.

    The sites that do publish reviews are usually focused on Windows. Techreport has tested some of these drives on a desktop running Windows, Toms Hardware has only ran synthetic benchmarks on some of these drives, in a laptop with Intel controller running Windows. Anandtech performs his storage benchmarks on a desktop running Windows.

    In my opinion: if you are a Macbook Pro user and want maximum performance you should look for a review that has measured real world performance on a Macbook Pro running OS X.
     
  7. yosi199 macrumors member

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    The man took the time and compares several different SSD in the world of OSX and I for one, really waiting to see the results. I've just bought a macbook pro 13" and my next target is its HD.

    To the OP, I hope you will find where to publish it and get paid for the effort.
     
  8. aohus macrumors 68000

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    i highly doubt any major tech site would pay for your review.

    they dont know your qualifications, and the approach you used for testing.


    www.anandtech.com is a great site though.

    you didn't even give a snippet of your work.
     
  9. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    I can probably tell you the rankings just from the list..

    Slowest -> Fastest

    1. Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT/Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT (faster/higher density but slower)
    2. Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT (faster and higher density)
    3. Seagate Momentus XT 500GB (flash cache)
    4. Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB/OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 50GB (pure flash but small capacity, a bit slower)
    5. OCZ Agility 2 120GB (pure flash full speed)

    Give or take..
     
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  11. DaMarcus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I won't give or take it. Why? Because your prediction is wrong. Don't forgot that the chipset was one from nVidia, not from Intel. And I've used Snow Leopard, not Windows.

    And if you still don't believe me, Philflow can confirm that the results in OS X (Snow Leopard) are quite different then in Windows.
     
  12. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    The problem here is that although you have some reasonably good hard drives, your SSDs seem to be on the low end. Most people on here won't purchase such low capacity SSDs to begin with, so the interest might not be there. If however you had SSDs in the 80 to 256 GB range with name players like Intel, OWC, Crucial, Apple stock SSD (Samsung/Toshiba), etc. then it would be of greatest interest here. Also, I am not sure of any tech sites that would pay for such a review since most have their own review/testing departments that get truck loads of these products to test and publish.
     
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  14. peapody macrumors 68040

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    I agree with Aboo and was going to ask why you don't have the intel x25m on there since that is one of the favorites on MR.
     
  15. Yimbie macrumors member

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    Any good comparison review of HDDs and SSDs REQUIRE the Intel. It's one of the most popular SSDs out there, if not, THE most popular. It's the only one I'm looking at right now for my Macbook Pro.
     
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  17. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    That's a great review that I would like to read. I hope some site takes up your offer. Any way you can add the 7k500 or the new 7200.5 to the review too?
     
  18. Demthios macrumors member

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    I too would love to see this seeing how I'm in the market for a SSD, and would like to see how the nvidia chipset and OSX makes a difference....Hope you find a site and hope you let us know where to go look for it.
     
  19. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Cause I don't want to pay money to find out answers I probably already know?? and I already have a Vertex 2 120gb which is plenty fast for me. And my prediction can't be that far off, the nVidia chipset is slower and SL has similar benchs to 7.

    Plus xbench blows, it's old and inconsistent..

    Slowest -> Fastest

    1. Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT/Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT (faster/higher density but slower)
    2. Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT (faster and higher density)
    3. Seagate Momentus XT 500GB (flash cache)
    4. Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB/OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 50GB (pure flash but small capacity, a bit slower)
    5. OCZ Agility 2 120GB (pure flash full speed)

    Give or take..

    Actually, because the Crucial and Vertex LE are so small, the Seagate MXT may win some, but I'm sure the Agility 2 is top, or there is something wrong with your MBP. Also I hope your MBP isn't one of the ones with the fugly controllers that don't like 3gbps..

    To rank the following..slowest to fastest

    Apple (Samsung/Toshiba), Intel (G2), OWC/Crucial/OCZ (Sandforce 1200)
     
  20. Kristine macrumors 6502a

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    Since we don't know your experience, qualifications, method of testing etc, maybe you can post the review and then ask people to donate a few dollars to you via PayPal if they deem your effort/time worth it. This way, you will get some experience as a reviewer/technical writer, which may lead to further paid reviews from other technical review sites (maybe you can be their Mac tester or something).
     
  21. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Capacity doesn't really make any difference for speed. It's 95% controller after you get past 120GB.

    The X25-M has significantly slower write speeds than drives with Sandforce controllers (OCZ Vertex 2, Agility 2, Corsair Force, OWC Mercury) or the newest Marvell controller (Crucial RealSSD).

    The X25-M is only good for the extra space that it provides over the newer drives.
     
  22. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind though that the Intel G2 is at the end of a product cycle. First G3 products are expected in Q3/Q4.

    That doesn't sound very wise.
     
  23. peapody macrumors 68040

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    True enough, but the intel is still one of the most popular drives. You cannot deny that...which is why any comparison would do well to include it even if it is nearing the end of it's cycle.
     
  24. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I agree, for comparison it would be nice if a Intel G2 SSD was included. Maybe DaMarcus can still arrange that.
     
  25. Vyruz Reaper macrumors regular

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    i 2nd this. I dont car about a small WD drive. I dont care about some old SSD. I want sandforce etc with drives that offer garbage collection for Mac OSX users. sorry bro
     

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