UMBP 17" + 2 new Samsung SSDs in RAID0 (BENCHMARK)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by UNO, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. UNO macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    UMBP 17" 2.66/2 MLC Samsung SSDs in RAID0 (OptiBay used)/8Gb RAM

    Feels VERY fast, and absolutely silent. All programs start in no time.

    Here's Xbench result:

    Results	203.56	
    	System Info		
    		Xbench Version		1.3
    		System Version		10.5.6 (9G2141)
    		Physical RAM		8192 MB
    		Model		MacBookPro5,2
    		Drive Type		Boon Disk
    	CPU Test	145.14	
    		GCD Loop	281.61	14.84 Mops/sec
    		Floating Point Basic	121.26	2.88 Gflop/sec
    		vecLib FFT	95.69	3.16 Gflop/sec
    		Floating Point Library	188.26	32.78 Mops/sec
    	Thread Test	295.03	
    		Computation	382.35	7.75 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    		Lock Contention	240.18	10.33 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    	Memory Test	183.24	
    		System	206.67	
    			Allocate	273.94	1.01 Malloc/sec
    			Fill	173.56	8438.74 MB/sec
    			Copy	195.94	4047.15 MB/sec
    		Stream	164.58	
    			Copy	154.07	3182.17 MB/sec
    			Scale	159.25	3290.13 MB/sec
    			Add	174.26	3712.05 MB/sec
    			Triad	172.56	3691.42 MB/sec
    	Quartz Graphics Test	196.92	
    		Line	182.16	12.13 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    		Rectangle	230.98	68.96 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    		Circle	187.67	15.30 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    		Bezier	180.27	4.55 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    		Text	212.94	13.32 Kchars/sec
    	OpenGL Graphics Test	173.86	
    		Spinning Squares	173.86	220.55 frames/sec
    	User Interface Test	435.78	
    		Elements	435.78	2.00 Krefresh/sec
    	Disk Test	180.92	
    		Sequential	196.67	
    			Uncached Write	440.93	270.72 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	414.71	234.64 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	71.95	21.06 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	568.20	285.58 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    		Random	167.51	
    			Uncached Write	52.53	5.56 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	299.07	95.74 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	1471.93	10.43 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	1220.93	226.55 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Timed startup with iPhone: from the moment of pushing the (I) button and until it's done doing everything - 34 sec.
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  3. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    umm... +1

    PS: About two-grand to spend on SSDs... but went with the 2.66 model?
  4. harry454 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
  5. UNO thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    Couldn't wait (travel plans), plus I believe that drives and RAM matter much more for my type of work.
  6. simonpickard macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2009
    Very impressive!!

    Can I ask what the drives are? 128GB ones? What's the model numbers and how much did you pay?

  7. UNO thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
  8. Valmor macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2007
    Crazy numbers. I'm new to SSDs - are there any 128GB SSDs out with similar speeds to that Samsung? I only need 128GB and don't want to spend almost 1K for one.
  9. simonpickard macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2009
    Arhh the new Samsung drives...

    Those results are pretty bad though aren't they? Look at your random read/writes? They are pretty shocking?

  10. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    those disc numbers kill my 7200RPM seagate.. those randoms look low but mine show even lower in xbench haha, blazing fast!
  11. simonpickard macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2009
    Arhh ok.. So those number are still good?
    Just wondering what kind of speeds you see with a 7200RPM random wise?

  12. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    here was my most recent xbench run..

    and here was a run for the disc when I had a Western Digital 250GB Blue 5400RPM drive

    I did get a better random overall score w/ the 250GB 5400rpm
  13. percival504 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    17" 4,1 280.36 w/ 1 X25-E running about 10 programs while testing

    The 280.36 is the disk test only (the 1200+ is for ZFS - throw it out), but the full test is about 220 -- this is very interesting b/c I'm less that 24 hours away from ordering a 2.93 8GB (I'd install my X25-E in it of course); now I'm seriously reconsidering:

    full test:

    Here's a link to the disk test by itself:

    On the full test I show up twice on Page 1 of top MacBook Pro scores.

    Any point in upgrading? I'm no trying to be a smart a$$ -- I'd really like constructive opinions. TIA
  14. rroback macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
  15. enjoyapple macrumors newbie


    Mar 14, 2005
    my 17" unibody 2?94 with the apple 256 SSD and a X25 (boot disc) in place of the superdrive hit a 228 at xbench. why wouldn't those new samsung make better results?..

    Attached Files:

  16. UNO thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    It's probably your CPU that affects the main score. Mine is 2.66 :). While working with Aperture, Photoshop (a few very large files), Mail and 20-30 Safari tabs I still don't see the CPU loading much, so I'm happy with the 2.66. :D
  17. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
  18. simonpickard macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2009
    I've been wondering.. Did you try the speed tests on just 1 of the samsung drives? Just wondering how much faster 2 are? The specs of 1 seem pretty amazing.

    How is raid done on the macbook pro anyhow? Is it hardware or software based?
    Does the SATAII interface allow dual SSD speeds higher then a single one?

  19. UNO thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    Didn't try one. I use RAID0 on my MacPro and got used to it. Normally it gives speed advantage. Om MBP I did it by removing optical drive and installing second SSD instead with OptiBay caddy. RAID is created my OSX software... I'm not a pro in this, but I believe that simple mirror or stripe can be done by OS without problems.

    Anyway, SSDs rock. Had a loaded day today and the MBP feels faster than MacPro.
  20. J.Genius macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    i have wanted screens of this "optibay" inside and out...i bought a cable to do the same thing for 15$ on just wondering how the optibay looks and mounts drives.

    seems like a solid unit, are you in canada or the states?

    by the super impressed with that raid0 going to be doing it myself with 2x128gb corsair's
  21. J.Genius macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    get the corsair ssd 128gb , 400cnd and is a samsung drive rebranded.

    great drive.
  22. semitry macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Is it possible to replace the superdrive in the 15" Unibody with another disk drive?
  23. J.Genius macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    i have done it :D, you can use the optibay, or a cable from ebay...same thing.

    i have a 128 corsair in mine and a 500gb 7200rpm (soon to be a second corsair.)
  24. KBS756 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2009
    how fast is just one? without raid 0?
  25. kremer4 macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Fairfax, VA

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