Upgrade pieces came together

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jaxdialation, May 23, 2010.

  1. Jaxdialation macrumors regular

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    I couldn't leave my i7 17" alone. A few tweaks went in today:

    8 gigs of ram
    WD Black 320g Drive (in the old drive bay)
    OWC 200g SSD/ER

    This system is officially fast :) Photoshop and Lightroom toss 20 meg images around like lightening.

    The upgrades took about 3 hours. The drive bay conversion uses frighteningly small screws :) All the benchmarks howl now for example the retouchartists benchmark was less than 30 seconds.
     

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  2. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

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    Haha nice. :) Would like to see some benchmarks of your OWC SSD.

    EDIT: Btw, although not a big deal, you should use your HDD in its default place and the SSD in the Optibay since the caddy doesn't have vibration dampeners for your HDD.
     
  3. maker macrumors newbie

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  4. i0s macrumors newbie

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    How's the SSD so far?
    I'm about to get the 240 gb one.
     
  5. Jaxdialation thread starter macrumors regular

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    Gorilla -- you have to be kidding! As you might suspect, I'm not opening it up again. That was the hairiest work I want to do on the baby ~ once.

    Yup its an MCE Optibay http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=OBSXGB-UNB&Category_Code=STORHDOPTIBAY

    The SSD is SICK. I flip applications on like a switch. I keep my work in process images/files on it. Consequently files handling is very snappy :)

    I was going to get the 240 too. But decided to go this route. I didn't want to open my computer more than once....so I took the ER version.

     
  6. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

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    Yea I guessed so :D don't worry about it. Maybe next time just remember it.
     
  7. budman1961 macrumors regular

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    Where did you get the memory, and how much was it?
     
  8. Jaxdialation thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't recall, sorry. It is commodity stuff so I didn't study it much. 2-4gig sticks was $300-400. I think I found it via bing.

     
  9. Jaxdialation thread starter macrumors regular

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    By popular demand the bench results on the SSD. I wasn't careful about it.

    Results 323.76
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.6.3 (10D2094)
    Physical RAM 8192 MB
    Model MacBookPro6,1
    Drive Type OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD
    Disk Test 323.76
    Sequential 195.00
    Uncached Write 280.07 171.96 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 280.33 158.61 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 94.13 27.55 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 363.38 182.63 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 953.14
    Uncached Write 1194.13 126.41 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 501.42 160.52 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 2992.01 21.20 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 970.26 180.04 MB/sec [256K blocks]
     
  10. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

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    Seems pretty damn fast. Faster atleast than my Intel Postville.
     
  11. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

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    Interesting. Thanks for posting the OWC Mercury results. I'm actually surprised that they're not that much higher than the Intel X-25M G2. The write speeds are higher, in some cases especially so. However, the read speeds are lower than than the Intel, especially the uncached, sequential read speeds. For comparison, here's those results from my 160GB drive in my i7

    Disk Test 316.84
    Sequential 206.44
    Uncached Write 176.19 108.18 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 167.98 95.04 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 187.67 54.92 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 413.39 207.76 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 681.12
    Uncached Write 765.80 81.07 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 320.18 102.50 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 2387.11 16.92 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 975.84 181.07 MB/sec [256K blocks]
     
  12. justinlund macrumors newbie

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    Congrats, that's a pretty smokin machine.

    Your comments helped convince me to buy an ssd from OWC today. My wallet does not thank you. :D
     
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  14. exe163 macrumors regular

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    Just wondering why would you buy OWC when intel is much cheaper and just as fast? Look around the market. Unless OWC uses SLC NAND, it's SSDs are just not price competitive.
     
  15. Mirabella macrumors regular

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    Very nice. I'll be doing the same, when the SSD prices come down, a little.
     
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  17. Jaxdialation thread starter macrumors regular

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    SSDs really shine at uncached random reads, at least vs a spinning platter.
    That is what gets the fast app loads and file loads.

    If the marketing bs is true, the OWC will sustain high transfers as time goes on because of robust firmware and a 28% provisioning. But that is -if- the bs is true :)

     
  18. Xombie11 macrumors regular

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    You're better off with the SSD (boot drive) in the default HDD bay to prevent sleep issues. The WD Scorpio Black has it's own dedicated SMS. No worries.
     

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