Lab report: mixed for the MacBook Air SSD upgrade success

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The MacBook Air has won on a large number of users of an Apple laptop computer. But to offer this extreme portability, the MacBook Air comes with some compromise. One of these compromises is with flash storage - it is fast, but it is expensive and to reduce costs, Apple is a bit stingy with the amount of flash memory, it is available in the standard configurations of the MacBook Air. Storage space of the mobile ultra-thin ranging from a tiny 64 GB in a disappointing 256 GB, it is not surprising that some MacBook Air enthusiasts want to increase the capacity, regardless of the cost.If you can afford, OWC offers upgrades storage for MacBook Air mid-2010 models. Mercury will be Pro Express is available in capacities ranging from 180 GB for $470 480 GB model for $1580, which is $ 20 less than the price of the 13-inch, high MacBook Air with 256 GB of memory flash.(Apple is the storage device in mid-2010 MacBook Air as flash storage, not as a drive to SSD or solid state.) The device in the MacBook Air looks like a module of RAM, but with the connectors on the short edge instead of the long edge. The SSD available in old air of MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pros come in a package of typical portable 2.5-inch drive. (OWC is mercury will Pro Express as SSDs, although they have a similar design as the storage flash included with the MacBook Air.)

Macworld Lab has received a 180 GB mercury will Pro Express and installed in the 11-inch MacBook Air that came with 64 GB memory flash. The installation process is relatively simple (especially when compared to upgrading the iMac disk), and OWC provides the necessary tools. Unfortunately, it is not that can be done with the storage flash stock once it is deleted, unless someone starts to sell an external enclosure.Once the upgrade of storage has been installed, we found that the additional capacity to be a blessing, but our results have been mixed unexpectedly. Marketing materials for the affirmation of mercury will be Pro Express readers to offer up to 68 per cent of performance faster than the stock of flash storage. To see such a vast difference between the MacBook Air flash storage and mercury will be Pro Express, we had to use automated testing this task of the MacBook Air in ways that most people would not use a ultra-portable. With the AJA System Test, which is used to see how well your system to perform with materiel AJA working with HD video in real time, we have found the impressive speed improvements, with mercury will Pro Express assignment 13 percent faster write speeds and 26 percent faster read speeds of the MacBook Air stock 64 GB flash storage. We have also given 47% faster average read speeds and 32% faster average write speeds using disk tests to fill on the diglloydTools DiskTester.

StartupDiskTester Fill the disk AVG WriteDiskTester Fill the disk Faster WriteDiskTester Fill the disk AVG ReadAJA WriteAJA Read11 "macbook Air" 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. GB 180 mercury will be Pro Express11 "macbook Air" 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. The results of storageStartup 64 GB flash are in seconds; lower is better. All other results as megabytes per second; more is better. Best results in bold.

However, when we tested with Speedmark 6.5, our test suite based on the request, the results showed little or no benefit with OWC drive. MacBook Air with the OWC upgrade completes the MP3 encoding in iTunes a little more than 5% faster than the stock device and exported a movie in iMovie 3% faster. Startup time and Finder tests, such as duplication of file and discover a archive file 2 GB, were actually slower on the OWC on the MacBook Air with its stock of flash storage.

We contacted OWC to discuss our results. The company replied by us for testing results from other sites, such as the Ars Technica, cult of Mac, and, which primarily used synthetic tests. Our own synthetic tests have shown results that were similar to them, but we could not see the same results in our testing of the application.

In case you are interested, we recently compared the speed of a flash-storage equipped MacBook Air and MacBook Pro equipped with hard disk.Speedmark 6.5S core Duplicate1 GBFile Unzip 2 GB folderPages Open Word doc11 "macbook Air" 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. GB 180 mercury will be Pro Express11 "macbook Air" 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo.
Results storageSpeedmark 64 GB flash are a score; more is better. All other results are seconds; lower is better. Best result in fat.itunes AAFC to MP3 EncodeImport film Archive at iMovieiMovie Export on iTunes for iPhoneiPhoto import 200 JPEGs11 "macbook Air" 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. GB 180 mercury will be Pro Express11 "macbook Air" 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. Stockagele 64 GB flash results are seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold.Photoshop CS5 ActionParallels WorldBench
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1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. Stockagele 64 GB flash results are seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. If you are a user of MacBook Air needs a serious boost to the storage capacity of your portable computer, the mercury will be Pro Express SSDs deserve a glance. But if what you're looking for is a boost to overall speed, our tests suggest that these readers will not have much impact in daily use.



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