As Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane might say, “Good News! Good News!”
We’ve confirmed that the flash storage on the 2011 MacBook Air is the same removable module type design as found on the 2010 models. But don’t take our word for it – here’s a couple quick shots of the module right after we bought the machine.
As you can see, the data interface on the 2011 model’s flash module is the same as the one on the 2010 model. In fact, it’s the same unit entirely, like we mentioned earlier. That means you can put in a faster, higher-capacity OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD for higher performance and up to four times the storage compared to the factory 128GB capacity version.
While those quickie teardown sites “scooped” us on whether or not the flash storage module was removable, we for sure have the bigger headline news. We’re in the unique position to actually test the Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD in this new machine and not assume it would just work. Roscoe gets to take another bow here as the good news is our SSD…the first and only for MBA 2010…works perfectly in the new 2011. Take a look at these benchmark comparisons to the stock drive for verification:
While we still manage to be faster than the stock drive across the board, the Aura really shines with the reading and writing of smaller files. So while it’s no slouch when it comes to transferring large files, you’ll see a real speed boost when you’re moving smaller chunks of data to and from the drive—such as when you’re booting the OS or launching programs.
Plus… well… you know… the “little” fact that now you can also drop 480GB in where as little as 64GB used to reside… ;-)