New 2014 MacBook Airs Have Same SSD Speeds As 2013 Models, OWC Testing Shows

Last week, Apple released its refreshed lineup of 2014 MacBook Airs that feature faster processors and better battery life, along with new lower price points.

It appears that Apple is using the same SSDs in the 2014 models as were used in its 2013 lineup. And in OWC’s initial testing, the performance of our new MacBook Air models with SanDisk SSDs inside is nearly identical to previous year’s models.

Mid-2014 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD.

Mid-2014 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD.

Late 2013 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD

Late 2013 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-2014 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD

Mid-2014 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD.

Late 2013 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD.

Late 2013 MacBook Air With 128GB SanDisk SSD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we’ve showed you here on the OWC Blog, Apple used different SSD makers for its 2013 MacBook Air lineup and performance can vary from maker to maker. The performance of your machine will come down to whichever SSD – Samsung, Toshiba or SanDisk – is installed in the MacBook Air you receive. However, there is no way of knowing which SSD the MacBook Air features without opening the machine.  

Hint of the Future Days

Rest assured that OWC is working hard to provide you with PCIe SSD upgrades for the 2013-14 MacBook Air models just as we’ve brought for every model introduced 2012 and earlier!


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  • Would it be possible to Email me when the new upgrades are available. Thank you.
    S Mc Cracken.




  • I can’t wait until I’m able to get a 240GB SSD for my MacBook Air. It’ll be nice to be able to carry just my computer and power adapter.




  • When will you have the SSD’s for late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina’s (11,1)??? You taunted us with their prototype existence way back in February and nary a word since!!! *shakes fist at sky*




  • Unfortunately your testings didn’t include a single value that’s important for an internal SSD used as system drive: random I/O with small block sizes. Testing sequential transfer rates with chunks as large as tens or hundreds of mbytes might be interesting for video pros that want to use the SSD for storage of large video streams. For the average user these values are of no interest.

    If you would add random read/write QuickBench tests with small block sizes (HFS+ allocation block size is 4K and not hundreds of mbytes!) and “Allow Cache Effects” disabled then this might be a useful comparison




  • Maybe I am missing something, but you wrote:

    “However, there is no way of knowing which SSD the MacBook Air features without opening the machine. ”

    And I think that there is a very simple way, by looking at the ioreg dump. Three examples I have here:

    “APPLE SSD SD0128F” (ScanDisk)
    “APPLE SSD SM0128F” (Samsung)
    “APPLE SSD TS256E” (Toshiba)

    What more do you need?




  • I have a SanDisk in my 2014 and I get 205/511