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OWC Tests Mac Pro 2013 With 12-Core Processor

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 | Author: and

12coreUnitThe top-of-the-line 12-core Mac Pro 2013 has arrived at OWC. And now that we have our hands on it, we’ve had the opportunity to do benchmark tests.

We’ve tested the stock unit with an Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 12-Core 2.70GHz processor with both the stock 16GB of memory and with 64GB of OWC memory installed.

You can also check out our post for compiled benchmark scores on all of the Mac Pro 2013 models we’ve tested.

Here is a look at our results for the 12-core model with the stock Apple configuration and with the 64GB OWC memory upgrade: Article Continues…

OWC Confirms Mac Pro 2013 Processor Upgradeable

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 | Author: and

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 1.22.59 PMDuring our teardown of the late 2013 Mac Pro last week, we discovered that the new model had a removable CPU that allows for user upgrades.

We got our hands on an Intel E5-2667 V2 8-core 3.30GHz with 25MB Cache processor, installed it in the new Mac Pro and have done some benchmarking to get an early look at the performance vs. the stock Apple / Intel E5-1650 V2 6-core 3.50GHz with 12MB Cache model. The testing was done with 64GB of OWC memory installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our benchmarking showed a significant 30 percent multi-processor performance bump with the upgraded processor. Here is a look at our results: Article Continues…

2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13″ and 15″ Initial SSD Speed Comparison

Friday, October 25th, 2013 | Author: and

stopwatchAfter securing a 13-inch model and 15-inch model of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display that was unveiled Tuesday at Apple’s special event, we’ve done some benchmarking with each model to get an early look at how the new PCIe SSDs perform.

2013 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display

  • 128GB SanDisk SSD
  • 312.9MB/s write
  • 728.6MB/s read

2013 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display

  • 256GB Samsung SSD
  • 676.7MB/s writes
  • 728.6MB/s read

The 256GB Samsung SSD in the 15″ model offers about a 400MB/s increase in write speeds over the 128GB SanDisk SSD as our 13-inch model was configured.

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Not All Cables Are Made The Same

Friday, July 5th, 2013 | Author:

Here in the OWC Test Labs we sample products from all over. Some items we test as components for our own products, others we put through the paces to carry them as individual products. Simply put, if we carry the product on our website, we’re endorsing the product as well. Some products test as reliable and some… well…not so much.

While working yesterday afternoon I noticed my iPhone screaming that the battery was low, so I plugged it in to one of the many sample Lightning cables we had received for a quick charge.

Upon unplugging my iPhone, the connector simply broke into pieces. There was no drop, no rough pull, no abuse whatsoever—yet the cable completely fell apart. As I am sure you can imagine, this would be a huge inconvenience for those of us that rely so heavily on our iDevices (that always seem to need a charge due to our busy lifestyles).

Rest assured, this one isn’t getting the OWC “stamp of approval” to add to our product lineup.

Luckily, I keep a supply of the Apple Genuine Lightning to USB Cables that OWC sells, handy, so I don’t really need to worry about finding a good cable when I need one. The USB 2.0 cables we stock will connect any of your iDevices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod) with Lightning connector to your computer’s USB port for syncing and charging or to the Apple USB Power Adapter for convenient charging from a wall outlet, and naturally these Apple genuine units have been OWC tested and approved…so this little inconvenience won’t happen to you.

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Performance Testing: Not All 2013 MacBook Air SSDs Are The Same

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 | Author: and

We’ve received two models of the new MacBook Air yesterday and have started some of our initial testing on the machines.

The SSD form factor has indeed changed as Apple is the first to adopt and incorporate PCIe storage, but rest assured we are working hard and fast to get you the upgrades you’ve come to rely on from OWC. We’re on it!

In the meantime, we have noticed a vast difference in write speeds between the two SSD offerings that we’ve received so far. The 512GB Samsung SSD found in our 13-inch model offers roughly a 400MB/s increase in write speeds over the 128GB SanDisk/Marvell SSD as our 11-inch model was configured. It is our assumption that the write performance is mainly due to NAND densities and not brand performance in these cases, but we’ll know more once we can run the same tests on a few more models.

As evidenced by the following benchmarks, Article Continues…