After 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.
Friday, October 18th, 2013 | Author: OWC Mason
Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where your 2009 or later Mac Pro could compete with, or even outperform the brand new, fancy-shmancy 2013 iMac when it comes to graphics?
Guess what? We do! In fact, with minimal tweaking, your older Mac Pro can be a dream machine for gamers and creative professionals who depend on the highest quality graphics to do what they do. That may sound crazy, but prepare for a big surprise when you check out the comparative benchmarks by rob-ART morgan over at Bare Feats.
It’s amazing, but an older Mac Pro can outperform later versions of the iMac in almost every significant category. One look at the numbers shows you that a three-year-old Mac Pro with the desktop version of the GTX blows the iMacs with GTX 680MX and 780M GPU’s out of the water.
Since Apple released their Fusion Drive, there have been a lot blogs focused on how to make a DIY (Do it Yourself) Fusion Drive for non-Fusion-Drive-equipped macs, but very few blogs showing a Fusion Drive’s performance in action.
Apple’s description of Fusion Drive really makes it sound fantastic: having frequently accessed files automatically stored on the SSD while infrequently used files are kept on the HDD. As Apple describes Fusion Drive, “…That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice.” The other half of the performance benefit is that Fusion Drives maintain a 4GB buffer space on the SSD. This means files written to the Fusion Drive are written to the SSD first and then migrated to the HDD when the drive is idle.
This automated file management really piqued my interest and there has been talk of the automated file transfer not working. I wanted to put it to the test personally and see this file transfer in action. Article Continues…
Last week OWC Larry posed the query – Why Wait For The New Mac Pro? and he touched a bit on the myriad of performance upgrades that are available.
But why should you upgrade aging technology rather than saving up for the new shiny toy? Simple – It just makes good financial sense to buy the current units and upgrade (or even less just to upgrade your existing 2009-2010 Mac Pro). Pricing has yet to be announced on the new Mac Pro, but I tend to agree with many of the experts out there on this one – the entry level price is probably going to exceed the $2,500 entry-level price tag that Mac Pro owners have gotten used to from Apple. I’m actually expecting it to exceed the $3000 mark.
Add in the cost of adding external components for your storage as there are no internal upgrade bays for your existing data storage, and it’s a bargain to make your existing Mac Pro new again.
The fact remains that today’s Mac Pro models are still very viable workhorses in the professional computing arena. And they offer at least a few advantages over the new Mac Pro that will be released later this year – mainly in the immediate availability of upgrades including the OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD.
Simply put, an upgraded 2009 or 2010 Mac Pro is by far no slouch when it comes to computing speeds. Article Continues…
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…