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.
While it is never pleasant to be the bearer of unpleasant tidings, we strive to keep our readers well-informed on industry trends that could affect your purchase decisions. For the past couple months, we’ve been seeing a trend in rising memory prices.
Actually, memory costs started going up before Christmas, but supply of memory at the higher costs have been coming into play over the last several weeks. Higher cost for memory equates to higher prices at checkout.
Why are memory costs up?
Real supply issues with the components have resulted in these cost increases. Supply is pressured due to substantially growing demand for the higher density parts and a lack of excess capacity production. It should be known that Micron and Samsung – the largest producers of DRAM memory devices today – both posted 4th quarter losses for their DRAM divisions. When a producer is losing money, they tend not to run up supply.
All is not lost though. It is important to note that today’s memory pricing is still Article Continues…
Apple has started using either SanDisk or Samsung flash storage modules in their MacBook Pro with Retina display models and rob-ART morgan over at the Bare Feats lab posed the question of, “Which one is faster, the Samsung or SanDisk flash storage? And how do both compare to OWC’s Aura Pro 480G flash storage upgrade?”
And the overwhelming winner was the OWC Aura Pro which towered over both Apple offerings in random and sustained transfers.
For the results of all testing, see the original Bare Feats article: SHOOTOUT: Is the flash storage in the 2013 Retina MacBook Pro faster than the storage in the 2012 version?
Newer Technology, Inc. today announced the NuGuard Universal Tablet Rack, a Plug and Play ‘BYOD’ (Bring Your Own Device) storage and charging solution for technologically savvy classroom, office, retail, health care, and other multiple brand tablet computer user environments. Designed to accommodate nearly any tablet PC including Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Asus Transformer models, the NuGuard Rack allows tablets even in thick, protective cases to slide easily into one of eight bays to store and charge.
Easy to Use for All Ages
Tablet computer users of all ages will find the NuGuard Universal Tablet Rack easy and convenient to use. Simply slide a tablet into one of the eight bays and connect to a device compatible USB charging cable. The NuGuard Rack comes with eight pre-installed Apple Certified Dock Connector cables so iPad users can immediately charge. Embedded channels on the side of the unit enable easy changing of the cables as well as protection against cable bending, pinching, or accidental removal and/or tangling. Article Continues…
Newer Technology, Inc. announced today that it has added a new model – featuring dual 2.5″ 1.0TB SATA drives for up to 2.0TB of storage – to its bus powered (no AC adapter needed) ultra portable Guardian MAXimus mini storage solution line. The new model provides 1.0TB hardware RAID-1 redundancy for a MAXProtect “mirrored” copy of data or a 2.0TB RAID-0 mode for MAXPerform speed and a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, & eSATA connections to offer Mac and PC users Plug and Play data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s.
The NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini, a Visionary Product Awards finalist at CES in the Storage Visions 2011 Awards Program, is available immediately in seven hard drive based models with up to 2.0TB of capacity and three Solid State Drive (SSD) models with up to 960GB of storage capacity starting at $179.99 MSRP from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, as well as through the retail channel. Article Continues…