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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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Let’s Talk About RAID

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Author:

No, not the bug spray. The RAID I’m talking about is a hard drive RAID or a Redundant Array of Independent Disks. As crazy as the name sounds, this is essentially a type of storage solution that combines multiple hard drives into a cohesive system that appears to the computer as a single hard drive.  Depending on the setup, this can afford increased speed, storage capacity, backup solutions, or a combination of each of these.

There are four RAID configurations seen most often in the wild:

  1. RAID 0
  2. RAID 1
  3. RAID 0+1 or 10
  4. RAID 5

Each of these are similar in that they work across multiple drives, but each have their own merits that benefit specific applications in the real world. Article Continues…

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More Memory = A Faster Mac

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 | Author:

Everything is better when it’s faster: cars, amusement park rides, food. Well, maybe not food. But the point is, when things are faster, it leaves more time for you to spend on more important things. Unfortunately, your computer isn’t always able to deliver the maximum speed it’s capable of. Working with large images in Photoshop, converting music and movies for your favorite device, even simple tasks like scrolling in Word – these can all take much longer than they should.

But lucky for you, one of the easiest ways to bring more speed into your life is by adding more RAM to your Macand no one has that covered better than OWC.

To find out how you can turbo-boost your Mac, all you need to do is find out your machine’s Model ID. Then, use our easy guide to find out just how much more memory you can add and what it might cost. Finally, we offer free, straight-forward installation videos to help you “DIY” a memory install with almost any Mac…and often in 20 minutes or less!

It’s really that easy. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and get started on upgrading your Mac with performance-test proven, Lifetime Warrantied memory today!

Maximizing Performance in the 2012 Mac mini.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 | Author:

Many of us here at the OWC Blog are big fans of the Mac mini, and the latest version is no exception. It packs a lot of punch in its diminutive frame, and for many users, it may just be all the computer they need.

To see just how well the new Mac mini can perform with certain OWC upgrades, Lloyd Chambers of Mac Performance Guide has put it through his battery of tests, and the results show that the mini can be considered as viable workstation solution for Photoshop and Lightroom power-users. Using an OWC 6G SSD doubles the performance in his tests compared to the Apple 1TB hard drive, and using an OWC Helios + Accelsior Solution via Thunderbolt is even faster…how’s a speed improvement of 70% grab ‘ya?

Check out Lloyd’s full writeup for all the performance insights.

By The Numbers: What Can An OWC 6G SSD Do For Your 2011 Mac mini?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 | Author:

Our benchmarking has been completed on the latest round of Mac mini machines from Apple. We teased a bit with our post from last Friday exclaiming that the OWC 6G SSDs work with the new 2011 Mac mini.

In our excitement on discovering the functionality of the drives, we posted screenshots of a few of our test results, but we wanted to put what that means for you into perspective.

The chart above shows the average read/write speeds as reported by QuickBench in four increasingly beneficial drive configurations in our 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Mac mini (RAID 0 configuration results obtained from a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 Mac mini Server as that is the only machine that comes factory stock with two available drive ports.) Article Continues…