OWC Radio #53 – New Macs, New iPads, New Upgrades

So much is new, new, new! Apple has released the new MacBook Pro models and announced the iPad 2 in a relatively short period of time. OWC has come through with analysis on the products and a lineup of upgrades with even more on the way. Come. Sit a spell, and we’ll tell you all about it.

OWC Radio is a monthly, forum-based podcast focused on the events and happenings in the Mac community. This week’s hosts are: OWC Grant, OWC Michael, and OWC Mike H.

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  • @ about 40 minutes in, OWC Michael made a comment that putting an OWC SSD in the Data Doubler would be the way to go, as it’s only a 3Gb/s drive, and you wouldn’t see a benefit.

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree – My recommendation for best performance is to put the SSD in the fastest bus available. A platter-based drive won’t saturate either bus, whereas the SSD will saturate the SATA II bus. Putting the SSD in the faster bus will give both enough room to “breathe”, and eke out a bit more speed from the SSD – even though the drive will max out at SATA II speeds, there is at least a little more overhead to play with.

    Both testing at Barefeats.com and some testing I did earlier today bear this out.




    • The Point/Counterpoint SNL skit comes to mind here… ;-)

      While Chris is correct…it does come down to personal needs. If capacity is your desire….Data Double only uses 9.5mm drives….so for hard drives….that maxes out at 750GB.

      The main drive bay takes 12.5mm drives….which the 1TB drive we have is:

      http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Samsung/HM100UI/

      SO…if you want max internal capacity and performance, I’d take the counterpoint that the 1TB goes in the main bay and the SSD goes in the optical bay.