by Peter Schmalfeldt – Satisfied OWC Customer
I got my new 17” MacBook Pro the other day, but before it even hit my doorstep, I already had plans for some surgery. I wanted to swap out the Solid State Drive (SSD) that came with the MacBook Pro (a Toshiba drive provided by Apple) with a better performing & more stable OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD.
Before I swapped anything out, I performed some benchmarking tests and also timed how long it took to boot up the computer and get to a desktop. The second test took 33.7 seconds from the time I pressed the power button until the desktop finished loading.
That’s pretty fast, but I think we can do better…
So, I took it apart to put in the new OWC SSD. I installed it using an OWC Data Doubler, which lets me put a second drive in the optical drive bay. Then, after formatting both drives and re-installing the OS onto my new OWC drive, I turned it on. With the laptop off, pressing the power button and getting to a finished desktop took 21.8 seconds. That shaved about 12 seconds—or about 35%—off the old boot time!
Also, for the sake of science, I ran the Geekbench testing suite before and after the install, and posted the results. The first listing with 10537 is the most recent test with new drive; 10516 was the score with the original drive.
To me, it’s pretty clear that this OWC Mercury SSD smokes the Apple Toshiba SSD that ships with the MacBook Pros that have them installed.