"MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 addresses an issue reported by a small number of customers using drives based on the SATA 3Gbps specification with the June 2009 MacBook Pro. While this update allows drives to use transfer rates greater than 1.5Gbps, Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported."
Over on ZDnet, Jason D. O'Grady gives his take on benchmarks of OSX 10.5.6 on a Runcore brand SSD in a high-end 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro over the MacBook's stock 5400 RPM Western Digital Blue series drive:
"As you can see from the results table the Runcore Pro IV almost doubled the HDD’s performance in sequential reads and writes... But that’s only the beginning. The Pro IV slaughtered the standard SATA HDD in random reads where it’s six times faster and in random writes where its over three times faster. When tested moving larger files (2-10MB and 20-100MB) the SSD more than doubles the performance of the HDD.
So there you have it, the Runcore Pro IV delivers up to 6x more performance over a standard HDD. If you’re a professional that uses your notebook for 8+ hours a day to earn a living you really can’t afford not to have a Runcore SSD."
Numbers freaks should check out Jason's post above, but the words in bold here tell most what you need to know: The current crop of SSD drives are running circles around the average hard drive - and can and will dramatically increase your productivity.
- ACARD ANS-9010 DDR2 SATA RAM-Drive
- Crucial / Lexar 32GB 2.5" SATA-2 SSD CT32GBFAB0
- G.Skill 64GB MLC 2.5" SATA-2 SSD FM-25S2S-64GB
- G.Skill Titan 128GB SATA SSD FM-25S2S-128GBT1
- Hitachi Travelstar 5K160 2.5" 40GB SATA 5,400 RPM HDD HTS541640J9SA00 (8MB Cache Buffer)
- Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 2.5" 60GB SATA 7,200 RPM HDD HTS721060G9SA00 (8MB Cache Buffer)
- Intel 80GB X25-M SATA SSD SSDSA2MH080G15E
- Kingston 80GB SATA SSD SSDSA2MH080G1GC
- MemoRight GT 64GB 2.5" SATA SSD MR25.2-064S
- Mtron Pro 7500 32GB SATA-II SSD MSP-SATA7525
- Mtron Pro 7000 16GB 2.5-Inch 16GB SSD SATA7025
- Mtron MOBI 3000 16GB 2.5" SATA SSD MSD-SATA3025
- Mtron MOBI 3500 64GB 3.5" SATA SSD MSD-SATA3535-064
- OCZ 64GB 2.5" SATA SSD OCZSSD64GB
- OCZ SATA-II 32GB 2.5" SSD OCZSSD2-1S32G
- OCZ Core Series SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1C64G
- OCZ SATA-II 64GB 2.5" SSD OCZSSD2-1S64G
- OCZ Apex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1APX120G
- OCZ Vertex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
- OCZ Vertex EX 120GB SATA SLC SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
- Patriot Warp 128GB SATA-II SSD PE128GS25SSDR
- Samsung 64GB 2.5" SATA-2 SSD MCCOE64G5MPP-0VA
- Seagate 7200.11 500GB 3.5" ST3500320AS 7,200 RPM SATA-II Hard Disk Drive (32MB Cache Buffer)
- Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB 2.5" SATA-II SSD FTM60GK25H
- Silicon Power 64GB 2.5" SATA SSD SP064GBSSD25SV10
- Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD SP032GBSSD750S25
- Western Digital Raptor 74GB 3.5" WD740ADFD 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive (16MB Cache Buffer)
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB WD1500HLFS 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive (16MB Cache Buffer)
Benchmarked are Apple's Mac OS X Version 10.5.6 Leopard as well as Windows 7 running via Apple's BootCamp - and also compares the OCX Vertex Series SSD laptop drives to an excellent alternative to an SSD, one of the fastest conventional platter SATA drives: the WD Scorpio Series Hard Drive 2.5" spinning disk drives.
Impressive SSD read-write numbers, app launch timings, and SSD speed improvements are detailed. If you weren't sure if you were ready for a solid-state drive on your Macintosh - this should convince you. Here's a tidbit on launch times of Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 - which has become quite big and bloated:
|1st run (WD Scorpio HDD)||1st run (OCZ Vertex SSD)|
|Entourage||18.6 sec||5 sec|
|Mac Excel||5.1 sec||2.2 sec|
|MS Word||8.5 sec||2.1 sec|
|Powerpoint||4.9 sec||3.5 sec|