Apple is now using what are thought to be Samsung SSDs in the latest MacBook Air models, and according to AnandTech, the later Samsung SSDs provide a performance boost for users. Previously, Apple used Toshiba Blade X-gale SSDs which while quick, are not as quick as the Samsung equivalent.
AnandTech reports that the Samsung SM128C models boast speeds of 261.1 MB/s read and 209.6 MB/s write. By comparison, the Toshiba TS128C models come in at slower speeds of 209.8 MB/s read and 175.6 MB/s write. While the jump in speed may not be astronomical, users are reporting noticeable differences.
I checked which version I have in my 13-inch Air and I’m pleased to report that it is the SM128C — though I can’t comment on any differences with the Toshiba SSD since I haven’t used both versions. Also, there is a chance that the SM128C may not in fact be the work of Samsung, although this is what is widely believed. One thing’s for sure, I won’t be taking my Air apart to see who makes the SSD — I’ll leave that to the guys over at iFixit.
Be sure to let us know which model you have, and if you know of any difference in speed.
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