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#1 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:14 PM

Today StorageReview looks at the largest Apple MacBook Air SSD solution from OWC.

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review (480GB)

#2 Abqpete

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:03 PM

Do these 3rd party devices boot as quickly as the Apple versions? i read somewhere that the Apple SSD had firmware optimizations that gave it the incredible boot speeds.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:13 PM

I'm running the 240GB Aura in my latest gen MBA and while I don't reboot or boot but a few times a month, I'd say it's very fast, the same or better as the stock SSD. Really though when you're talking 10 seconds or less I'm not sure it matters much.

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#4 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:13 PM

We have found no real difference between the stock Apple SSDs or the OWC products in the MacBook Air. The only lag time that we found was when originally swapping over a new drive, you need to make sure you set it as the boot device, otherwise the system turns on and waits for 15-20 seconds looking for the bootable object. Otherwise though it turns on and starts booting in 1 second or so.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

Thanks guys!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:20 AM

I don't see your review mentioning that those 6G blades are more power-hungry than standard Apple (Samsung/Toshiba) ones and how it impacts MB Air battery times.

I have the 240GB version of Aura Pro, the only piece of software I see a slight speed bump in is Adobe Lightroom but I am not sure it was worth the shortened time my MB Air works on battery. I haven't properly measured it but I'd say it is noticeable, i.e. battery times are about 20% shorter (subjective assessment, might be way off). I upgraded from a 128GB Samsung SSD btw.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:26 AM

You're right, there's likely a power drain, but I don't think it's 20%, I've been using the 240GB capacity for 6 months or so. When we get some time we'll see about getting more scientific results.

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#8 rafalski

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:41 PM

You're right, there's likely a power drain, but I don't think it's 20%, I've been using the 240GB capacity for 6 months or so. When we get some time we'll see about getting more scientific results.


Sounds great. I never tested it but it is noticeable. Could be worth adding, my battery health is now at 93%, this might be a factor.



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