Apple is Still Using Slower SSDs on Some 2011 MacBook Air Models

Jonathan fron tldtoday might want to consider a second career as a detective. Over the last week he’s been trying to decide which of the new MacBook Airs best suit him, either the 11″ or the 13″. How has he been “trying to decide?” By purchasing both and trying them out during his day to day tasks. While running benchmark tests on both machines and one of the things he discovered is the hard drive on his 11″ model running much faster than that of his 13″. Turns out there’s a good reason for this. It appears Apple is using two different hard drives for the MacBook Air, which were just released last week. Some Airs have the older Toshiba SSD drives while others have a newer Samsung drive. The problem is that the Toshiba drives are noticeably slower than the newer Samsung drives. Jonathan noticed his 13″ Air has the Toshiba drive while his 11″ has the Samsung.

I checked my 11″ Air and sure enough I also have the older Toshiba drive in it. To see which drive you have head to About this Mac, More Info, System Report then click on Serial-ATA in the side bar. Right in the middle of the box you’ll see the information for the SSD drive in your particular machine – in my case the Toshiba TS128C. The Samsung drive shows SM128C.

What are your thoughts on this? Jonathan plans to try to exchange his 13″ Air for a model with one of the newer Samsung drives installed. Personally I’m not sure I’ll notice a difference. Even the Toshiba drive I have on my 11″ seems to be screaming fast.

Check out Jonathan’s video on the entire situation after the break.


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  • http://twitter.com/lgreenberg/status/95445671934562304 Larry Greenberg

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  • Anonymous

    This doesn’t reference the 256 drives, are they a certain model or another?

    • lgreenberg

      Good question. I’m not sure anyone’s examined them yet to see.

      • spiitz

        If the model number starts with SM it is the newer Samsung drive. For example, the SSD model number for my top end 11″ is SM256C.

  • Guru Sandhu

    do u know for sure that the toshiba ssd’s are in fact older? would it be safe to assume that if i waited a few weeks i would have a better chance of getting the samsung? or do u think it has anything to do with apple suing samsung and are switching over to toshiba for the ssd’s as a result?

    thanks.

    • lgreenberg

      It’s pretty clear that yes, the Samsung’s are newer. I can’t speculate as to the stock status of machines with Toshiba drives in them versus ones with Samsung drives. I think it’s just a matter of Apple using up all the Toshiba drives first.

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  • Anonymous

    13″/1.7/128 and I have the SM128C drive. Some guy in the macrumors forum has two other then drive differens identical airs and while they show different syntetic benchmark results he could not get any differences in real app tests.

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  • gerry

    13″/1.8/256 and have the slower Toshiba. Can confirm the numbers in the video–160mb/s write, 205mb/s read. Apple retail store will only allow 1 exchange. So roll the dice…

  • Ara

    I have a Samsung 256 GB SSD on my Air :D

  • http://twitter.com/yusuke/status/160081097739345922 Yusuke Yamamoto

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