MacBook Air (mid-2012) MBA Review Part 2 – Samsung and Toshiba (SandForce) SSDs Go Head To Head

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta besting new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

The first two benchmarks will display testing in highly compressible (or 0Fill) data while the last two will be with incompressible data.

TOSHIBA

SAMSUNG

The Toshiba ‘LSI SandForce Driven’ SSD displays great performance and the high IOPS result of over 89,000 and Total Score comparison serves to enhance the transfer speed and disk access speed results. If our theory is correct, things should look much better for the Samsung when we test in completely incompressible data:

TOSHIBA

SAMSUNG

These results were a bit surprising as, although the Samsung held better transfer performance, the Toshiba prevailed once again in IOPS and also the Total Score.

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🙂 Thank you so much for this excellent review, exquisite not only in its findings but also in terms of the amazingly simplistic manner in which you presented the essential facts and clearly bring about the important distinctions between the Toshiba SandForce Driven SSD and the Samsung SSD to light. As a novice to SSD’s and the MBA alike, your findings have not only made it easier for me to choose the MBA with the specs that fits my budget, I also no longer feel like I’m getting a “lesser deal for my buck” from Apple by choosing one blindly… Read more »

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Thank you for that detailed return and glad we could help!

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Perfect drive to offload outlook ost file and windows search index 🙂

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@Les: Thanks for the review.. Quick question:Since you have both the MBA’s 128GB/256GB with you, can you please check & let us know which panels(Samsung/LG) do they have & your comments about the visible contrast & color vibrancy difference on both-I know I’m requesting this info on theSSDreivew site & reviewing panels is by no means your primary focus but i’ll be extremely grateful if you can help me (& others like me) with this since I can’t seem to be able to get a clear answer from other websites & forums to help me decide if I’ll be okay… Read more »

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Hi,
I have a question.. I have X1 Carbon (2012). I am looking to upgrade my ssd to higher capacity. Can you please suggest which would be the best and the cheapest ?