X1 CARBON DISASSEMBLY
The great thing about ultrabooks today is that, by design alone, the necessity of flash provides the consumer with a significantly faster computer than they have had previously. It is a bit odd to think that we actually improved the performance of our systems by several times by moving to smaller systems where alternatives to the hard drive were necessary. SSDs are composed of flash and the Lenovo X1 Carbon can be ordered with a 128 or 256GB solid state drive, that of which can be upgraded later. Getting to that SSD can be a bit of a challenge as well.
Dissassembly of the X1 consists of removing seven screws from the base and then, rather than pulling the bottom off, one lifts the keyboard exposing the system board and components.
From there we find the new SanDisk X100 ‘gumstick’ or ‘blade style’ SSD which is a definite step up from previous SanDisk iterations that we have examined.
The X100 was only announced in August 2012 and contains a Marvell 88SS9174 SATA 3 controller, Samsung DRAM cache memory and SanDisk NAND flash memory.
Specifications for a factory new SanDisk X100 ‘blade’ SSD are 500MB/s read and 430MB/s write with 76,000 read IOPS at low 4k aligned disk access. Considering the intended use for the X1 Carbon the SanDisk X100 is a compliment and fully capable of meeting consumer need.