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  • Fast 128GB and 256GB Upgrades for MacBook Air

    One of the significant limitations of the smaller MacBook Air is the storage space: only 64GB and 128GB options are available. Fortunately, this is one of the few truly user-upgradable options on the new models, and a third-party vendor has already stepped up with a solution. PhotoFast is announcing 128GB and 256GB SSD upgrades with improved controllers that let them claim a 30% performance increase compared to the stock Apple solid state drive. Additionally, the Taiwanese company includes a USB 3.0 thumb-drive enclosure so you can reuse your MacBook Air's existing SSD.

    Although no shipping dates or pricing information has yet been released for the GM2 SFV1 Air aftermarket kit, it's already generated a lot of buzz based on the one-two punch of a speed bump plus external drive option. The performance increase is due to the SandForce SF1200 controller, which is also used in solid state drives like the Corsair Force SSD. PhotoFast says this will provide up to 250MB/s sequential read and write speeds as compared to 140 to 160 MB/s on the stock MacBook Air. Random reads are clocked at 50MB/s and random writes at 30MB/s, which are very significant improvements over Apple's hardware.

    In a clever move, Photofast also bundles a USB 3.0 adapter in with the kit, allowing you to easily transfer the contents of your existing drive to the larger SSD. After you do the upgrade, you can put the original SSD in the enclosure and use it as a fast external drive.

    A lot is going to depend on price, but this should be attractive both to people who want to increase the storage of the small MBA as well as power users looking to give the 13-inch model a boost. If the performance claims hold up, this upgrade would make the 2.4GHz MacBook Air a practical desktop replacement for many.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fast 128GB and 256GB Upgrades for MacBook Air started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      That's really nice, now I need to seriously consider a macbook air, these things can effectively double it's storage capacity.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Hmm, seems to me that anybody buying a MacBook Air would be simply blowing money for bragging rights.
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I suppose we all have our opinions, but I find the base models to be quite reasonably priced. Hell, even the upper models are comparable to a mid-range MBP where you are paying for weight reduction. To each his own, but the weight I get to drop off my back/shoulder carrying these things around is a plus.
      Oh, yes the weight!

      Been carrying around a 5.4lb 2007 15" MBP and I would love to trade up to a 2.3lb MBA!
      Turns our I didn't really need that separate GPU that I thought I was going to use so much.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      Oh, yes the weight!

      Been carrying around a 5.4lb 2007 15" MBP and I would love to trade up to a 2.3lb MBA!
      Turns our I didn't really need that separate GPU that I thought I was going to use so much.
      This is one thing people don't seem to understand. The funny thing is that when we are talking about OUNCES in cell phones, people freak out. When we are talking about POUNDS in a computer, people shrug it off like it's no big deal. I agree if this thing is going to rarely leave your desk it is not worth the premium to shave off those pounds. That said it really wasn't built as a desktop replacement, although it would seem that it pretty much can be considered one (mid to top end models).
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      If I get a mba it will be my main computer. If I need a bigger screen, I'll just plug it up to my tv.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      you guys are crazy, I could never live without a combined processor clock of 6Ghz ... I have no idea how people can stand to use their stuff with a mere 3.6 (1.8X2)...
      The fastest i7 Mobile processor is about 2.8Ghz with a turbo boost up to 3.06Ghz. What are you using?
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i have a feeling this upgrade wont be cheap