New MacBooks Sporting 6Gb/s Samsung 830 Series SSD Controllers

Subject: Storage | June 13, 2012 - 10:08 PM |

In case some of you are fans of the Samsung 830 Series SSDs (like I am), you'll be pleased to see this litle tidbit over at iFixit:

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Now that just says Samsung on the parts, and Samsung makes more than an 830 Series, but all of their other series are 3Gb/sec SATA and below. For further confirmation, here's a quick clip from my review of the 830 Series:

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(particular interest on the controller part numbers - in that they are identical)

I see this as great news for the new MacBooks. The more devices those 830 Series SSDs get put into, the better.

June 13, 2012 | 11:37 PM - Posted by biblicabeebli

Hooraaay good solid state storage!
Boooo othewise-completely-impossible-to-upgrade everything else!

Thanks for decoding the serial numbers, Allyn. Is there any particular reason that HD/SSD caches are not DDR3? I can understand the speed difference is meaningless over a SATA connection, but isn't DDR3 lower voltage? wouldn't that just result in happy goodness all around?

June 13, 2012 | 11:43 PM - Posted by biblicabeebli

Ope, durp. The 830 uses an ARM chip, DDR3 support on ARM was a recent thing... bah, Google searches have failed me.

June 14, 2012 | 05:34 AM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Totally agree on the inability to upgrade stuff, but going that small / thin on the form factor means something has to give.

June 14, 2012 | 01:05 AM - Posted by pdjblum

I guess some readers on this site care about what they stick in a Crapple machine. Most don't, I hope.

June 14, 2012 | 05:38 AM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Apple is one of the largest singular OEM's around. If they shift entire product lines over to Samsung 830's, that means Samsung scales their production *way* up, which eventually translates to cheaper 830's for everybody else (meaning for your PC).

June 14, 2012 | 12:46 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Could it be with more production dedicated to
Crapple, there is less supply for the retail channels and consequently, higher prices?

June 14, 2012 | 04:11 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

Apple comps will always be the Fisher Price of the computer world. Made for senior citizens ,kids and people with no computer or tech smarts. That's why they make them simple enough that even a toddler can use it. Think of it like books,see spot run (mac) vs. Lord of the rings [pc). Apple store "genius" bar has a long line, Microsoft store does not. My opinion anyways .

June 14, 2012 | 09:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

its like a car you can't change the oil or tires on, instead when your tires and oil need to be replaced, you have to buy an entire new car.

thats a lot of waste.

and on top of all of that insult, they make you pay a premium to be in the cult, ehm i mean to be a customer.

June 14, 2012 | 10:33 PM - Posted by Thomas (not verified)

No one freaking upgrades their stupid laptop ! Apple is highest quality but is overpriced . Some people Don't mind paying extra . Let this anti apple crying cease

June 15, 2012 | 09:58 PM - Posted by TrishaWarEagle (not verified)

A lot of people upgrade their laptops..I personally just got a new 512gb SSD and 16gb ram because adding it myself cost about 550 dollars vs the 1200 approx. upgrade to get it shipped with those specs.

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