New MacBooks Carry Outdated SATA

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New MacBooks Carry Outdated SATA
 
The economic downturn is hitting everyone and Apple seems to be no exception. The Mac manufacturer is reportedly cutting costs by turning to outdated parts on its new MacBook Pro models.
 
According to rumoured reports from users posted on MacRumours, the new 13” and 15” MacBook Pro versions released by Apple last week carry an older version of the SATA interface on the hard drive. Instead of the standard 3.0Gbps SATA controllers that are standard on the 17” MacBook Pro, the 13” MacBook, and the 13” MacBook Air, these new models reportedly have a 1.5Gbps SATA controller.
 
This is a major downgrade that will go unnoticed by most regular users; but if someone switches over to high-performance SSDs from the standard HDD, they might experience a significant drop in performance.
 
The move is a surprising one due to multiple reasons. On the one hand, SSDs are growing in popularity quickly among laptop users due to their high-end performance and affordability; on the other hand Apple is known for the high standards it sets for its flagship MacBook line of notebooks.
 
While the rumour has started picking up speed, there has been no move from Apple to either deny or confirm it. The possibility has been expressed that the lower performance felt by some users might just be a minor issue with the driver, which could be fixed by a simple firmware upgrade. However, unless Apple comes clean on it, chances of the rumour dying seem to be low.
 
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10-06-2009, 17:45:11

Homez
hmm some of the parts are still in transit. lol
but in the end i will have:
gigabyte ex-58 extreme
i7 920 - try to get around 3.6ghz
ocz 6gb blade tri-ch ddr3-16000 ram
gtx 280 OC2- soon to be sli
haf932 case
2x 500gb SATA II HD
samsung sn-203
water cooling system

so what do you recommend?

thx for the reply ;)

10-06-2009, 17:48:40

Msm2
First I would try some of the PSU calculators that can be found on the net. Corsair do one.

10-06-2009, 17:51:33

Homez
cheers ill check it out

10-06-2009, 17:52:27

rapidman17

hmm some of the parts are still in transit. lol
but in the end i will have:
gigabyte ex-58 extreme
i7 920 - try to get around 3.6ghz
ocz 6gb blade tri-ch ddr3-16000 ram
gtx 280 OC2- soon to be sli
haf932 case
2x 500gb SATA II HD
samsung sn-203
water cooling system

so what do you recommend?

thx for the reply ;)



quite a system you got going there mate,

I think the Antec is better, it marginally beat a 700w version of the thermaltake.....

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/Antec_850w_Quattro/index3.shtml

10-06-2009, 17:59:31

Homez
just done the calculator and it stated in sli i would need 780w psu but as i currently do not have an sli setup (sometime in the future) i think an 850w psu would be perfect.

10-06-2009, 18:01:53

Msm2
See what reviews are about on the 2 PSUs that you are considering.They should help you make your mind up.

10-06-2009, 18:06:14

Homez
thx for the reply m8
the only problem is that i read somewhere that components had been changed from the 700w toughpower psu's and the 850w> psu's and i can not seem to find a a good comparison between the the antec and toughpower at 850w

if anyone has tested the or tried the two any help would be majorly appreciated

10-06-2009, 18:08:21

Msm2
May be difficult then,have a word with Jim he may know.

10-06-2009, 18:16:53

Homez
worst things is both of the psu's have recieved amazing reviews and makes it even hardter to to choose also i do not think they have been compared...
how can i contact jim?

cheers

11-06-2009, 03:43:15

Jim
I'd go with the Toughpower personally. Why? Mostly because the Quattro has a rather noisy 80mm fan and fewer modular connectors than the Toughpower.

In terms of performance they are both great units.
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