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Super Blade Flash Storage = More Speed and Capacity for Macs

Originally posted July 15th, 2016 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

Trans International has released a Flash Storage upgrade, "Super Blade," that is fully compatible with 'late 2013' (and newer) MacBook Pros and 'late 2013' Mac Pros. We gave it a test drive.

GRAPH LEGEND
nMP 1TB Super = 1TB TransIntl Super Blade SSD flash storage in 'late 2013' Mac Pro
nMP 512G Factory = 512GB Apple factory flash storage in 'late 2013' Mac Pro
rMBP 1TB Super = 1TB TransIntl Super Blade SSD flash storage in 'late 2013' MacBook Pro
rMBP 256G Factory = 256GB Apple factory flash storage in 'late 2013' MacBook Pro
rMBP 128G Factory = 128GB Apple factory flash storage in 'late 2013' MacBook Pro

LARGE SEQUENTIAL TRANSFER TEST
We used AJA System Test to benchmark file level sequential transfer speed using a 16GB test size. (
LONGEST graph bar means the fastest overall in Megabytes per Second.)

SMALL RANDOM TRANSFER TEST
The QuickBench small random test uses 4K to 1024K test sizes. Though large sequential benchmarks are impressive, OS X and many apps perform small random read/write actions. (
LONGEST graph bar means the fastest overall in Megabytes per Second.)

WHAT DID WE LEARN?
Your Pro Mac can have a storage upgrade with both SPEED and CAPACITY.

The 'late 2013' Mac Pro is one of my favorite Macs. It's quiet, cool, and fast. If it's your long term 'ride,' it's great to know that you can expand both the speed and capacity of the storage easily with a product like the Super Blade.

If you are happy with your 'late 2013' MacBook Pro (13 inch or 15 inch) but are wishing for faster storage and lots of it, you should consider the Super Blade. If you have a 2014 or 2015 MacBook Pro with 'anemic' capacity, it's nice to know you can increase that capacity without losing any speed or TRIM support.

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WHERE TO BUY THE SUPER BLADE
Order direct from Trans International.

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