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Patriot Memory 2.5インチSATA接続SSD 240GB PW240GS25SSDR
エンタープライズクラスのパフォーマンスを実現するPatriot製SSD Wildfireシリーズ。コントローラーにSandForce SF-2200シリーズを採用、SATA III 6Gbpsインターフェイスを持つ2.5インチSSDです。《仕様》【型番】 PW240GS25SSDR【容量】 240GB【規格】 2.5インチ【インターフェイス】 SATA III 6Gbps【フラッシュタイプ】 MLC【コントローラー】 SandForce SF-2200シリーズ・NCQ、Trim対応
I'm new to solid state drives. So, I can only compare this drive to mainly low or medium level, typical hard drives. I've never even owned a Caviar Black or Raptor drives, anything with a high RPM. I'm a bit nervous about the failures that people say they've experienced. My drive came with the 3.2 firmware, and I know that 3.3 is out, but there's no update software for Mac, and I may just leave the firmware as it is.
I'm currently using the drive in a MacBook 13" unibody (2010 version), with 8GB of ram, and a 2.3ghz core 2 processor. Even without the firmware update, and having so, so specifications (also running on SATA 2) I noticed definite speed improvements in opening programs, boot time, downloads, itunes, etc.
1. I was disappointed in the boot time; I expected the Mac logo to disappear much quicker, but the difference is more in the time taken to get to a functioning desktop. Once the Mac logo disappears, the system is ready to go. There's no long wait for all the icons and programs to load.
2. Photoshop takes loads in a second, or a little over...and it's ready to go, and closes just as quickly.
3. I've noticed that things download faster...not just downloading files, but loading web pages.
4. In iTunes, I noticed that there's no delay in loading the album art, while I'm zipping through cover flow.
I won't be really pushing the drive, until I move the drive to the PC build that I'm working on. The specs for that would be higher across the board:
6 core 3930k 3.2ghz
1600mhz quad channel ram 16gbs
...and using the sata 3 interface
So, when I finally put that system together, I should notice an even bigger difference, and I'll update.
I still haven't made my PC build, but I have noticed some other advantages of the solid state drive, in my MacBook.
I'm not sure what difference has occurred, but now, when I start my MacBook, it powers to the desktop so quickly that, at first, I thought I'd been putting my computer in sleep mode, and it's highly obvious, compared to MacBooks of my classmates.
The battery life has almost doubled. It depends on what I'm doing on the computer, but, usually, from a full charge, the battery life would only be about 4-5 hrs, max, and that's with the screen dimmed. Now, with the solid state, I get around 7-8 hrs, as long as I'm not uing Photoshop, or a lot of multi-tasking, and, even then, the battery life is a little longer than usual, by at least an hour.
So far, a week in, the drive hasn't had any issues, even without updating the firmware.
A 25% failure rate from drives that had the best benchmarks of all SSDs at the time we bought them is really disappointing.
I realize now that these drives have a 3 year warranty, so I want to see about getting them replaced or refunded. If replaced, what assurance is there that drive failures will not continue to occur and that the replacement drives will have superior quality.
After reading some of the potential solutions related to the Wiper utility and firmware updates, I hooked these to my machine through an external USB . However, the drives were never recognized by the machine. I since found in Patriot's knowledge base the work around for getting firmware updates completed and this has worked for one drive.
The drives that failed have been replaced with Samsung 256GB SSDs, which have all worked well on the order of 5-6 months. That's longer than 3 of the 4 failed Patriot drives lasted. Cost of SSDs in this size range has fallen and the Samsung drives now run about $190 while the Patriots are now at $370.
What is the process for getting these Patriot drives replaced or refunded under warranty? After seeing that PatriotMemory support responded to several people who listed problems with these drives in their Amazon reveiws, I wrote to the email address they gave but have received no reponse after 3 weeks. Disappointment continues.
Install was a hitch and the drive was recognized with no issues. I also bootcamped with Windows 7 and all went smoothly.
Performance wise I am getting 400mb/s ish in write and read with quickbench 4.0. Now it is not advertised specifications but I see they now have a mac series XT.
Also updating the firmware on the mac is not possible and trying it in bootcamp has some issues to where the firmware seems like it is completed but it didn't update. I checked forums and some else actually posted this issue and patriot memory is looking into it.
So the meantime I just updated the firmware in my PC and it updated just fine without losing my data which is nice.