The test platform is a base model MacBook Pro 13" from Early 2011 (Intel Core i5 2.3GHz, 4GB DDR3-1333).
Hitachi 5K500 320GB hard drive (5400rpm)
Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB hard drive (7200rpm)
Solid State Drive Firmware Versions
Corsair Force Series GT: 1.3.3
Crucial m4: FW009
Kingston HyperX: 332
OCZ Vertex 3: 2.15
Other World Computing Mercury Electra 6G: 332
Testing Configuration and Software
InTech QuickBench 4.0
BlackMagic Disk Speed Test 2.1
A base OS X Lion 10.7.2 install is used for the operating system.
All tests were performed 5 times each, and the average of all test runs were used as the results. Before the QuickBench and BlackMagic Speed Test, the SSD drives were cleared using Parted Magic's Secure Erase function and the hard drives were formatted.
For the real world file copy tests and boot speed tests, an identical system image based on my personal OS X install was used. Wifi was turned off, and bootup applications included atMonitor and Google Chromium.
The hard drives and SSDs were connected to the SATA 6G connector in the optical bay using the OWC Data Doubler.
Mac Performance Testing Results
Magic Speed Test, the SSD drives were cleared using Parted Magic's Secure Erase function and the hard drives were forma