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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Olalla, WA
Re: Benchmarking - 10-29-2008, 04:01 AM
I think it was a bit over a month.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Re: Benchmarking - 11-26-2008, 08:58 PM
I just ran xbench on mine (16GB STEC drive w/2GB ram) and came up with some much worse results performance wise on the drive:
Your 8GB drive had double the uncached read and write speeds of my 16GB. Anyone seen this?
I also noticed your OpenGL speeds are much better, what exactly did you change in OSX86tools?
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Re: Benchmarking - 03-22-2009, 07:25 PM
I just upgraded to a SuperTalent 32 Gig SSD, which cost just a tick over $90 with shipping from NewEgg.com. I ordered my Mini 9 with the 16 Gig SD from Dell (not sure which Make of SSD they use). Although there's been a lot of discussion here about various brands of SSD, most seem to favor the "RunCore" due to its faster performance. It also seems to cost quite a bit more. After backing up my Mini's OS-X install (I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone it to an external 20 Gig USB HD), I restored it to the NEW 32 Gig SSD, again using CCC. After restoring it to my Mini, it wouldn't boot, so I re-ran the Dell EFI software USB patchstick I originally created to get OS-X running on my Mini (thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this process easier, even for a novice like me!). Once I was able to boot from the new SSD, I performed a couple of "real world" tests. FIrst, I opened the Safari web browser, but it seemed to periodically give me the "dreaded spinning beach ball of death". I then moved on to playing videos. I figured this would give the best real-world test of performance, since it's one of the most demanding tasks your computer has to perform. The video playback seemed OK, but the audio was, to say the least, CHOPPY. I was worried this problem was directly related to the new SSD's performance - not a good thing! Still, before facing the prospect of having to put the old 16 Gig SSD back, I wanted to see if the problem might be software related. BOY AM I GLAD I DID! As it turned out, the problem was the version of of the Dell EFI installer I had run in OS-X. It seems that I somehow did not have the latest version. Once I downloaded the latest version:
It fixed everything. No more jerky audio when playing videos, even when playing video files installed on an SD card installed in the card reader slot! Just wanted to let folks know in case they run into similar issues.
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