While the MacBook Air is already an ultra-fast beast of an ultra-light notebook, they may soon be able to run even faster, thanks to a new lineup of SATA III blade SSD’s from Samsung.
Anandtech reports that the Samsung PM810, which is a custom variant to the drives already inside of the 2011 MacBook Air, has received a significant upgrade with the introduction of the Samsung PM830.
The PM830 is latest generation of Samsung’s compact blade-style SSD’s, and cam achieve up to 500MB/s read speeds, as well as 350MB/s write speeds, blowing Samsung’s current series of blade SSD’s way, way out of the water – between 1.5 and 2x the speed of what the MacBook Air SSDs can currently achieve.
Further, The new drive will also be shipping with up to 512GB capacity, bringing a new option for users that require a bit more storage space in their MacBook Air – although I’m sure it will come at a premium price.
The question arises of whether or not the growing tension between Samsung and Apple will prevent these new drives from landing in Apple’s next generation of the MacBook Air. My take, however, is that Samsung will have a difficult time refusing Apple’s gobs of cash.
Even if Samsung won’t provide these for Apple, now that Samsung has made blade SSDs like this, its only a matter of time before other manufacturers will start cranking these new faster units out as well.