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2013 MacBook Pro Retina and later
2013 and later MacBook Air
Virtual Memory with 64-bit Snow Leopard Kernel (MacBook Pro)
Related: Macs, Storage, MacBook Pro, Memory, MacBook Pro and MacBook, Software, Optimization
This page shows the results using the 64-bit Snow Leopard kernel.
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The run-away winner is the dual OWC Mercury Extreme solid state drive in RAID-0 stripe setup. Use of a 16K stripe size is fastest, but 32K and 64K are not far behind.
Hard drives are no match for the fast solid state drives used here, but among the hard drives, the Hitachi 500GB Travelstar 7K500 is a standout.