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OCZ unveils Mac Edition SSD, notebook RAM

updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed April 8, 2009

OCZ Vertex SSD Mac Edition

OCZ has swung its attention towards Macs by launching storage and memory specifically geared towards iMacs, MacBooks and Mac minis. The Vertex Series Mac Edition is specifically validated in Apple's testing centers to work in the MacBook and MacBook Pro and provides much faster speeds than the stock rotating hard disks, reading data at 240MB per second and writing it at up to 170MB per second (100MB sustained). OCZ vows not only faster load times but also the improved battery life and impact resistance inherent to most SSDs.

The drives come in the same 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities as regular Vertex models and should be available soon, though any pricing differences between the Mac Edition and regular models aren't made clear, nor are whether the drives will be pre-formatted for HFS+ or support firmware updates through Mac OS X.

OCZ's memory kits come in the form of DDR2-667 and DDR3-1066 versions intended both for older (with DDR2) and current-generation (DDR3) Macs. Both are again tested in Apple labs; bundles come designed with Apple's normal configurations in mind and will be available in either individual 2GB sticks or 2x2GB bundles. Prices and exact availability aren't mentioned.

by MacNN Staff



  1. statbit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just put one in

    Strange timing on the article. I just dropped the 250G into my MBP 15 last night. Unfortunately, updating the firmware on the drive requires windows (if I understand correctly, one with an intel motherboard/chipset as well). The drive is extremely fast, and makes a tremendous difference in login and app load time.

    The anandtech article on the drives is very informative as well, for those who are curious.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So, is there any actual difference other than "tested in Apple's centers?" Any firmware differences? Any price differences? How about some more info here?


    Joined: Dec 1969


    These rock

    A friend just bought a 30 GB OCZ SSD as an internal boot drive for his MBP. It boots from off to Finder in something like 13 seconds. Safari and other apps launch in half a bounce.The storage size/price point hasn't reached my comfort level yet, but I want one.Hopefully the Mac certification doesn't just mean an extra $100 for the same thing with a new label. :-)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: These rock

    Man, 30GB? Must be nice to be able to afford such a high-cost mac and then not do so much with it that you can opt for boot speed over storage space...

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I really want this for my next iMac, but with the ability to also have my 1TB drive. I'm sure there is enough room under the hood on a 24" to do this!

    Any thought?

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