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Hi all.

 

I just ordered the Corsair P128 for m 13" MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz. Very excited. :D:

 

Do any of you have this combination, and have you applied the EFI firmware update 1.7 for your MBPs? Has it been working since the update? I ask because there seems to be many folks having issues post 1.7 update with their drives (not necessary SSDs but HDs as well) randomly freezing.

 

Please share your experiences with the P128/P256 and EFI firmware update 1.7. Thanks!

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Hi Ram Guy. So, to confirm, if we're using the latest Apple OS (10.5.7) with a P256 (clean install, quick format) and install the EFI 1.7 to a new MacBook Pro 15", we should be running fine? I currently have two P256s in my MBP in a RAID 0 setup (took out the optical drive) and while this is working nicely I wouldn't mind getting the improvement. But only if it works!

 

FYI - here's the XBench. http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc1=380921

 

 

Thanks!

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I am sorry I have no specific information on any new updates only as of about a month ago there are no issues with the latest version of the Mac O.S.

I would suggest asking Apple if the update applies to you.

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Hi Ram Guy. So, to confirm, if we're using the latest Apple OS (10.5.7) with a P256 (clean install, quick format) and install the EFI 1.7 to a new MacBook Pro 15", we should be running fine? I currently have two P256s in my MBP in a RAID 0 setup (took out the optical drive) and while this is working nicely I wouldn't mind getting the improvement. But only if it works!

 

FYI - here's the XBench. http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc1=380921

 

 

Thanks!

 

Hi. If you decide to update to 1.7, can you post how it goes? Thanks!

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its very strongly recommended you do not update to 1.7 or you may have an paper weight MAC that will not boot up properly (the 10-20 sec hang problems) or not boot the HDD/SDD at all

if your buying an mac make sure it has 1.6 EFI installed if it has 1.7 give it them back and tell them it will not work correcty due to EFI 1.7

 

13" or 15" EFI 1.7 = fail, the 17" mac seem OK but risk still there if updated

 

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2054387&tstart=0 (21 pages :( look at the last 3-4 pages around page 18 on wards)

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=79841

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its very strongly recommended you do not update to 1.7 or you may have an paper weight MAC that will not boot up properly (the 10-20 sec hang problems) or not boot the HDD/SDD at all

if your buying an mac make sure it has 1.6 EFI installed if it has 1.7 give it them back and tell them it will not work correcty due to EFI 1.7

 

13" or 15" EFI 1.7 = fail, the 17" mac seem OK but risk still there if updated

 

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2054387&tstart=0 (21 pages :( look at the last 3-4 pages around page 18 on wards)

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=79841

 

Thanks for the link. Just read through the discussion. Took me a good couple hours. :o:

 

Hopefully it's something that can be corrected through software.

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its very strongly recommended you do not update to 1.7 or you may have an paper weight MAC that will not boot up properly (the 10-20 sec hang problems) or not boot the HDD/SDD at all

if your buying an mac make sure it has 1.6 EFI installed if it has 1.7 give it them back and tell them it will not work correcty due to EFI 1.7

 

13" or 15" EFI 1.7 = fail, the 17" mac seem OK but risk still there if updated

 

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2054387&tstart=0 (21 pages :( look at the last 3-4 pages around page 18 on wards)

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=79841

 

I have the 1.7 EFI installed on my 13" MBP 2.53 Ghz with the P256 SSD and it works without any issues. The X-Bench scores almost doubled after the update and the computer feels faster when copying large files as well as handling large files in intensive applications like Photoshop CS4.

 

Just my two cents.

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I have the 1.7 EFI installed on my 13" MBP 2.53 Ghz with the P256 SSD and it works without any issues. The X-Bench scores almost doubled after the update and the computer feels faster when copying large files as well as handling large files in intensive applications like Photoshop CS4.

 

Just my two cents.

 

Thanks for your response!

 

I have the 13" 2.26. Still running 1.6; P128 being delivered tomorrow. :biggrin:

 

I'm still trying to decide if I should be stable but run at 1.5 Gbps, or run at 3Gbps and risk stability.

 

Decisions, decisions.

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From what we have seen on the Apple forum and on our forum most of the users who have our drives and do this update are seeing the performance increase and no problems, but please by all means check for your self and for sure ask Apple Tech support before doing any update to be 100% sure.
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hi everyone.

 

i just bought a new mbp 2.26 13" and popped my P128 into it. It has firmware 1.7 btw. I ran xbench and got results that were not entirely thrilling.

The read speed for the Sequential Uncached Read is 176.01 mb/sec in the 256k block test which is pretty good; below the 220 mb/sec rated, but Im not complaining about that at all. What bothers me is that the highest write speed I got was 90.86 mb/sec on the 4k blocks in the Sequential Uncached Write Test.

 

I previously had this drive in an Asus 1005ha netbook with only SATA I and got over 100 mb/sec write speeds, so Im a little confused. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Are the some tweaks that need to be made?

 

Thanks,

 

Dave

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So I have the late 2008 unibody macbook with firmware 1.3. I believe Xbench is very unreliable but more importantly, are you running the xbench on a fresh install or have you loaded up the machine with your previous information. The best results will come from a fresh install after a format with just the O/S.

 

Nonetheless, while the results may not be as good, i think when you look real world tests comparing SDDs, you will see that the difference between a machine that can do say 220 mb/sec seqreads vs 175 seqreads is very small at best.

 

For comparisons, i ran xbench with my machine loaded (about 50% full) and got 178 on seq reads and 56 seq write (256 blocks).

 

BY the way, are 256 blocks the "top end" measure for these tests or would be 512k blocks etc?

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it was a completely new install. the only thing i loaded was the Apple Applications DVD. It didn't show 512k blocks only 256k. I was just surprised that the write was so low, I was expecting with SATA II enabled, that writes would be like 135-150. idk.
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I thought EFI 1.7 enabled Sata II. Do I need to tell

it to switch to Sata II somewhere? If someone can let me know

where that option is Ill go an do it.

I thought it must be Sata II since

I get writes over 170 mb/sec tho? Pleas lemme know

 

Thanks.

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