Wintec FileMate SolidGO ExpressCard 34 SSD de 128 GB
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- 128 GB de alta velocidad Disk
- de estado sólido ExpressCard/34Velocidad de hasta 165 MB/s (lectura) y 120 MB/s (escritura) de transferencia
- Adecuado para Windows y Mac systems
- Más rápido SSD ExpressCard disponibles today
- Bajo consumo de energía
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128 GB Ultra alta velocidad ExpressCard 34 desde el rango Wintec FileMate. Transferencia de velocidades de hasta 165 MB/s (lectura) y 120 MB/s (escritura). Ideal para la instalación del sistema operativo y adecuados para los sistemas Windows y Mac.
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In my machine with a 2.5GHz Core i7 Quad-Core Processor, it boots in under 5 seconds. Also, it appears to support TRIM (needed to use TRIM Enabler for OS X though). Overall, I'd say it has been a decent purchase so far. I am satisfied with the speed, though I wish it were less expensive. I'll update the review if/when it dies... ;)
-Typical SSD Pros (Fast, No Moving Parts, etc.)
-128GB is a nice size
-Machine boots in ≈5 Seconds
-2 Year Warranty
-Runs a little hotter than I'd like
-Bad reviews from others make me nervous
(For those who care, I believe it has a JMicron 612 controller)
Update after ≈6 months: Things are still running smoothly!
My major concern with this drive was reliability. Some have reported drive failures. Simply put, I have used this drive as my main boot disc for almost 6 months with no issues whatsoever. In the end this drive held up to daily use and I continue to use it as a storage device now.
As it turns out, the major issue was space. 128Gb is pretty large, but it turns out to be quite small when loading multiple programs and large Aperture libraries. While I have been considering moving from managed library to a referenced library, I haven't done that yet. I decided to buy a 480Gb internal SSD for these space issues. Further, the drive I bought manages the location of multiple reads and writes to increase reliability.
A second downside is cost per Gb compared to an internal SSD. This drive costs $2/Gb while the internal drive I bought (OWC 6G Mercury Extreme) turned out to be 84 cents per Gb. Granted, the ExpressCard format is almost certainly lower in demand and more specialized, which drives up price.
A third issue is that the drive, because it was being used as a boot drive, limited my ability to use the ExpressCard Slot. This turned out to be an issue only because my ExpressCard SD card reader appears to be VERY fast and able to take advantage of the speed increases seen on some of the newer SD cards. As macs have not adopted USB3.0 and there are no SD firewire 800 or Thunderbolt readers, importing 1000 RAW images from an SD card can be MUCH faster using the ExpressCard reader. This is a minor issue, but did play a part in my deciding to buy the internal SSD.
My last complaint is that the label, a sticker, started to come off while the drive was in the computer. The lifted paper caused the drive to be slightly difficult to remove.
Overall, I recommend this device.
The reality of it though, after doing speed tests on all of my hard drives, is this. I used the free ATTO Disk Benchmark for my tests. My primary SSD boot drive is over 4 times faster than my physical 7200 RPM drive. This Wintec SSD is about 50% faster than my physical drive. So it doesn't compare to an SSD plugged directly into the mother board, but it is just enough faster than my physical drive that I copied my games over to it, freed up 45GB so far on my primary SSD, and my games are running perfectly from this drive. I can't notice any speed degradation, though it's doubtful I'd be able to tell anyways since the system is pretty tweaked out (a $5,000 Dell notebook).
So bottom line I'll say the Wintec is 50% faster than a physical drive, and that's good enough for me (though barely). The cost per gigabyte as others have stated isn't great, but that's not what I got it for. I want to free up my primary SSD for business, and I have as much ExpressCard space for my games as I need. I just bought another one of these so I know I'll never run out of SSD space. So I'm happy.
By the way, I was expecting read and write speeds to be significantly different on each drive, similar to thumb drives, where the read speed can be up to 4 times faster than the write speed. But for all 3 drives tested, the speeds were only about 10% different from each other - between read and write speeds on the same device. So SSD has come a long way.
I was considering getting a 34mm to 54mm stabilizer, but this card fits very snugly, so no need.
This appears to be the only ExpressCard SSD on the market and is the maximum size you can get.
Updated 8/14/2016 *****************************
I have to modify this review. I really wanted to get some good use out of my ExpressCard slot and wanted to justify buying this, but I can't anymore. You can get USB 3.0 Thumb drives that are cheaper but operate almost 10 times faster than this card. I've found a good use for the one I bought, but in the future it's USB 3.0 thumb drives only.
Note though. The cheaper USB 3.0 thumb drives are only a tiny bit faster than USB 2.0 thumb drives. If you want the power of USB 3.0, you've got to spend the money. A great USB 3.0 thumb drive is about 28 times faster than a cheaper one. There are good benchmark articles on the web.
This is a fantastic addition to my MacBook Pro. I keep the operating system and all applications on there, and I keep my home directory on the internal disk (a 480GB 6G SSD). Not only does the MacBook boot as quickly as my top-of-the-line MacBook Air using the ExpressCard/34 SSD, but I can do a full re-install of MacOSX (e.g. when it's time to upgrade to a new major version) without touching the drive that has my home directory (personal files, virtual machines, photos, videos, etc.) Time Machine keeps track of both drives separately as well.
If you are lucky enough to have a 17" MacBook Pro, you are afforded a massive amount of expandability and flexibility. Being able to do a full re-install without touching /Users/... is a massive benefit alone. The boot time and application startup times being about 1/10 what they were with the stock 750GB drive (if not better) is huge. Upgrading to the retina display MacBook, you get one SSD and that's it. On the 17" 2011 MacBook Pro, you get 3x the expandability; using the OWC add-on to replace the optical drive with a third (960 GB) SSD you have an unbeatable machine. Two big thumbs up for this product - it's the absolute best option for putting *something* in that slot, and taking advantage of the expandability will do wonders in terms of making your machine faster than it's ever been.
Upon first installation into the ExpressCard slot the MacBook Pro said it could not read the Wintec FileMate 128 GB ExpressCard SSD, but after formatting using Disk Utility it has worked flawlessly. So now I have a legacy machine and a (fast) modern machine in one shell.
The final MacBook Pro 17" quad i7 (2011) with a Thunderbolt port is no doubt faster than mine, but it cannot run 10.6.8 and cost twice as much. The Wintec FileMate 128 GB ExpressCard SSD has proven to be a nice equalizer.