Upgrade my iBook G4 with a SSD


I have upgrade my iBook G4 to SSD on 2013/10/11 Fri. The disk access feels much faster than the internal 4200RPM IDE or an external FireWire 7200RPM 3.5″ WD 160GB IDE. My left hand also feels much cooler when typing on this notebook.

Here is the disk test result by Xbench 1.3 on MacOS 10.3.9. The bottle neck should be IDE and the SSD to IDE convertor. A SSD with native Sata 2/3 will perform even better. Compare to other IDE drive, the transfer rate is improved. Also, the SSD should perform better on access time than hard drive.

Test Result after Upgrade to SSD

Disk Test    127.11

Sequential    90.98

Uncached Write    106.28    65.26 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write    92.56    52.37 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read    63.16    18.48 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read    126.25    63.45 MB/sec [256K blocks]

Random    210.87

Uncached Write    208.45    22.07 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write    95.73    30.65 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read    1032.66    7.32 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read    362.66    67.29 MB/sec [256K blocks]

The SSD and SATA to IDE Adapter

The 30GB SSD comes with a Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller which is the same as some Mac Book Air and Kingston V+ 100 series.

How I fit a 30GB SSD in iBook G4
Fit a 30GB SSD in iBook G4

Why Choose SSD with Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller

I choose it for two reasons:

  1. Size – it’s too crowded to put both an 2.5″ SSD and a SSD to IDE convertor
  2. Trim – MacOS 10.3.x doesn’t support Trim. To keep the SSD performance top, I need a controller which may do garbage collection more aggressively.

This small 30GB SSD looks like the photo in AdvandTech’s review of Kingstone SSDNow V Series and they also provides a very detail explain and comparison on how Toshiba T6UG1XBG handle with garbage collection.

Reference

  1. AnandTech: Intel’s X25-V & Kingston’s 30GB SSDNow V Series: Battle of the $125 SSDs
  2. AnandTech: Kingston SSDNow V+100 Review
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s