One problem that all the Mac users with Old Macs & newer Lower-end Macs use to face is that their storage speeds simply do not match up with the latest 2017 SSDs that are responsible for Awesome System Snappiness & Super Fast Transfer Speeds. Well, Transcend has came up with a real simple but pretty useful way to overcome this bottleneck. So, they actually made the PCIe Gen 3 type JetDrive 820 SSDs that supports a variety of MACs. Here is the list,
|MacBook Air||11″ & 13″||Mid 2013 – 2017||MacBook Air 6,1 / 6,2 / 7,1 / 7,2|
|MacBook Pro (Retina®)||13″ & 15″||Late 2013 – Mid 2015||MacBook Pro 11,1 / 11,2 / 11,3 / 11,4 / 11,5 / 12,1|
|Mac mini||–||Late 2014||Mac mini 7,1|
|Mac Pro||–||Late 2013||Mac Pro 6,1|
Wait a second, there were JetDrives in the past right ? So what’s special about the JetDrive 820 ? Well, it’s their storage speeds. The JetDrive 820 is available in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB Storage capacities & Transcend claims that the 960GB variant can max out at 950 Megabytes Per Second Transfer Speeds for both Sequential Read & Sequential Write segments. Maybe that’s not the best speeds we’ve ever heard of but, considering the M.2 Sata SSDs, these are really fast.
Transcend also put up a video showcasing how you can replace the JetDrive 820 by yourself. The video a guide for the Macbooks only though. The Mac Mini & Mac Pro wasn’t included in this video.
Transcend also packs the two mandatory Screw Drivers right into the box along with the SSD. So, we can probably make some actual use of this tutorial video after all.
We want to mention one thing though. The mentioned Transfer Speed of 950 Megabites Per Second will decrease as the Capacity of the SSD decreases. So, the 480GB variant will have comparatively lower transfer speeds than the 960GB variant and then the 240GB variant will also have comparatively lower transfer speeds than the 480GB variant. So, keep that in mind.
Anyway, in case you’ve one of the supported Macs, are you looking forward to this upgrade ? Let us know in the Comments section below !