Angelbird Now Selling Mac SSDs with TRIM Support

Posted by at 4:10 pm on October 13, 2014

Angelbird SSD for Macbook

Installing an SSD in a MacBook is hard since Apple has disabled TRIM commands for non-OEM drives. Now, you can enable these commands with a software trick for third party SSDS, but now, there is a new solution.

Angelbird, an Austrian SSD manufacturer, has announced its SSD wrk for Mac, which according to the company is the first and only third-party SSD to natively support TRIM commands on Macs. Beyond that, it’s not a bad SSD, either; it comes in capacities ranging from 128 GB through 512 GB, carries a Silicon Motion 2246EN controller, and has MLC NAND flash.

Read speeds will soar as high as 563 MB/s over a SATA3 (6 Gb/s) interface, while write speeds range from 149 MB/s to 450 MB/s, with the higher-capacity SSD performingfaster. Angelbird has rated the SSDs with an MTBF of two million hours.

TRIM commands are considered a necessity on SSDs because they ensure that the drive knows which data blocks are unused, allowing the SSD to handle the garbage collection process to minimizing performance degradation and increasing the drive’s lifetime.

Angelbird priced the SSDs at $99.99 for the 128 GB drive, $159.99 for the 256 GB unit, and $299.99 for the biggest 512 GB SSD.

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