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The world’s fastest 13′ MacBook Pro – win the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo

The installation of SSD’s in MacBook Pro’s happens on a daily basis here at the hardwrk office. Therefore we have been playing with the idea of building the world’s fastest MacBook Pro with an SSD-Raid-0 for some time. We wanted to know how fast you could get the machine by using only standard components. After initial tests with different Raid setups and some failed attempts we bundled our know-how and built the ultimate killer machine: the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo. The monstrous power of a 13″-MacBook Pro combined with 16 GB DDR3 RAM and a 1 TB-Samsung 830 SATA III SSD as the biturbo’s heart bundled in a Raid-0. To put it short: the ultimate rocket machine! And the best thing about it? You can win the world’s fastest MacBook Pro!

SSD 830 biturbo SSD 830 biturbo

Building the fastest MacBook Pro really isn’t complicated at all. You just have to buy a few MacBook Pro’s, a whole bunch of SSD’s and a hardwrk adapter kit to test it. After a few weeks of investigation and research, drinking coffee / Club Mate by the gallon and unnumbered installations of Mac-OS-X you finally get the SSD-Raid-MacBook Pro rocket! The biggest obstacle in all this was the unclear SATA III compatibility in Apple’s MacBook Pros on the DVD drive’s SATA port. Since the use of this port is not intended by Apple we needed to painfully test this out and came to some interesting conclusions during this process (See info box SATA III in MacBook Pro).

hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo specs:

  1. Currently fastest Apple MacBook Pro 13″ as base (2,8GHz i7, Status as of 04/2012)
  2. Currently maximum possible RAM (2x 8GB Samsung Dimm = 16GB)
  3. SSD-RAID-0 for maximum data throughput and access times (the Samsung 830 series already are within the range of the fastest SSD’s on the market – in a Raid-0 the speed while cutting videos or other bandwidth-intense processes is intergalactic!)
  4. Engraving plus decent branding (matt black cover with white type labeling)
  5. Absolutely suitable for the everyday grind (Battery and heat development on standard level → no dirty hacks / over-clocking,…)
  6. Proudly manufactured by German nerds

Part list

Quantity Description Price
1 Apple MacBook Pro 13″, Intel Core i7-2640M, 2,8GHz, 4GB RAM 1385 EUR
2 Samsung 830 512GB SATAIII-SSD (Big Thanks goes to Samsung for sponsoring these nice SSDs!) 1227,98 EUR
2 Samsung 8 GB DDR3-1333PC3-10600 SO-DIMM 310 EUR
1 hardwrk SSD/HDD Adapter Kit 79 EUR
TOTAL: ~ 3000 EUR


Action Speed
Mac OS X complete boot up  19,7 sec
Mac OS X reboot  16 sec
MacBook Pro wakeup  3,2 sec
App: Eclipse start  4,3 sec
App: Photoshop start  1,7 sec
Finder: 1GB zip-file decompression  4,9 sec
Finder: 1GB zip-file compression  38,7 sec

Some numbers from our Xbench test:

Memory Test (System)

Allocate Fill Copy
8.91 Malloc/sec 22,348.95 MB/sec 14,347.55 MB/sec

Disk Test (Sequentiell)

Uncached Write Uncached Read
4k blocks 256k blocks 4k blocks 256k blocks
951.25 MB/sec 495.57 MB/sec 33.95 MB/sec 564.11 MB/sec

SATAIII and the MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro generally supports SATA III on the HDD SATA port since version 8.1 (early 2011). The port of the optical drive supports SATA III since the „late 2011“ models (same version number). The peculiarity though is that SATA III only works stable on the optical drive’s port in the 13″ MacBook Pro. The 15 and 17′ models have significant problems with SATA III SSD/HDD on the optical drive’s port. For the time being, it is not clear if this malfunction will be resolved by a firmware-update by Apple or if this is even caused by a cable which does not specify for SATA III.

Modell SATA-III on HDD-Port SATA-III on DVD Port
MacBook Pro 15′ (early 2011) x – (SATAIII devices run at SATAII speed)
MacBook Pro 13′ (early 2011) x – (SATAIII devices run at SATAII speed)
MacBook Pro 15′ (late 2011) x o (possible in theory, many problems in practice)
MacBook Pro 13′ (late 2011) x x (fully working! *yeah!*)

See it in action!

How to win the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo

In order to win the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo, you have to at least write a comment at the bottom of this blogpost about why you want to win this badly and in addition share our campaign (Twitter, facebook, Google+). Everybody who participates will take part in the drawing of the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo.

Please attach the link to your social media share and a valid email address that we will be able to contact you -> otherwise you will not participate!!

Deadline is April 20th 2012, so be fast!

We’re looking forward to your extroverted statements!

A special thank you goes to Samsung who were so kind to provide us with the SSDs to make this happen.

UPDATE – April 21th 2012

Thanks for participating! Our contest is closed now!!
We will publish the winner of the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo during the next week and update this blogpost soon.

The hardwrk team

P.S. Please check our SSD-references and our latest product: The iPhone 5 Massive Dock

UPDATE: Check our new product –  SATA3 Adapter SSD Bundle

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10.077 Antworten auf The world’s fastest 13′ MacBook Pro – win the hardwrk SSD 830 biturbo

  1. SEAN sagt:

    wow that is stunning for a macbook pro that is only 13 inches !!!

  2. Mats sagt:

    That Shit Cray!

    Give Away?

    Make My Day!!!

  3. Kody Lenahan sagt:

    Man , I want that thing. My friends always brag how they have a faster laptop and mine
    Is just a slow pos man they would crap their pants if they saw me with this

  4. Susan sagt:

    I need one!

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  7. Codi sagt:

    I’m a student… i need to work with a computer everyday. And if i become a famous scientist.. I’d like to give credit to a laptop that has saved me so much time and effort. That really helped me keep interest in my work. Hahaha I’ve ALWAYS wanted a Mac, and never had the means to get one. This is a sweet chance…

  8. Michael sagt:

    It would be SO nice to have this…imagine if I actually got picked!

  9. mitch sagt:

    so cool

  10. Matija sagt:

    I have never heard for MacBook! I’m from Eastern Europe.

  11. jackie sagt:

    it would be cool if i won :p


    All i hAve to say this computer is the fastest one i seen and i would love to get a hold of it i mean i am going to attend college next year and having this computer would be a dream come true <3

  13. Carlos Peña Amoraga sagt:

    A good machine
    Apple is what it is today thanks to advances like these teams and
    Greetings from Spain

  14. Christele Jao Amoyan sagt:

    My two wilder than wildest wish? First is to change the world, second – to own a MacBook! Be my Santa Claus, please?

  15. Hollie sagt:

    WOW, that’s freaking incredible ^_^ .

  16. Joppe Vandewalle sagt:

    Will you really give one away?
    I want this so bad!
    I don’t have enough money to buy one!



  17. Maria Perdomo sagt:

    The best tool for a graphic designer like me. Very cool, I love her. please. VENEZUELA <3

  18. Rick van Dijk sagt:

    I am trying this with a late 2011 MBP 15″ with the same Samsung 830 drives… it just won’t work… tried god damnit everything yesterday and yet noooo…. wasted money for the 2nd ssd and that motherfucker just won’t work.
    I tested both Lion and Mountain Lion and it just, just won’t work… the fuck, really..

  19. aldorr sagt:

    I’m kind of drooling…

  20. JKOner sagt:

    This is amazing! Congratulations! This will impact the world…

  21. zuzar sagt:

    wow, something like that for uni and work will be great

  22. syeung sagt:

    WOW! Good for my studies! Need it for my college!

  23. Rejith sagt:

    Best laptop ever …fast in performance,cool design, and best os…best laptop for research and study

  24. I have tried to make the fastest 13″ Pro! But this is my MBP SSD Dream-Machine.

  25. neobd sagt:

    wish to have it!!

  26. Dan sagt:

    Looks unbeatable. I’m going to conduct a hunger strike until I get one of these behemoths. Great job guys!

  27. Sofia Julia sagt:

    Well…I’m 11 years old and I want the computer because mine is pink and is vaio and is really slow please I want to win the MacBook. Please !!!

  28. Pavel sagt:

    Always wanted to collect something like that myself.
    You embody made ​​my dream a reality.
    I would be happy for the winner, who will get it.

  29. dash. sagt:

    Hey. this is insane..
    Love it… :)

  30. Martin Nordlund sagt:

    Need a shcool computer, so i would really apreciate it. My family cant really afford a laptop, so i use a stationary we have at home. Getting a laptop would make taking notes etc. much easier at school.

  31. Martin Nordlund sagt:

    Damn typed my email wrong… This is the right one.

  32. Rachel De Veth sagt:

    OMG this is soo cool i have always wanted one of these!!

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  34. Sandy Guzman Encarnacion sagt:

    Well now i can lave with this

  35. Stefanie sagt:

    Wow that’s jUst amazing, i’d love to have that in my house,
    can’t believe they’re giving it away i’d love to have one!

  36. andrea torres sagt:

    my god I want one of those please jajajja

  37. jose carlos zepeda gutierrez sagt:

    wow this is amazing, super fast i would like to have one :)

  38. gabriel sagt:

    si je gagne je pourrais réaliser mon projet d’ingénieur à distance!

  39. Daanyaal sagt:

    I’ve never won anyhing in my life beside a chocolate it would be cool to win something for the first time.

  40. Bob sagt:

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  41. Ziyaad sagt:

    That could make a great birthday gift for my dad he is a photographer.

  42. Larry C sagt:


  43. Sasha sagt:

    I have never won legitimately anything and would love to own such a fantastic piece of technology!

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  45. Franco sagt:

    Hello, I am a 11 year old boy from Chile, I had a hard time buying a MacBook, and well, I stole it, and I know not to do, so hard won and since I have not, I would get it back, if you think in my comment, I would be very grateful to all of you, my contact email is: francoxtron1@gmail.com, in case they wish to talk to me, please read my comment. THANKS :)

  46. Barry keijzer sagt:

    Wow, This is non imaginable! I own a macbook from 2002 wich is almost fully broke down but still works.
    So why i want to win that macbook?
    If i win that macbook i will give away my 2002 macbook to The kindergarten in my neighbourhood so they can use it to play games on orso. I will really do it!

  47. Dear hardwork team, this computer looks awesome and you must be looking for a truly awesome post to give away such an amazing tool. I’ve always liked the story of underdogs who people don’t expect to win coming to the top, like Rocky. If you gave your hardwork to me, hardwork team, you would prove that a beginning computer programmer can have just as nice of a computer as someone with a lot more money. Finally, hardwork team, if you have named this computer Anworten Auf which means ‚to reply to“ then giving me this computer would do more than that, it would eine Erklärung abgeben, „deliver a statement“.

  48. Dennis Junior Tejeda Aponte sagt:

    You are the best change a macbook pro to a super fast! and improved
    Hardwrk by what I see you are very good with computer technology.

    I think with that you will put this macbook pro
    can move the top games.

  49. Noah Silverman sagt:

    I am 12 years old and me and my 2 friends are making an app called flat man. Having this computer would help us soooooooooooooooomuch. I want this computer so bad i want to put programs on it that would help make our app the best i can be, a computer this fast would increase our work speed boy over 50%. This computer we want so bad soooo bad. you have know idea we will do most anything for this computer.