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Old May 6, 2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Is an SSD worth it?

So, I have a dual 1.8 GHz G5 tower *and* a 4,1 Macbook with maxed out RAM and an SSD as main computers, time divided equally between them, and I *finally* have enough cash to get an OWC Electra SSD, but "not sure if want* an SSD, I'd be using it to replace a 1TB 7,200rpm drive, and eventually, ending up with a 240GB SSD and a 2TB Caviar Green HD. Yeah.

Macbook will *never* be a main due to limited storage capacity, and the G5 is a beast of a computer, can handle anything I throw at it, it's just that I use it so often as an iTunes/Internet/video editing machine that I think having it run an SSD would be a good performance advantage over standard HDD.
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Go for it, you will be amazed at how much faster it will open applications. Is your SSD a SATA II or III?
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Go for it, you will be amazed at how much faster it will open applications. Is your SSD a SATA II or III?
SATA I for the Macbook, same for the G5. The Macbook is a Corsair Force 3, the G5 would be an OWC Mercury Electra 3G
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What I mean is the SSD that you would like to install, is it rated at SATA II or SATA III?
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What I mean is the SSD that you would like to install, is it rated at SATA II or SATA III?
Not quite sure, will let you know, but III or II, whatever OWC's Electra 3G's are worth (assuming SATA II and beyond, therefore good for me )
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SATA III is really a hit and miss on the powermac. Most often it will not be recognized. On a SATA III that would be a two revision jump in terms of bus compatibility.
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An SSD is worth every penny.
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Not quite sure, will let you know, but III or II, whatever OWC's Electra 3G's are worth (assuming SATA II and beyond, therefore good for me )
You definitely want the OWC 3G. The 6G will not work. I have purchased and tried both recently. My G5s recognized the 3G, no issues. But the 6G was not recognized. They are the same price on OWC for the same size drive, so there is no difference in $$$.

And yes, I noticed about a 25% increase in xbench overall score as compared to a 7200 RPM HDD. The disk scores were a factor of 2 to 3 higher with the SSD. The G5 will boot faster and "feel" faster with the SSD vs. a 7200 RPM HDD.
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