Buy Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB or wait for something better?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Marhowl, Apr 15, 2013.

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    Marhowl

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    I would like to buy Samsung 840 PRO 256GB for my 2009 17" MBP. Should I wait for something newer? I've read couple of articles which said that prices on SSDs are expected to drop in 2013.

    I can wait until late May or early June, but it would be great to get that SSD now. So the real question is, am I going to regret buying that Samsung SSD, when in 2 months there may be something cheaper and faster?

    Thanks
     
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    Mate,


    I will not expect the price of the pro to go drastically down and since December last year they stayed the same, so buy now if you like to upgrade.

    If you are based in UK you can benefit from a cash back of GBP 50.. just in case you did not hear about..
     
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    Marhowl

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    Not in UK. I'm in Czech Republic but I may go to Edinburgh in 2 years to study there heheh

    Anyway, the minimum price of that SSD has been quite constant since the beginning of the year. I don't know what that may signify, but it may either stay that way or suddenly drop again

    Well, I will probably end up buying it anyway. My two 7200 are making too much noise and produce vibrations, especially the Seagate Momentus XT which I bought 2 years ago.
     
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    Giuly

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    The 840 Pro already exceeds the capabilities of the 2009 MBP. Just get a SanDisk Ultra Plus. In a Mac that's limited to SATA-II, it's as fast as the 840 Pro, but significantly cheaper.

    You can always take the money you've saved and put it towards an 850 Pro or whatever their next big thing is. Not that it would be a dramatic improvement over the Ultra Plus for your Mac.
     
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    I looked at various SSD manufacturers and Samsung with its 840 Pro series is consistently given high marks for quality and speed. Because I have a Mac Pro with a number of Samsung HDDs, which have proven reliable, I chose to go with the Samsung 840 Pro 256 Gb and have no regrets, and I won't be checking cost to see if I made the right choice. The improvement in start-up speed is impressive and much more reliable than the start-up with the old WD that came with the Mac Pro.

    Memory prices fluctuate, and I remember what happened to HDD prices after the tsunami took out manufacturing facilities in Thailand. My view is that if you need it, buy it.
     
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    LeandrodaFL

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    Currently, the Samsung 840 is the #1 choice. By that I mean not the PRO. The consumer version is just as good, lasting a decade instead of 2 decades. Do you really need the PRO for 20 years?

    Also, speed is just a little slower, but then again, more then what the sata II in your MBP can handle.
     
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    Hi all,

    I'd like to hear some opinion on getting a 840 500GB ($350) vs. 840 250GB ($150).

    I have a 09 MBP and currently using a 1TB HDD, so need to transfer the OS + tons of photo files to the SSD, photo processing is my main job.

    What do you say?
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Get the 500 gb one, once you use something bigger you get used to having everything with you...

    250 gb is just so small...

    If you want, you can exchange you optical drive for a hdd caddy and move your hdd there and your ssd as the main drive.

    You can go further and merge them into a CoreStorage volume, aka a Fusion Drive and have them function as one... most used files are kept on the ssd and the bulk on the hdd. You get the best of both worlds.

    Make sure you have a functioning Time Machine backup at all times.
     
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    occamsrazor

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    Do you have any more info on this offer please? Thanks...
     
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    johnnnw

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    There is nothing better than the 840 Pro imo.

    Wait until you find it on sale. I found mine for 191 shipped. Killer deal.

    It happens every few months.
     

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