rMBP: upgrading SSD to OWC

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi all, I would like to know if anyone who bought a rMBP and upgraded to OWC SSD has noticed any difference in speed?, how about reliability?, I would be interested if I ever run out of enough space on my rMBP.
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  2. macrumors regular

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    Same here, also shipping to international and how possible warranties are handled.
     
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    Well here is some info;

    rMBP SSD is made by Samsung with a Samsung SSD Controller which has proved reliable, fast and stable. OWC uses SandForce Controllers which although good, have issues with Macs for some reason.
     
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    SandForce controllers have issues no matter the computer they are installed in....

    Also, rMBP's are now coming with a version of the SanDisk Ultra Plus with the Marvell controller. I've seen a few in customer rMBP's...
     
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    Really? Have pics?

    Ive pulled the SSD out of an easy 10 rMBPs both 13" and 15" and only seen Samsung.
     
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    No pics....but trust me, I've opened about 10x more than that and they are starting to be a good mixture of the SanDisk and Samsung. Apple is truly trying to sever ties with Samsung in all ways possible. I haven't seen Samsung RAM in a new machine in a while. A lot of Hynix and Elpida....

    I have a refurb coming in for a customer, so I will see if it has a SanDisk, if I does, I'll remove the bottom case and snap a few pics.
     
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    Orlandoech

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    Awesome! Its not that I dont believe you, I just wanna see lol.

    I know Apple hates Samsung. I only see Hynix and Elpida RAM too.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    You'll see them advertised faster in benchmarks but they should be slower with incompressible data, like any Sandforce drive.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your comments, so in few words OWC is not as fast as advertised according with your experience, then it seems it's better to find a Retina Samsung OEM SSD.
     
  10. macrumors G4

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    Interesting. I wonder how the SandDisk performs. I haven't used an SSD with the Marvell controller before.
     
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    I think so yes. I also think OWC is overpriced due to the fact the slap a "MAC Compatible" label on their products.
     
  12. macrumors 68000

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    They're first (and sometimes the only) to market with a lot of products, so they charge a premium.
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    Where would you get that tho? As far as i understand, OWC is the only company selling Retina-SSDs right?

     
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  15. macrumors 68000

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    You can buy a used OEM Retina SSD from someone who has upgraded theirs.
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the link. Seems no 256 Gb version as of yet.
     
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I haven't seen yet the typical post: "I made the SSD upgrade with OWC on a retina MBP and couldn't be happier..."
     
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    Nor have I.
     
  19. macrumors 68000

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    I'm wondering if someone will come out with an adapter to fit a regular SSD (maybe with the case removed) in the SSD location in the 13" rMPB
     
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    Orlandoech

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    No shiz... that would be fantabulous but I have a 15" rMBP lol.
     
  22. macrumors member

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    I upgraded my RMBP with the OWC 480 gig disk. Works like a charm. Never bothered with benchmarks (frankly don't really care if I get 450 or 460MBPs), but it's snappy, given me no problems and works like a charm, so I "couldn't be happier":)
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice to read from your own experience!, now we have our first happy user :cool:, the good thing about OWC upgrade is the toolbox, the case for the remaining SSD and the 3-year warranty.
     
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    I also love the Envoy Pro. Compact, easy to carry around, and REALLY nice build quality! When you screw it together, it's practically airtight. All aluminium too. All in all, it was worth the $600 or so I spent.
     
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    Only bad thing about it is you need to peel the rubber feet off the bottom to access the screws. Most users won't be taking it apart so that's not a big deal.
     

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