2010 MacBook Pro SSD Suggestions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tft10, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. tft10 macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I have a 2010 MacBook Pro with a SATA II (3gbps) port. I am looking to upgrade my stock HDD to an Intel 510 SSD (which is SATA III). I know that I will not get all the complete benefits of a SATA III connection, but I may swap this drive out to a computer that does support SATA III in the future (a little more money is not a big deal for me). I just want to know if there are any performance issues if I plugged in a SATA III device in a SATA II port. I've read mixed responses arguing that it will work perfectly fine (like plugging a USB 3.0 device in a USB 2.0 port) while others claim that a SATA II SSD will perform best on a SATA II port and that using a SATA III device on a SATA II port will cause problems. I just want to receive a definitive answer before making any purchase. Thank you!
  2. tft10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
  3. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
  4. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    Really its personal choice above all else, but after reading around, I personally decided to just go for a SATA II drive, even though I'm getting the 2011 mbp w/ 6gb/s. The SATA III devices just seemed a little too hit or miss at this point. I figure prices are only going to come down over time, and once all the SATA III bugs are ironed out, I can always upgrade then (and probably even get a larger capacity!)

    Good luck
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    It will work fine, you can use SATAII ports with SATAIII devices, or vice versa. It will just operate at the slower speed.
  6. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    SATA III will work fine.

    Crucial M4 with firmware 2 works great with low power consumption.

    Samsung 470 and Kingstons V+ 100 have better garbage collection, in case you don't want to use the TRIM hack.
  7. tft10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011

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