2010 MacBook Pro SSD Suggestions

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  1. tft10 macrumors newbie

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    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!
     
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  4. stevemiller macrumors 65832

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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