2013 MBP SSD upgrade on a budget

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  1. Intenditore macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    I've got 2013 A1398 machine with only... 128gb ssd :eek:. I need an upgrade option not breaking my wallet. I know Samsung NVMEs, 970 series are good, but my budget is no more than 80-100 bucks which is enough only for 256 model, that is not quite what I need - 500gb rather is.
    Is there a way to be sure the SSD I chose will suite my Macbook, are there any cheaper pcie alternatives which were tested to work in my setup with no flaws?
    I'll be glad if you guide me.
     
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  3. Intenditore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    US dollars - 80-110$
    I live outside of US but my local currency would not tell you anything :D
     
  4. Intenditore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought about that one. The problem with the particeular model is more than humble speeds after buffer fills up, under 80 mbps.
    But the main question regarding all of them - how to make sure they will work correctly with MBP? That's the main concern and the reason I started the thread. For instance, I heard about major battery life drops and sleep issues after such upgrades. And there's pretty much no clear info how all that works, some say even the adapter may cause such issues, so I try to find the solution that will work guaranteed, which was checked by many.
    If my fears are wrong and there's no differences between them and I can choose any, that would be awesome. But I don't know if that's so.
     
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    Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    In day to day use, unless you are doing massive for transfers, the buffer should not be a problem.

    The 2013 13" pci-e bus speed is limited so putting in an extremely fast drive isn't going to make a difference.

    The 660p is a recommended drive by many MacBook users.

    All MacBooks, other than the 2015 models, will have kernel panics unless hibernation mode 25 is disabled or your flash a modded bootrom.

    There is no nvme drive that matches an apple drive for power usage.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Probably the best/cheapest solution will be to buy an EXTERNAL USB drive, and "off-load" stuff you don't need or use often to the external drive...
     
  7. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Only way to guarantee is get a genuine Apple SSD. But this is going to be way beyond your budget. Otherwise, you need to determine which compromises (battery life, crashes, speed,...) you can live with.
     
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