2015 13" rMBP PCI-e

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amagawd, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. amagawd macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2010
    Hi all,

    One time owner of a 2010 13" MBP who has the opportunity to purchase a brand new 2015 13" rMBP with 128GB PCI-e storage for 65% of RRP.

    Is it possible to upgrade the storage on these laptops manually? I don't save as many things to my HDD as I used to but I still feel that 128gb is too small... but the price is too good to miss up on!

    Also, have there been any major changes since I last used OS X that could affect my decision to using the OS again? I've been using a PC & Sony S13 P since May 2012 but fancy a change. :)

    Thanks in advance.

  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - In theory, yes. But currently there are no third party upgrades available, so you'd have to get your hands on original Apple parts (available on Ebay from time to time).

    That's a good deal. Are you getting 65 % off or are you paying 65 % of RRP?
  3. SWD macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    If there is a way to upgrade the ssd on a new rMBP, OWC will have a kit and instructions.
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It's doable, yes.

    You may have trouble sourcing the part though. The only ones available are on eBay and are pulled from other machines.
  5. amagawd thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2010
    Thanks for the advice, guys. I guess I'll stick with the original SSD to begin with and then upgrade once more are readily available online. Out of interest, how much would a 512gb PCI-e SSD go for online?

    JTToft: I'm paying 65% of the RRP.
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Looks like in the $400 range on eBay, but be aware that the vast majority of these parts are from previous gen (2014) MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. While they technically should work, their I/O will be slower than what is being put in the current models now.
  7. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yep. I have yet to see their new PCIe x4 blades appear on eBay yet. I suppose they'll start to appear given a few months time...
  8. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    the 1tb should do it though i believe.
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The XP941-based SM1024F clocks in at around 1000MB/s in both reads and writes. This drive is found in Haswell rMBPs.

    The SM951-based SM1024G clocks in at around 1500MB/s in both reads and writes. This drive is found in Broadwell rMBPs.

    So the 1TB ones from Haswell won't do, even though both are 4-lane SSDs.
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    They will do though!!!

    We all know that sequential read /write speeds make no practical difference in all but teh most specific of use cases....
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I know that, even a 'slow' Crucial MX100 would do me fine.

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