2015 13" rMBP PCI-e

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  1. amagawd macrumors newbie

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    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.

    Tom
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - 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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Suspended

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

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    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 603

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    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

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    I know that, even a 'slow' Crucial MX100 would do me fine.
     

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