256 vs 512

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crrcoal, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. crrcoal macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hi folks,

    I'm going to be ordering a rMBP. After reading about the 8 vs 16 ram I've decided to order it with 16gb. Now I'm trying to decide on the storage. I don't know if I should stick with the base 256 or upgrade to the 512. Appreciate any insight. Thank you!
  2. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    If you have the money then go for 512! If you're on a budget then decide what you're going to be using it for and whether 256 will be enough or not and maybe invest in some external storage.
  3. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    I also did 16MB... but went with 256gb.. why.. well motives man.. like when the 2nd gen comes out with better tech... this one gets handed down. So basically I didn't want to go full bore on the first one knowing it will be enough for whom will get it after me :)
  4. VacantPsalm macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2010
    How much stuff do you usually keep on your laptops? Do you need to keep all that stuff on there? Do you use BootCamp, how much?
  5. Androidpwns macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2011
    Good luck with that! :D
  6. jcpb macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    For the price of the 768GB SSD upgrade (up from 512GB in upgraded MBPR config), you can buy yourself a USB3 enclosure with a Crucial M4 512GB installed inside.

    with money left over for beer.
  7. skipbarker macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2012
    Bristol VA
  8. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    dude I remember those days :D
  9. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    It depends on how much you plan on storing locally on the MBP. I've personally got 16 gig & a 512 gig ssd as I run a number of virtual machines simultaneously for demo purposes.

    And it rocks. :)
  10. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    if you only have 150gb of data... you don't need a 512gb drive.

    If your thinking about gettign 512 just as "future proofing" you may not need to worry about that. You *may* be able to upgrade that SSD drive a few years from now if you want. 3rd parties already made upgrade drives for the Macbook Airs that are similar drives, its very likely they'll make upgraded drives for the Retina MBP too.... the ram is soldered on so 16GB isn't a bad idea, but if you want the 512gb flash, you also have to get the faster CPU, so it costs a lot more.
  11. CFoss macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    $600 for the extra processor power and twice the amount of SSD memory isn't a bad deal, but might be unnecessary for your needs. If you can deal with the limited amount of memory in the meantime, go with the 256GB option. You can go with a USB 3.0 external drive if you're in need of simple storage soon, and even Thunderbolt drives should come down in price in a few years time for equal performance.

    Hope this helps.
  12. BriSpe macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    How many GB are left on the rMBP with 256GB when you get a new one?
    (Without iLife Apps). Does anyone know that?
  13. crrcoal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    Thanks folks. With my current setup I have 90% of my files on two external drives and yes usb2 is slow as cold molasses. Plus it sometimes gets annoying having to carrying around the extra drives. Guess the $600 dollar question is: is it worth the $$$ to upgrade to the faster processor/512 combo. (I'm looking at the value not whether a person has deep enough pockets) I thought I read somewhere that OWC would probably come up with a user installable drive but the pricing might be sky high.

    Thanks again for your input, I really appreciate it!!
  14. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    I have a 256 SSD in my MBA now. Even with the ripped movies removed, I have about 170GB used. Although that is decent breathing room, I think I would prefer to have a larger movie catalog at my fingertips. I looked at SDXC cards to hold them as well as external USB 3 devices. But that requires carrying more stuff around, and also adds to the total cost of the computer itself.
    As much as I want the 512, that's a $600 increase for me just for that luxury. So, it'll probably be the 256 for me.
  15. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    Stick with 256GB. With the money you save you can easily buy a super fast thunderbolt external HDD if you need speedy storage. Or one of the many high speed USB 3.0 drives.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I couldn't justify the price jump between the base retina mbp and the higher end model. I opted for the base model, with 16gb of ram.

    I'm hoping people like OWC will provide a cost effective SSD upgrade to the new MBPs in the course of time, much like how they do for the 2010 and 2011 MBAs
  17. Hidendra macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    approximately 220-230 GB. right now I have 159 free. the big ticket items are about 30 GB (boot camp partition), ~23 GB (parallels windows VM), music library (10 GB) and of course some apps which aren't huge (so I think). so in total these would add up to around 220+ GB ;)
  18. markp99 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    New Hampshire
    I went the 16GB/256GB route.

    With USB drives so cheap, and with reasonable transfer rates, this seems a good approach.

    My only regret is that I need to more actively manage my files/locations. I have MANY huge client datafiles that I need easy access to, but don;t really need to be on the SSD every day - so, there will be some back and forth to the external drives.

    Similarly, my photo stuff (RAWS) will also likely become an issue, archiving libraries to external storage is fine, but I really would prefer more local storage.

    I expect the 512 and 256 would have driven a similar file-frugal workflow, thus I went for the cheaper option. If I had the $$, I would have gone for the 768.

    A secondary thought was that the SSD may eventually be an upgrade option, hopefully from a 3rd party supplier... We'll see...
  19. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    You'll be hoping for a VERY long time. Even whilst very good/fast SATA 3 256 SSD's like the Crucial M4 are now going for <$200, OWC still wants you to pay $340 for an inferior sandforce 240gb hard drive.
  20. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2012
    get the 256gb and invest in an external hard drive that will have 1tb of space. there nothing to worry about

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