320gb(ish) SSD question?

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  1. AeroUK macrumors 6502

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    Ok I am sorry, I know this a noob question but I wanted to upgrade my 2010 MBP to this years model but decided it's a waste of money.

    I want to buy 8gb of ram and a 320(minimum) SSD. I can then use these in the future in another machine also.

    It just seems complicated. Can someone tell me of a good 320 SSD that is fully compatible with my MBP. It seems like such a gray area...

    Best

    Aaron
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Your best option is 300GB Intel X25-M. Its price is 529$. Otherwise you are looking at 480GB or 512GB SSD and they will set you back by over 1000$.
     
  3. Resist macrumors 68030

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    What's really a waste of money is getting a 320GB SSD. The small performance increase doesn't justify the cost at this point in time.
     
  4. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

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    Small performance increase?

    I'm guessing you don't have an SSD. These. Things. Fly.
     
  5. CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    If you plan on buying your SSD now and know you will add this SSD drive to your perhaps MBP 2012 purchase, then make sure you get a new SATA 3 compatible SSD drive !

    Intel 320 is only SATA 2 compatible and frankly not that much faster than the drive it succeeds, the Intel X-25 M SSD drive.

    So I would recommend you get a new SATA 3 SSD drive, which will be compatible with the old SATA 2 standard.

    Intel 510 is rumored to have firmware issues in the newer MBP's, so maybe wait out or consider the new fast OCZ Vertex 3 SSD drive in 240 GB.

    Larger than 240 GB SSD is expensive at the moment - so maybe consider a 500 GB Seagata Momentus XT hybrid SSD/HDD drive in the optibay and then an OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB in the harddrive slot and you have a very speedy system for sure :)
     
  6. Resist macrumors 68030

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    True I don't have an SSD, but I have read the performance numbers. Maybe we just have different opinions on what is considered fast.

    It is with that in mind, that I still say a 320GB SSD is not worth the price.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The newest SSD are almost twice as fast as the fastest HDD in day to day usage. See this test. It really does transform a computer. You should try one out.

    If it is worth the money I suppose is highly subjective and for the purchaser to decide.
     
  8. OneMike macrumors 601

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    I depends on the person / budget. After using an SSD it's very hard to go back to a disc hard drive.
     
  9. Benito macrumors 6502

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    There is no comparison using a SSD vs. a HD. I had an Intel X-25 M in my 2007 MBP and now have a new 2011 MBP 2.3 i7 and for many things that I do on a daily basis, the four year old MBP is faster because of the SSD. I am waiting a bit to find the best SSD for my new MBP to take advantage of SATA III. I also think that I'll get a larger drive this time so I don't have to have dual drives.
     

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