Advice on buying MBP 13" 2015 (MF839)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KhunJay, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. KhunJay macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2013
    So I have an opportunity to get this from an authorised store in my a good discount.

    The ports on it are the main reason as I do not ever want to be fkin around with dongles.

    My usage does not need the fastest and greatest....just word processing, interwebz light video watching.
    So please, no lectures on get the latest it'll hold its value....i don't upgrade often....plan to get at least a good 5-7 years use from it. Plan to keep it on el capitan for as long as possible.

    Question Im asking is....can I swap the 128GB SSD with a larger one from the market. AND WHICH ONE TO GET?
    Samsung is preferred. I have no idea whether to get a NVME drive or something else....nonroom for error as I won;t be able to return it.

    Does it need an adaptor? and if so does anyone have a link to which one specifically?
  2. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    It's not a good idea to get a computer that you immediately plan on upgrading, effectively you need to think of these things as none-upgradable and get the one that you need at the time of purchase. Whilst you can upgrade, it is expensive and risky. If you want the same quality/speed you need to use a recycled one from another machine (used), if you want aftermarket you need expensive made ones (If they exist yet?). So ideally if you need say 512GB then buy one with that storage, it'll be cheaper and better in the long run. Check sources like this for ideas

    In terms of lasting I don't see why not, it's a 2 year old computer already remember but assuming it fits your needs and those needs aren't likely to change in the next 5-7 years then it will be fine. No reason to keep it on an older OS either, HS will be faster.
  3. SteveJUAE, Nov 5, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017

    SteveJUAE macrumors 68030


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    Get what you need is never a bad thing :)

    Have a look at OWC for compatible drives to give you a guide on price and installation

    You can also make good use of the old SSD with one of their external cases

    Additionally check warranties for both :)
  4. KhunJay thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2013
    Thanks...Im not worried about the risk, if the components exist and it's be one before. At the price Im getting it, it's not a big deal.

    But this is the only info I could find:

    "Newer-generation 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros use newer SSDs with faster PCIe connectors. As of early 2015, no third-party SSDs are compatible with this standard, but we’re expecting to see options hit the market closer to the middle of the year. Some Retina MacBook Pro SSDs will apparently be capable of achieving speeds in the 1.2GB/second range, compared with the 700-800MB/second speeds of stock drives."

    I guess I was kinda hoping someone would pop in and say: yes Ive upgraded the PCIe SSD in my 2015 macbook pro 13"'s a samsung and this is the model no.....and it needed an adaptor and here's the link to both components.
  5. rutrack macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2017
    Great laptop, there are still very few products, if any, that can match the 2015 MPB in balance of power, screen quality, ports, keyboard, quality, reliability, battery power.

    There are actualy several options you have of the top of my head:
    Option 1:
    Just get a larger used hard drive, there are plenty on ebay. This is the best way to go I think.

    Option 2:
    You can get this drive:
    It is advertised to work with in MBP and to work with High Sierra,
    Sold here:
    There are many reviews of this drive available online:
  6. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    The Transcend 820 is another potential option. MCE has some offerings as well.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    "So I have an opportunity to get this from an authorised store in my a good discount."

    If it's only got a 128gb SSD inside, that's the reason it's being offered at "a good discount".

    The drive in the MacBook Pro is not easily swapped out or upgraded. There are very few replacement drives (I think Other World Computing offers one, but I wouldn't recommend it) other than "original Apple factory" drives that are offered used on ebay.

    Really, if you want more drive space, you need to buy a MacBook Pro that HAS more drive space "from the get-go". DON'T count on "upgrading" it.

    I'd look to the Apple refurbished MBPro page, and pick one with 256 or 512gb of storage.
    8gb of RAM is ok, 16gb if you can afford it.
  8. KhunJay thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2013
    I read somewhere that the SSD in the 512GB variant of this machine is faster than the lesser capacity ones...any truth in this?

    Also, if the machine comes with 8GB RAM soldered in, can I take it to apple to upgrade it to 16?

    I remember people here warning against owc SSDs as they have a high fail I was put off....but snagging a used SSD that came from this model seems a possibility.
  9. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    The only drive I would use is an OEM drive. Look on eBay.
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yes all older SSDs were faster with bigger storage due to parallel processing, to be honest though it makes little difference they are all very fast for most daily use cases. I doubt you will notice.

    As others say the OWC drives are slower and do not allow trim I would avoid them, the transcend 820 should work just like new a MBP speed wise though.

    No you can only have the ram as is, Apple will not upgrade and I know of no one else offering this service. With ram the only option is buy what you need.
  11. KhunJay thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2013
    Thanks samuelsan and zapnz....the transcend 820 looks like the way to go.

    Btw does the transcend have trim enabled?
  12. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    Yes, faster.

    No, no upgrades.

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