Aftermarket SSD's

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jazwire, May 3, 2011.

  1. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Pretty disappointed in the wait time for an Apple installed SSD, so guess I'll do it myself. (I've torn apart PC's for 20 years, I'll be ok.)

    With that said, whats the best choice for an aftermarket SSD for the 2011 IMAC's that is shipping right now.

    I know there are issues with some of the brands, and also new SSD models are coming out regularly.

    (While I know I can MRoogle, but I don't want some old info from months ago, when something new might of come out in the last couple weeks.)
  2. Jazwire, May 3, 2011
    Last edited: May 3, 2011

    Jazwire thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Trying to decide on:

    Intel 320 300GB $540

    Pros: 300GB for $500 price range.
    Cons: Sata II (Possibly only an issue if used as a TB drive later.) And outdated if I want to use it in my next machine in years to come.

    Intel 510 250GB $599

    Pros: Sata III (Faster if used as a TB ext drive.) Newer Tech/Futureproof.
    Cons: $60 more and 50 GB less space.

    OCZ Vertex 3 240GB $545

    Pros: Sata III ,Fastest Sata III drive.
    Cons: Smallest Capacity , 60 gb smaller than 320, 10GB smaller than 510


    OCZ Vertex 2 240GB $429

    Pros: Good $ per GB ratio.
    Cons: Sata II, Old Tech


    Crucial RealSSD C300 $485

    Pros: Sata III, 256 GB, Under $500
    Cons: Performance / Reliability ????? (From what I've read Intel or OCZ have been superior.)


  3. thaniel98 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    You can not really go wrong with intel but you will pay a bit of a premium. My personal choice is OCZ. They have great customer support and will adjust the firmware based on customer input.
  4. cpalmer03 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2011
    does your SSD choice have to be mac formatted? how does this work? Or can you do any drive and format it after install?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    SSDs are not Mac specific. You can format any drive to the OS X file system and it will work.
  6. c613m macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2011
  7. nghix123 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
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    I have a vertex 3 in my 2011 iMac and im never going back to a regular HDD again.
  8. MrXiro, Aug 16, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

    MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I had the C300 and I loved it... I sold it when I sold my MBP and got a MBA. Now I'm looking into the Crucial M4.
  9. Besk one macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009
    I picked up a OWC SATA3 240GB Mercury Extreme 6G and LOVE it, my boss was so impressed he replaced his SuperDrive in his 17" MBP with one.

    Super fast and I like the build quality and the Sandforce controller (no need for TRIM)

    I almost got an Intel 510, but am glad I went with the OWC it's been rock solid so far.
  10. redbotsoftware macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    I agree with this. I have the older OWC in my Macbook, very fast, no slow down over time. The Sanforce is way better then TRIM, just do a little research.

    I've considered the 6G for my new iMac, but I'd rather wait for the thunderbolt external drives, hey isn't that suppose to be out this summer?

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