Anyone have the xp941?

yjchua95

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has anyone purchased the samsung xp 941 and installed in there retina macbook pro (2013 are above of course) anyone thinking of purchasing the sm 951? most likely no trim support out of the box but ....hmm

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/samsungs-new-pci-express-solid-state-drive-blows-doors-off-competitors/
The XP941 and SM951 are M2 PCIe SSDs, they won't fit.

Apple uses a proprietary non-M2 PCIe blade.

The current SM SSDs used by Apple share the same NAND as the XP941, but are of a different form factor.
 

Famousaudio

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To be honest I've not noticed a single damn bit of difference between that and the 512GB SSD in my retina iMac. Save the money and go for 512GB.
the gentleman above me said the 256 and 512gb mac drives operate on 2 lanes... which makes sense. i just purchased a retina 15 from best buy .... i think i may buy the 1tb apple drive which is 4 lanes
 

alex0002

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I put an XP941 in my 5,1 Mac Pro. Works great, but I'm having trouble upgrading to Yosemite.
Did you use a PCIe card - which one?
I'm assuming that the XP941 can be used as the boot drive?

I'm think about doing something similar for my Linux desktop.

Back on topic - it would be nice if Apple would move to an industry standard M2 PCIe format for the rMBP when Broadwell/Skylake comes along.
 

yjchua95

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Did you use a PCIe card - which one?
I'm assuming that the XP941 can be used as the boot drive?

I'm think about doing something similar for my Linux desktop.

Back on topic - it would be nice if Apple would move to an industry standard M2 PCIe format for the rMBP when Broadwell/Skylake comes along.
Apple and industry standard don't go hand in hand together.
 

alex0002

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Apple and industry standard don't go hand in hand together.
Yeah, I'm aware of that - in most cases at least. :)

But from time to time they adopt something standard, when it appears to be to their advantage - they even adopted USB3 and HDMI interfaces for the MBP in 2012.

If industry adoption of the PCIe M.2 format continues at the current rate, Apple might be better off going down that route, paying less to suppliers and keeping the same high prices for retail sales. Only a few people will open up their rMBP to upgrade anyway, so not a huge number of lost sales.

Back on topic - the best option for upgrading the current Haswell rMBP would appear to be the O.E.M. Samsung PCIe SSDs from eBay.
http://www.ebay.com/bhp/macbook-pro-retina-ssd
 

pertusis1

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Did you use a PCIe card - which one?
I'm assuming that the XP941 can be used as the boot drive?

I'm think about doing something similar for my Linux desktop.
Lycom M.2 (NGFF) SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter (which works fine).

Oh, and I did manage to get os10 installed. It just needed a PRAM reset. It works great as a boot drive.
 
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