Apple SSD when buying new, or upgrade later?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrklaw, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    Just looking at buying either a new 15" MBP or a 13" air. A couple of things are attractive to me compared to my 2008 MBP - battery life (I'm at about 2.5 hrs now) and responsiveness due to SSD. on the Air the longer standby is good too as my usage can be patchy.

    For the MBP 15", is it better to get the apple SSD as an upgrade when I buy it (£150 cost for the 128GB), or is it better value to do it later on? Just a little wary about talk of TRIM etc and 3rd party SSD support. Plus its an upgrade I'd want to do sooner rather than later, to avoid the need to reinstall when changing drives - unlike RAM which I can do later on.

    £150 doesn't sound too bad for a 128GB SSD.
  2. Heavertron macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2011
    I got the Apple 256GB for now as I wanted the 17" and the compatability headaches. I think the 128GB is a better deal, only a little more expensive than a 3rd party one. The Apple SSDs are decent (220mbps read) and are warranty backed by Apple.
  3. Philflow, Jul 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

    Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    It's not a bad price. It's basically a Kingston V+ 100.

    On the other hand, for less money you can buy a Crucial M4 128GB. That way you can keep the origianl HDD in an external enclosure.
  4. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Say you buy a MBP and change the HDD and RAM, will that be covered under the warranty?
  5. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
  6. Daniel97 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    would love to know where i can get an M4 crucial for under £150 lol
  7. Daniel97 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
  8. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Changing the HDD and RAM itself will not void the warranty, but if one of the parts break, say, you damaged the motherboard somehow in the process of replace the HDD and RAM, then Apple can blame it on you. However, that's highly unlikely. Just make sure when you replace HDD and RAM, do it in a dust-free and not humid environment.
  9. mrklaw thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    odd. On the 15" MBP base model, to upgrade to a 128GB SSD its £150. On the higher end 15", its only £75.

    Is it usual for apple to vary the upgrade prices depending on the level of model you buy? Although perhaps the higher end has a larger HDD as standard, so that makes the upgrade price different?

    It has me wondering whether to get the faster 15" as the difference is 'only' £175 - £1604 for the 2.2 Vs £1774 for the 2.3 i7. Although the only difference is the GPU and I'm not sure I'd ever push it - its not a gaming machine but will occasionally play a bit of minecraft or trackmania
  10. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    That's what I thought.
  11. jamisonbaines macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    That is because the 2.2 comes with your choice of a 750 GB 5400 RPM drive or a 500 GB 7200 RPM drive while the 2.0 is a 500 GB 5400 RPM.
  12. smoge macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
    the new mbp are a piss to upgrade, so save yourself some cash.
  13. mrklaw thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sure, but

    1) the price of the upgrade isn't that much - fairly competitive with buying separately. £150 for the base model, £75 for the high end (for the 128GB)

    2) i'm a bit worried about SSDs and apple, with all this TRIM etc stuff going on
  14. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    No need to worry. The SSD Apple uses has excellent garbage collection and doesn't need TRIM in the first place.

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