Best 256Gb SSD for 2011 Macbook Pro

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  1. imorton macrumors 6502

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    Hello Everyone, I hope I can find some direction here. I want to upgrade my current Vertex2 SSD to a @ 240/256Gb SSD.

    My budget is in the +/- $200 dollar range and my choices are Mushkin Deluxe, OCZ, Samsung, Crucial, etc...

    Here are some my priorities.

    Reliable, Price, easily Firmware upgradeable(if possible with Macbook), Speed,

    What would you buy, AND why?

    Thanks a million for heading me in the right direction... IAN.
     
  2. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Crucial m4 - Reliability / Price / Firmware update through Mac OSX
     
  3. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I have two Crucial M4 and one Samsung 830 (all 256GB) SSDs and they all work perfectly in both the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, all set up easily with my Macs. I've had the Crucials for a year now.
     
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    imorton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmmmmm, thanks guys as I was contemplating the Mushkin Deluxe because of price, speed and NAND memory, but the problem of having to find a Windows machine to upgrade was kind of a deterrent :(

    I guess I should look at the M4 and 830 a little more closely...

    Between the M4 and the 830, which one is better?

    I see that there is a "laptop cable" that comes with one model of the 830's, is it worthwhile or useful?

    EDIT: how much is one of those data to usb cable?

    Thanks for any help, IAN...
     
  5. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I never used the cable that came with any of them. The M4 is a bit cheaper, and a bit slower.
     
  6. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    I personally using a Samsung 830 with my 2012 cMBP. Love it!
     
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    imorton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is anybody using the 240gb Mushkin Deluxe, and what are your thoughts?

    The reason I ask is because it is well-priced, has good specs, AND uses NAND memory
     
  8. imorton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see there is a Samsung 830 and a 840 series. Which is better, and why would you buy it?

    IAN
     
  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Samsung 830 is the older model and 840 is the newer model. The performance numbers rank like this:

    1. Samsung 840 pro
    2. Samsung 830
    3. Samsung 840

    However, they're all fast and good. 830 will be tough to find though b\c they dont make it anymore.
     
  10. Rhyalus macrumors 6502

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    I would check out the reviews at

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6337/samsung-ssd-840-250gb-review

    You can read the 840 Pro articles as well.

    In the end you need to decide how much money you want to spend. For conventional SSD use, an MLC device should be fine - at least from my perspective.

    500GB for < $300 is a decision that is hard to criticize for most users.

    R
     
  11. imorton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Which SSD's are upgradeable with only Mac OSX?

    I currently have a Vertex2, and I would require to open up a Windows machine to upgrade the firmware... What a Pain in the A**
     
  12. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Samsung. Fast and reliable. Better than the Crucial MSlow4
     
  13. robvas macrumors 68020

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    I have had the 240GB regular Mushkin Chronos (slower memory than the Deluxe model) for 8 months in my iMac - no issues.
     
  14. Ryan1524, Jan 14, 2013
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    Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    I just got myself ADATA XPG SX900 for my 2007 Macbook Pro. Somewhat old ssd, but BIG improvement. Supports up to 6Gb/s, so should do great in a 2011/2012 MBP if you're on a budget.
     
  15. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    Intel 330 or 335

    In your price range, not many issues and pretty reliable in my book, compared to some stories on some of the other models.

    It may not be the Ferrari of SSD's but if you want a Diesel engine that will run smooth for a good long time, this is the way I went.

    I also bought a 240GB Monster SSD Sata III 560R/520W for my son and this thing is lightning fast for the deal I got over at NewEgg, got it for under $120.00
     
  16. robvas macrumors 68020

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    I'd stay away from Sandforce drives without the over-provisioning (128GB instead of 120GB, 256GB instead of 240GB). They won't last as long.
     
  17. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    If you think you can tell the difference in day to day usage you're kidding yourself.
     
  18. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    I'm only looking to extend the life of this 2007 MBP another 6 months, 1 year at most. Longevity wasn't a concern, and the benefits of RAISE is about the same as having life insurance or extended warranty on things.
     

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