best aftermarket SSD (for 17in UMBP)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by renault4, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. renault4 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    I am considering a purchase of a 17" unit. I will probably buy a base unit and then upgrade the memory and possibly the HDD myself (this is largely driven by procurement transaction limits). Is there experience here in adding a SSD to the 17in? I could manage with 256Gb, but have 500Gb drives reached the market yet?

  2. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    I think Super Talent makes the only 512GB SSD at the moment, and it's retail price is over $1,500. From what I read, in the 250GB range the OCZ Vertex seems to get very good reviews. You can find it for around $700. A lot of people like Corsair SSDs also, their 256GB drive runs a little over $600 I think?
  3. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    I would hold off a bit on the SSD purchase. Intel should be announcing a 320GB one shortly..
  4. navicaph macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2008
    I have the 256GB SSD from Corsair, which is just a rebranded Samsung, and it's been pretty fantastic.
  5. winterspan macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    I would recommend the Corsair P256, OCZ Vertex 250GB, or 160GB Intel X25M.

    The SSD drive controller is the most critical part of an SSD, and the older controllers were horrendous compared to the new good ones.

    As long as you stay on this list, you should be fine:

    (New Samsung S3C29RBB01 controller)
    Corsair P256
    Corsair P128 / P64
    OCZ Summit
    Samsung PB22-J
    SuperTalent Masterdrive SX

    (Indilinx Barefoot IDX110M00 controller)
    OCZ Vertex
    OCZ Agility
    SuperTalent Ultradrive ME (MLC)
    G.Skill Falcon
    Patriot Torqx
    RunCore Pro IV
    Solidata K6 (MLC)

    (Intel v1 controller)
    Intel X25M
    Kingston SSDNow M
    PQI X25M
  6. antskip macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009

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