Best Performing SSDs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by YoYoMa, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. YoYoMa, Feb 27, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011

    YoYoMa macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2006
    Looks like the best one at the moment is the Vertex 3. Anyone heard of anything that might be coming out in the next couple months that may be worth waiting for? What drives have you got your eyes on that may beat the Vertex 3 in either performance or value?
  2. hoxley macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    next gen ssds

    vertex 3 - available to preorder
    c400 - maybe within a month
    intel 510 - soonish.

    dont know how these compare to cortez. but i will prob spring for a vertex 3 in a few months once any niggles are known.
  3. Cèv, Feb 27, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011

    Cèv macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    Does the 13" Highend Model support the SATA III / 6GBps ?

  4. YoYoMa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2006
    Edited the original post to mention Vertex 3. The intel 510 is considerably slower than the vertex 3 and more expensive, correct? Is anything expected in the near future that will significantly outperform the vertex 3 or beat it substantially on price while still meeting most of it's performance?
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    When you take a look at the pricing of these next gen SSDs it makes a lot of sense to wait and see what happens in the next month. The Vertex 3 is nearly twice as fast as the Vertex 2 and it costs only $20 more. And who knows what Intel and Corsair have up their sleeves.

    Its the wrong time to buy a SSD, I think.
  6. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    I'm waiting on new updated drives from OWC. Too bad they don't give a release date because the wait is killing me right now >.<
  7. Mojoz macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2010
    Just like Cèv asked: Is the 13" MacBook Pro capable of using a SSD like Vertex 3 with SATA III? (Both low and high end)
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Agreed. I would wait for the new Sandforce SF-2000 chip based drives coming out soon. Read this.
  9. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have the new 2011 13 MBP and system profiler shows the SATA HD connection supports 6 GB, although the OEM Hitachi drive is connected at 3GB.
  10. aphxtwinin macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    didnt wanna make a new thread for this, if i ordered my mbp with an ssd, is it as easy to replace in the future if i had ordered the hdd??
  11. nygfan80 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Yes, I did that. I already have OWC 120gb SSD in my other laptop so I ordered the MPB with the $90 upgrade. I also have a 500gb 5400rpm HD. I thought the $90 SSD was just too hard to pass up. Hopefully the prices of 256gb go down shortly so I can purchase one. I am going to switch OWC with the Apple one for now and put the one that originally came in the MBP in my Sony. I know it sounds confusing.
  12. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Thanks for the link. Dang, thursday was a fantastic day in the tech world. New MBP's, thunderbolt, SF-2000. Hopefully the SF-2000 based SSD's will have come down in price by the time summer and Lion get here.
  13. KBS756 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2009

    I had posted a question on my own thread but got no real responses

    is a sandforce drive more reliable or is an intel drive more reliable?

    also does intel have some form of garbage collection since Snow Leopard doesnt? (heard the sandforce do)

    lastly will running a drive without garbage collection do irreversable damage? meaning that if down the road I were to get LION and (do some step to the drive) clean install lion on it would the degrading be undone? the kinda damage that supposedly happens without garage collection

    anyway thx in advance if anyone can help answer this for me
  14. StandardMeth0d macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2010
    I can't answer your other question, but I have heard from forums and reviews and such that Intel drives are generally more reliable than SF drives (although slower).

    As for the garbage collection question, SF drives do indeed have built-in GC (I'm 90% sure). Intel drives do not, so you would need TRIM to keep in tip top shape.

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