Best SSD Choices?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by will1234, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. will1234 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2014
    I've been looking at getting an SSD having already upgraded the RAM in my 2012 2.3 Ghz 15" MBP and I've been stuck on which one to pick. I'm not really looking for the best maximum performance as much as I'm looking for reliability, consistency and longevity.

    I've cut it down to 4 choices (obviously if anyone thinks there's better out there, feel free to make another suggestion):
    - Samsung 840 Evo (£165)
    - Crucial M550 (£215)
    - OCZ Vector (£215)
    - Crucial MX100 (£155)

    Im kind of leaning towards the more expensive crucial because I got my 8GB RAM kit from there and I've been pretty pleased since. The samsung also looks really good for the price.
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The M550 is a good drive but I'd go with the Samsung unless you feel like spending more money.
  3. will1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2014
    To be fair I was half considering going for the 750 gb samsung for just over £300.. The samsung has a 5 star rating on Amazon with over 700 reviews so it must be a decent hard drive.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I don't have any experience with current gen drives, but my old 256GB Crucial M4 is still running strong in my 2009 MBP, and I've got a 256GB Samsung 830 in my desktop PC. They're both great drives.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The OCZ and the M550 don't offer anything over the others that would justify the price premium. The EVO and the MX100 are about equal in feature and value/performance. I would just get whichever of the two you can get the best price on.

    Read over the final conclusions section of this MX100 review.
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
  7. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    The MX100 is the cheapest on your list, and I am pleased with the speeds that I have gotten from mine in the three days that I have had it in my MacBook Pro. I can't comment on the performance of any of the other drives, but I think that the MX100 is a better value than the M550, if you say that you are not so worried about performance.
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I'm a fan of the Samsung SSD's. I've used the 830, 840 and the 840 EVO and all have been reliable and fast in my experiences. I've used them in a MBP, iMac and IBM-compatible PC's.
  9. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Follow this advice.
  10. JamesPDX Suspended


    Aug 26, 2014
    2012 Mini i7 + SSD

    I've installed a single 256GB Samsung 840 Evo into my Mini with Trim-Enabler. The install was fiddly, but I'll never go back to spinners. -Be sure to check your MBP drive dimension specs. If you have an SATA adapter, install your system and migrate onto the SSD first and make sure it boots and works -before- you tear your MBP apart: Be cautious and use a special toolkit with all the spudgers and stuff, or have an AppleTech (not just a grinning, blue-shirted hipster) install the SSD. -You'll thank me later if it's not you who tears a flimsy flat MBP SATA cable in half.

    Best of luck! You'll love the SSD. -Just get an app to take care of TRIM for you. The SSD will likely outlast your display, then you can move it to your next machine.


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