Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.

will1234

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 20, 2014
3
0
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.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,296
2,329
Oregon
The M550 is a good drive but I'd go with the Samsung unless you feel like spending more money.
 

will1234

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 20, 2014
3
0
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.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,296
2,329
Oregon
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.
 

Weaselboy

Moderator
Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
32,970
13,210
California
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)

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.
 

PowerBook-G5

macrumors 65816
Jul 30, 2013
1,243
1,179
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.
 

SandboxGeneral

Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
26,481
10,000
Detroit
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.
 

JamesPDX

Suspended
Aug 26, 2014
1,056
495
USA
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.

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.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.