Choosing an ssd

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  1. blackburn macrumors 6502a

    blackburn

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    Well my macbook hdd died on me. Fortunately I have backups:D

    And since the mechanical hdds are dog slow I am looking for and decent ssd.
    I only need 120gb (got 80gb occupied max).

    I've been reading and sandforce ssds have issues in macs (hibernation issue).
    And intel ssds doesn't have trim support.

    Anybody with an ssd has an opinion to share? :)
     
  2. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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    1) do a search

    2) OWC is well regarded, Vertex 2 is cheap and fast (with hibernation issue) and intel ssd's are now old.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    OWC is your best bet, they have the best Mac support.
     
  4. blackburn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well owc shares the same issues has ocz, gskill and corsair.. (sandforce)
    OWC is out of reach.
    So guess I am leaning to gskill or ocz.. The sandforce drives only have the hibernation issue right? I've seen a few posts about the ssd not being recognized when you turn on the macbook.
    And I already did search, and what I did find was that no ssd is perfect:mad:
     
  5. NAPONAPO macrumors newbie

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    first post on macrumors --
    i didnt want to create a new post since my question is pretty related to this post.

    i have a black macbook 4,1

    can somebody post me to an optibay drive that is cheaper than MCE's $100 option. (i saw some ebay links earlier, but was not quite sure if they are what i need)

    i want to put a new ssd into the superdrive but i dont want to lose all the storage.

    thanks guys.
     
  6. mobilehavoc macrumors 6502

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    Just installed a OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 240GB SSD into my 2008 Aluminum Macbook this past weekend and all I can say is wow. I have no hibernate or sleep issues and the thing literally just flies. All the benchmarks I've ran seem to point that these Sandforce drives are unparalleled in random read/write vs competing controllers incl. Intel. They are towards the top for sequential read/write but you can get same or better performance from others with those.

    Here's Xbench 1.3 disk scores as a reference. It's 2.4ghz C2D with 4GB of RAM and 10.6.5

    Code:
    Results	283.83	
    	System Info		
    		Xbench Version		1.3
    		System Version		10.6.5 (10H574)
    		Physical RAM		4096 MB
    		Model		MacBook5,1
    		Drive Type		OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD
    	Disk Test	283.83	
    		Sequential	168.52	
    			Uncached Write	236.39	145.14 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	267.45	151.32 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	76.38	22.35 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	373.92	187.93 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    		Random	898.78	
    			Uncached Write	1235.00	130.74 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	454.74	145.58 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	2297.58	16.28 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	993.60	184.37 MB/sec [256K blocks]
     
  7. blackburn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've bought the gskill one, it's wicked fast so far no issues, but I disabled hibernation. Already applied a few tweaks to minimize writes to the ssd.

    Let's see if this thing lasts, at least it's fast as hell. And 0 latency rules. Even changing songs in itunes is faster :eek:
     

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