I don't want to sound like I am bragging but I have currently a Samsung 830, OWC Mercury Enterprise 3G, OWC Mercury 6G, Crucial M4, OCZ vertex 2 all working fine in my various MBPs and iMac.Ifti,
Thanks for your reply.
Is the 830 SSD compatible with my Mac model? Do you have any experience on it?
Samsung, OWC, Crucial are all really great drives.
OCZ vertex 2 is working now after 3 firmware upgrades but it was a nightmare getting to where I am now. Maybe OCZ has lifted it's game since but that experience has put me off OCZ.
I've arrived at the following non-scientific recommendations after 2-3 years of wasting a truck load of cash on SSDs:
1) 256 (or 240) seems to work better than smaller drives. I don't why but for some reason the larger drives seemed to work better. I found this out comparing a 120 v 240 OWC and 128 v 256 Samsung.
2) The advertised read and write speeds aren't really a good indicator of real life performance. The advertised read/write speeds for the Sandforce controlled OWC 6G drives are way faster than the Samsung and the Crucial 6G counterparts but in real life I found the Samsung and Crucial noticeably faster when it came to tasks such as video encoding, database searching and compiling, photoshop editing, and installing large apps and installing a clean install of Mountain Lion. Maybe it has something to do with the way data is handled by the different controllers in the drives. Sandforce for OWC, Samsung for Samsung and Marvell for Crucial.
3) Firmware upgrade is a pain on the mac. For both samsung and crucial I need do it through windows on bootcamp. OWC is by far the most mac friendly when it comes to firmware upgrades.
Personally I like the Samsung 830. It works great. No serious issues that require firmware upgrades. Crucial, OWC and OCZ all had problems that needed firmware upgrades (OCZ the worst by far).
I would like to try out an intel drive but no cash for it ATM.