Crucial M4 or Intel 320?

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  1. seong, Jul 25, 2011
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    http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Media-Crucial-2-5-Inch-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311582359&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-SATA-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B004U8ZHY2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311582394&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Internal-Cables-Technology-2-5-Inch/dp/B00486UR2I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311584208&sr=8-1

    I've been thinking of going all in SSD, and have the internal 500GB as portable external HDD. Unfortunately, the only reliable SSDs available in Amazon Japan are these three (others are A-DATA and CFD.) I found the same product on Amazon.com so you guys can help me out. I was about to order the Momentus XT, but they told me the stock will arrive in December, or even mid-2012, and I'm not planning to wait that long.
    Although I'm a somewhat spec geek (well, that's the only reason I'm buying the SSDs, right?) I do not care about the speed difference between the SSDs. All I want is fast, but a reliable SSD that will last for next two to three years.

    Any thoughts? (Remember, I have no other options, except Samsung 470 64GB. The storage isn't just big enough for me.)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    At least at some point, Crucial dropped 2011 MBPs from supported setups due to issues. I don't know is this still the case but I would go with the Intel one, it has shown to be fairly issue-free and reliable.
     
  3. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Alright. I'll take that into account.
     
  4. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    It's not the case anymore. The situation has reversed.

    Crucial updated the firmware to nr.2 which works perfect with the MBP.

    Intel has serious problems with the current firmware. Until this has been fixed by Intel I wouldn't buy it. More info:
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Inte...rmware-Bug-that-Causes-Data-Loss-210809.shtml
    http://communities.intel.com/message/131623#131623
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1190829
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1190378
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12919013&postcount=3
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12920127&postcount=7
     
  5. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh man.....
    That...doesn't look good :eek:
     
  6. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Yeah Intel 320 is not a safe buy right now imo.

    Intel X25-m is fully stable though. Its firmware is very mature and it uses 34nm NAND. Very reliable SSD. It's significantly slower than Crucial M4 though.
     
  7. yousifabdullah macrumors regular

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    I was about to ask this. Thank you for the information, I'll look for a Intel X25-M SSD then. Any word on TRIM support in Lion? Or is it still limited to Apple SSDs?
     
  8. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Officially only Apple SSD.

    But you can use the TRIM enabler hack on other SSDs.

    PS. Crucial M4 is also reliable.
     
  9. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Do all unibody Macbook Pros support TRIM?
     
  10. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I would think so but I'm not entirely sure.
     
  11. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    I'm using an M4 on firmware 2 in my 2011 MBP. I have enabled TRIM and am running Lion.

    All good here :)
     
  12. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    Firmware 2 on Crucial M4 works just fine. Many here have it also. FW 1 is the one with the issues. Also very reliable and fast.

    Lion, and Trim working too.
     
  13. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone been able to upgrade the m4's firmware by using a Mac? I tried it a few times with my MBP but it won't recognize that disk as a bootable drive.
     
  14. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    Are you running an optibay setup?
     
  15. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    Yes, no trouble at all. Opened the iso using Disk Utility and burnt it to a DVD then booted from that and updated the firmware.
     
  16. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    Worked on my MBP. You make a CD from the ISO and it boots like any other MAC/PC from it.
     
  17. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    From what I read, I really like the Crucial M4 you mention in the title. I don't have it but if I were to pony up the $$$ today that would be what I'd buy.
     
  18. dp84 macrumors member

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    speaking about the m4, you mean CT128M4SSD2 and CT256M4SSD2 ?
     
  19. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    Pretty sure the only difference in those two models is capacity - controller and type of flash is the exact same. I personally would opt for 256GB.

    There is also an M4 being sold with a data transfer kit, this one has a different model number/SKU than the other retail one, but it is the same drive part as far as I can tell.
     
  20. dp84 macrumors member

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    of course between those two models will only change the capacity;
    I'm asking because if you search a m4 by Manufacturer/model and you put in Apple / MBP 2011 the Part Number is: CT1895121 and not CT128M4SSD2

    so what's the difference?
     
  21. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    One would think that if you wanted to know the difference in those two you would have posted an instance of each type, I logically answered the question you asked.

    As for the second comparison involving the Mac specific part, so far as I can see the only difference is I can buy the M4SSD2 part from multiple retailers and the Mac specific part you posted is only available from crucial.com.
     
  22. dp84 macrumors member

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    anyway you think CT1895121 and CT128M4SSD2 are the same drive?
     
  23. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    The first is the part number, the second is the model number. Only Crucial seem to reference the part number.
     
  24. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    Rock on - Thanks for the clarification.
     

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