did SSDs drop in price?

rawdawg

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Jan 7, 2009
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I wish I could see the old apple.com/store site after they refresh it with new products.

Does anyone remember how much the old SSD options cost?

At $300 for the current models a 256GB SSD is only $1 more than OWCs 6G Extreme model. Doesn't seem like Apple is ripping us off anymore.
 

Kryptik.Kode

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I wish I could see the old apple.com/store site after they refresh it with new products.

Does anyone remember how much the old SSD options cost?

At $300 for the current models a 256GB SSD is only $1 more than OWCs 6G Extreme model. Doesn't seem like Apple is ripping us off anymore.
I believe it was 500$ just for the SSD and 600$ for SSD + 1TB HDD.
 

linds15

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Oct 16, 2012
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That's what i'm doing with my 2012 Mac Mini. Putting in my own SSD. It cost me 180$ instead of 300$. That's a nice cost savings if you are willing to do the work.
yea i picked up a samsung on the way to class, now waiting for the mac and ram. i do want to be able to keep the second drive though
 

acc4hm

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Oct 24, 2012
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Definitely prices have come down. I got 256GB Samsung 830 SSD for $154.

Buying directly from Apple is still expensive.
 

fridgeymonster3

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Jan 28, 2008
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Prices have dropped. However, $300 for a 256GB SSD isn't a very good price. You can get great SSD drives in 256GB for well under $200. Hell, you can get a Crucial M4 512GB for just $100 more than the 256 Apple SSD.

So, not only are SSD drives cheaper if bought separately, but you also get the stock hard drive. So for about $175, you can get a Samsung 830 256GB + the 1TB stock hard drive (for the i7 mini).
 

fig

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I don't think anyone is under the impression that it's honestly cheap to buy the SSD through Apple but it's certainly a lot cheaper than it used to me.

I'm seriously looking at a mini I'll probably pay the premium so as to keep the warranty intact.
 

fridgeymonster3

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I'm seriously looking at a mini I'll probably pay the premium so as to keep the warranty intact.
You do not void your warranty by correctly installing a hard-drive or correctly swapping hard-drives. If you open your Mac mini you do risk damaging it
and such damage isnt covered by the limited warranty on your Mac mini.

However, you may install memory and other customer-installable parts without voiding your Apple warranty as long as those installations are done correctly. I wouldn't recommend such installations unless a person knows what they are doing. Apple wants to protect themselves from novices that break the innards of a computer through carelessness or inexperience. Macworld confirmed this with Apple back in 2010 (give or take) and if you read the Mac Mini manual carefully, the section warning you about install non-user-serviceable parts never mentions that it voids the warranty.
 

Westyfield2

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Yeah, I can't remember how much it used to be... but it certainly looks less of a rip off now.

I've had bad experiences with the cheaper drives (OCZ & Crucial), but still have Intel drives going strong. Hence if I were to buy an SSD today, it's be the Intel 520 series. Just looking online the 240GB is £185, whereas Apple want £240 for their SSD... so still more expensive but less bad than I remember.
 

fig

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You do not void your warranty by correctly installing a hard-drive or correctly swapping hard-drives. If you open your Mac mini you do risk damaging it
and such damage isnt covered by the limited warranty on your Mac mini.

However, you may install memory and other customer-installable parts without voiding your Apple warranty as long as those installations are done correctly. I wouldn't recommend such installations unless a person knows what they are doing. Apple wants to protect themselves from novices that break the innards of a computer through carelessness or inexperience. Macworld confirmed this with Apple back in 2010 (give or take) and if you read the Mac Mini manual carefully, the section warning you about install non-user-serviceable parts never mentions that it voids the warranty.
Didn't realize that, I was always under the impression it voided the warranty. I installed an SSD in my iMac so I could certainly do it in a mini, I'll have to do some more research. Thanks!

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Yeah, I can't remember how much it used to be... but it certainly looks less of a rip off now.

I've had bad experiences with the cheaper drives (OCZ & Crucial), but still have Intel drives going strong. Hence if I were to buy an SSD today, it's be the Intel 520 series. Just looking online the 240GB is £185, whereas Apple want £240 for their SSD... so still more expensive but less bad than I remember.
I heard a lot of negatives about the OCZ drives when I was shopping around, but I ended up with a Crucial m4 and it's been flawless for me so far (about six months now).
 

propower

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I have read many similar threads and the letter of the Mini warranty says "No User Serviceable Parts except for RAM". It will be then up to the particular Apple person you bring it to whether any disfunction is caused by what you did or the original hardware.

It is implied here that HD replacement is OK will not void any warranty issues. This is not a certain outcome so if one makes this mod (and even if you reverse it before bringing a unit in) you may very well have a good outcome. Then again you may not.
 

Ice Dragon

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If I get a 2012 Mini, I will be buying the SSD through Apple. I went through a hassle installing an SSD on the last one and will not be repeating that.
 

iamthedudeman

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Why would you give up native Trim support? Possible warranty coverage, and damaging your machine by saving $100? When the Apple SSD is a Samsung based 830. Really? Is a cheap savings worth the hassle?
Native Trim support alone is worth the extra cost:confused:
 

propower

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Jul 23, 2010
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.i don't think 256GB is enough i think i'll wait till they have 512GB option.
Considering only apple builds (not DIY)
Really wish they had a 512 option for +$500.... that would work for me

Right now: $799+$300 = $1099 256G SSD
or --------- $999 + $600 = $1599 for 256X2 SSD

First SSD will cost ya +$300, second is $500 more!

Horrible....
 

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