Do SSDs need a lot of free space to run well?

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  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    I'm considering an SSD for my MBP. Since they're so expensive, I'm considering a 120 GB drive. I don't store a lot of info on my MBP - I use it mostly as a "terminal" and access my data through the cloud. But I'm wondering if SSDs require a significant amount of free space like normal hard drives do to perform at their best.

    For example, would a 120 GB drive slow down considerably if there was 100 GB of data on it?
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I think what it boils down to is TRIM or garbage collection.

    as macs don't support trim you should get one that has garbage collection.
    other then that i see no issues.
     
  3. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I'm pretty uneducated about SSDs. What is garbage collection? I'm considering the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro. Does that have what I need?
     
  4. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    The OWC drives have all you need. Though, if you do not need the SSD now, I would wait until Intel releases their Gen3, which are expected to drop current prices significantly.
     
  5. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Any idea when this may be? My timeframe isn't urgent. If the Gen3 is coming out in a month or two I could wait; if it's going to be 6-12 months, I'd probably go ahead with the OWC.
     
  6. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    If I remember correctly they are due lqter this year.
     
  7. neondrgns macrumors regular

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    you really only have 1 story there buddy, the last 2 use the first source as their reference. Also who the hell is nordichardware seriously, they are just guessing



    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1410/1/
    says that intel and sandforce both confirmed release in Q4

    also, nowhere on Intel's roadmap says they are doing a 120gb model
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/16/intel_lyndonville/

    OCZ has a 120gb model, and it would make sense that they would be releasing after intel. I feel like they got their stories mixed up
     
  8. vant macrumors 65816

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    I doubt Intel postponed it. They just had their chips at the Sandforce booth last week (Sandforce Controller and Intel 25nm chips).
     
  9. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I like that Intel is planning a 160 GB. While the 120 GB would probably be enough for me (because I store my data on my Mac Pro and in the cloud), 160 GB would definitely be enough.

    Then again, I'm thinking of getting a "Data Doubler" kit from OWC that would allow me to use the existing HD in the MacBook in place of the optical drive, which I rarely use. I burn/rip CDs/DVDs on my Mac Pro when I need to do that.

    I could put OS X and all frequently used data on the SSD, and some of the less commonly used stuff on the HD.

    Or just wait a couple months for the Intel. Hmmmm.
     
  10. neondrgns macrumors regular

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    you can get by with a 80gb hard drive if you are going that route...also if you want OCZ Vertex 2 or Agility 2 drives are some of the fastest and considered to be one of the best, they are 120gb at like $220-250,
     
  11. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Bare Feats tested a bunch of the SSDs including the OZC drives, and rated the OWC the best of class. I think part of the reason was that Lloyd Chambers rated it the highest after seasoning. In fact he said it was the only SSD drive he recommended as of 4/2010.

    But I don't really know what I'm talking about here, so feel free to set me straight.
     
  12. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Heh. What about two 60 GB SSDs in a RAID 0 in my MacBook? $320 vs $300 for the single 120 GB, and even faster.
     

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