Early 2011 17" MBP SSD Upgrade

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  1. Lucagfc macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    I' m an happy Early 2011 17" MBP with the standard 750 GB HDD (In my case in a Toshiba drive). I wan' t to with to a fast and silent SSD solution.

    In the last month I' ve not followed the SSD world but few month ago I read that the OCZ Vertex 2 was a really good and fast SSD.

    Wich is the situation now? What is the best 256 GB SSD value for money? I wan' t a really fast drive but I' m not prepared to spend a lot of money to buy the BEST drive in the market. I' m searching for something that has good performance but also a good price! Thanks!
     
  2. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    If you look at the Vertex 2 reviews on Newegg, 60GB, 90GB and 120GB, you'll see many failures.

    Reliable SATA II drives: Samsung 470 now and Intel 320 when the new firmware comes out.
     
  3. Lucagfc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for answer. I' m searching for a 256 gb SSD model. Is Samsung and Intel also good in performance?
     
  4. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    I just installed a Crucial M4 in my 17" 2011 I7 today.
    Just make sure you upgrade firmware.

    Its SataIII and no problems , its insanely fast, and surprised how much cooler my laptop is on my lap now. (Wasn't expecting that.)
     
  5. Fugue macrumors 6502

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    How is the battery life? Was it easy to upgrade the firmware?
     
  6. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    Firmware was easy to update.

    Downloaded Firmware, burnt it to a CD, rebooted, it auto updated and was done.

    Can't comment on the battery yet, Spotlight has been indexing and Time machines been backing up so I been on AC all day.

    From what I've read, it is a nice bump in battery time, especially since I had a 7200 rpm drive before.

    The laptop is definitely much cooler.

    I'll update later on real usage battery life.
     
  7. XandeR803 macrumors member

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    I'm also interested in the battery life as I have the exact same setup as you and thinking about ditching the Intel 320 (due to reliability concerns).
     
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    Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    It's significantly more than my 7200 RPM drive.
    Been on battery just using Safari for the 1/2 hour and its saying over 8 hours still. My 7200 rpm drive would of been around 5 - 5 1/2.

    Seems to good to be true (Ill be honest, was expecting 30-45min.). I'll post back in a few hours.
     
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    Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    After 2+ hours of use: Sitting at 78%, (amazed)
    50% Bright, Wifi on
     
  10. Lucagfc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I sale the crucial m4 prive and it' a too expensive for me....
     
  11. XandeR803 macrumors member

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    SL or Lion?
     
  12. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    Lion
     
  13. Lucagfc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    to return in topic:

    At this moment there' s no a drive with good performance like the Crucial M4 with a lower price? Thanks!
     

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