Early 2011 Macbook Pro Upgrade? Or buy new?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BGBUXA, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. BGBUXA macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Hey quick question, I am on the fence of either upgrading my Macbook Pro's HD to an SSD or just buying a new Mac. I have already upgraded the ram several years ago to 8GB.

    What are your thoughts, is it worth the upgrade for a machine that old?
  2. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    SSD's don't cost a lot and it's pretty easy to upgrade a 2011 MBP. I upgraded my 2011 MBP years ago and it made a lot of difference over the standard HDD, but before you go rushing out to buy one, what part of your system is slow. If it's boot times and time to open apps and files then and SSD will do the job. If you are doing something that requires loads of RAM or maxes out the CPU then you might need to replace the laptop. do your normal stuff and have activity monitor open and see where the performance issues are before buying anything. If you do decide to go for an SSD the Samsung Evo's are pretty good.
  3. BGBUXA thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2012
    awesome, thanks for the advice.
  4. Pearl Wisdom macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
    I've been using a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB drive in my early 2011 17" MBP for a year and a half without problems. I've used "trimforce enable" after upgrading to El Capitan. The system runs great, pretty competitive with newer models.

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