First time MacBook Pro Purchaser - to SSD or not?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Claydon, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Claydon macrumors newbie

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    Greeting's,

    I shall soon be purchasing a 15 inch MacBook Pro 2.93Ghz and was wondering if the 128GB SSD option was worth the outlay when you take into account the performance versus price comparison? I do like to game, not extensively, so this would be a benefit. I also like the power saving and added reliability inherent of the SSD.

    I do not have a desktop, nor do I want one and use portable HD's as my mass storage devices. I've had little to no contact with SSD, hence the question.
     
  2. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    If you have the cash go for it, 128 is pretty small. But their fast.
     
  3. Claydon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know 128 GB is small but I keep a lot of movies, music, pictures etc. on Portable HD's I don't see this as a problem. Unless I've missed something?
     
  4. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

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    I have heard people complain about stutter issues with apples ssds. Check out the intel x25 ssd
     
  5. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    SSDs are good stuff, most pple dont get them because $ for a reliable one, and also b/c they are so small. I personally would love one but wont till they are reliable at 500gb
     
  6. eron macrumors 6502

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    I think most people would want a huge SSD if they have the money. Cost is one of the main deterrents.

    Other than say better, bigger and cheaper SSDs releasing soon, I say get a SSD.
     
  7. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Don't buy the SSD with Apple. You might get better SSDs by buying it separately. Intel X25-M just dropped in price today, 320$ for 80GB and 630$ for 160GB. They are the best SSD right now for Macs with OCZ Vertex second (120GB for 350$).
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes buy a MacBook Pro; no, don't buy it from Apple.

    In fact, I'd as far to say, just get the stock middle (AKA 2.66GHz) configuration model and buy an Intel X25-M.
     
  9. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    If he didn't say it. I would have. Probably, the best resale value config is the stock middle flavor. That way you can upgrade, then downgrade to sell.
     
  10. Claydon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And installation is relatively simple i.e. for somone who's sole upgrading skill is slotting in RAM?
     
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    For the newer laptops, it is as easy as replacing the battery.
     
  12. Claydon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds ideal. Though I assume you have to install the OS as well.

    I just had a look at the prices and they are quite steep. It'll be close to $1000 Australian if I purshase a 160 GB Intel X25-M.
     
  13. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    if you want this for casual gaming i dont think that it is worth it at this point. SSD's will probably come down in price soon. i think you should wait. it will only save you 5-10 seconds on loads but other than that their wont be much difference in games. in my opinion not really worth the $400+ that they go for right now. but if you have to do it get it from a 3rd party. newegg is probably the best or macsales
     
  14. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    You can easily restore from a Time Machine backup. How much in AUS if you upgrade to SSD with Apple?
     
  15. Claydon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For the 128GB it's AUD$530.
     
  16. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Get the SSD. The speed is worth it. I will never buy another computer without one.
     
  17. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Well, I suggest still to buy separately. I think your AUS cost isn't up to date yet, it might drop down soon as Intel only dropped the price today. It should be around $890 AUS in a week or so for the 160GB Intel. You can wait another 6 months and it should drop more another 100$ AUS. Up to you.
     
  18. bli625 macrumors 6502a

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    I personally would wait until SSD's drop in price and get larger in capacity. In terms of the technology.. there is still a lot to be done on reliability of the SSD.
     
  19. aleni macrumors 68000

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    i just installed Corsair SSD 128GB ($370 a bit pricey in indonesia) on my UMBP17" with 2.66ghz.

    why i bought it? because after using Macbook Air rev.B with SSD, i can't no longer want to use a traditional hard drive.

    the SSD might be expensive right now and has small capacity, but it's the only spare part that makes the performance of your computer really high, i mean really high is REALLY HIGH!.

    go for it if u got the money to burn, and i too keep all my movies and such in my trusty WD passport external hard disk.
     
  20. magamo macrumors 6502

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    If you can afford it and the capacity isn't a problem, go for it. As some other posters said, the most sensible option would be installing a fast, reliable SSD such as X25 and vertex into the 2.66Ghz model, I think. The speed gain from higher clock frequencies pales in comparison with what you get from a SSD unless you usually run extremely CPU extensive apps, in which case probably you don't want a laptop in the first place.

    Replacing the standard HDD with a SSD and installing Leopard is quite easy. Some members of this forum had trouble installing SSD of some brands, but you should be safe as long as you choose a drive recommended in this thread. I'm using 160GB X25-M on my UMBP and installation was smooth.

    One thing no one has mentioned in this thread is "silence." SSD don't make a mechanical noise like conventional hard drives. It's so quiet you can only hear a slight fan noise while using MBP for usual tasks. It's a huge plus for a laptop if you ask me. Actually I was tempted to disable the optical drive because its noise when I boot my laptop became quite annoying.

    The difference in power consumption seems to be negligible, at least to me.

    Anyway, I recommend a SSD. I heard SSD users say, "It's the biggest single upgrade I have ever made" and "I will never use a HDD for my laptop." I couldn't agree more with these comments. Of course, the speed gain is like a few seconds for each app launch, and it may seem to be insignificant. But in my opinion the snappy feeling it gives is huge. A responsive computer may save you only several minutes a day, but I think it's the feeling that increases your productivity.

    Sorry for the long post. It's just my experience with SSD was so good...
     
  21. aleni macrumors 68000

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    +10000!

    anyway, after i put SSD and removed the optical drive from my UMBP17, the weight is quite similiar to UMBP15" now. lol. or is it just a feeling?
     

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