Get the 256GB SSD with the MBP or buy a 3rd party SSD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Illegit, May 19, 2009.

  1. Illegit macrumors newbie

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    I'm planning on buying the unibody 17" MBP. I want to get a 256GB SSD with it, but I am unsure of the quality of the SSD that can comes with the MBP. It is a $750 upgrade and 3rd party 256GB SSD drives tend to be slightly less expensive. The price is not really a factor. What I really want to know is how does the performance of the standard Apple 256GB SSD compare to the performance of a 3rd party SSD? Should I get the SSD included with the MBP or buy one separately? And if I should buy one separately, which model SSD should I get?

    Thanks.
     
  2. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    I'd get one separately. Either the 250/6gb Vertex, Summit, or Corsair.
     
  3. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    The Solid State Drive that Apple uses is Samsung based.

    Samsung is the only other manufactuerer of controllers, the other being Intel, that can actually make a controller worth something.

    The Samsung 256GB drive is really good, featuring 220MB/s read and 200MB/s write speeds without suffering stuttering, like many other Solid State Drives suffers from.
     
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...if the price isn't a factor, get the apple drive so you will be covered by them in the event of a problem with it - that would surely be worth the cost of applecare also.
     
  5. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    That's what I was gonna say too.

    I would also get it from Apple. If down the line you begin to have problems with the SSD, Apple might replace it for a more current/better SSD.
     

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