Help me choose SSD and RAM brand for my 2009 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by House Crasher, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Joined:
    Aug 4, 2012
    Hi all,

    Time to upgrade my trusty 2009 15" MBP. Just bought the 11" MBA Ultimate and I'm so blown away at the speed that it's time to refresh the pro.

    Simply put either 256 or 512 works, and 8 gig ram. Many brands out there to choose, money no object, what would you pick?

    Thanks a bunch
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    RAM doesn't really make a difference what brand you get. Anything with good reviews at newegg should work fine.

    SSD many either pick the M4, or the Samsung 830. I personally would go with this 830 for both speed and reliability.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Samsung 830 or Vertex3 or Crucial M4 as SSD, for RAM either OWC or Corsair or Crucial.
  4. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010

    I agree with previous poster. Can't go wrong with the Samsung 830. Check around the various sites for the SSD as prices and sales tend to vary. Also, is a good place to check for the RAM. Corsair has been a choice of many here on MR, Including myself.
  5. snoylekim macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011

    Upgraded a mid 2009 2.66 2 months ago .. Crucial 2 4 Gig sticks .. Samsung 256 830 .. Chose Samsung based on research of how well this played with the Nvidia Storage Controller and The EFI 1.7 upgrade ..It doesn't use the Sandforce Controller, and had a rep for reliability w/ this config .. so far, so good ..
    It's not a heavy duty primary machine anymore, but this upgrade definitely worth the money ..
  6. samarth1 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2012
    Grayslake, IL
  7. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
  8. maxwelltech macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2011
    Irvine, CA, USA
    For SSD nearly everyone of them will work. The three SSDs that I will buy personally are Crucial m4, Samsung 830, and SanDisk Extreme. These three drives offers the perfect combination of performance, reliability and price. OCZ drive have the fastest benchmarks but they are not very reliable, so I don't recommend them.
    For RAM I recommend this Crucial RAM NOTE: no matter what ram you choose, make sure it is 1066mhz, or you will probably ran into issues
  9. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I haven't bought a SSD yet, but I did recently upgrade my RAM. I have always had good luck with Corsair.

    I went with this set. and it works great in my mid-2009 13" model.
  10. noodile macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2012

    Poster forgot to say:

    Coupon code "EMGEE1515" slashes it to $189.99. With free shipping,


    I'd personally go with the samsung 830. (i'm getting one when i see it around 160-180 or by mid-september max) its been around $200 on offers these past few days.

    Follow SSD offers @

    as for alternatives, if you really dont want a samsung 830. How about maybe a Kingston Hyper X or an intel 520. (read good reviews, but nothing from personal experience).
  11. zuckuss00 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2012
    I went with a Samsung 830 SSD 256GB and upgraded the RAM with a Crucial 8GB 1333 MHz kit. Zero problems and it turned my already quick MacBook into a lightning bolt.
  12. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010

    Thanks for the coupon code and website info. I think the price of the 830 will get even lower. Maybe I'm cheap, but I plan to wait a little longer before I take the plunge.
  13. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    That 2009 is virtually redundant.

    The upper end retina MBP with 16GB and 768GB?

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