How much of a performance boost do OSX get with SSDs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bankaimadness, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. Bankaimadness macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    My four year old MBP is doing well without a SSD. Programs load up really quick and etc.

    NOt sure if I should swap out the HDD with a SSD in that case.

    Do you think OSX is fast enough that a SSD is generally not worth it as much than on Windows?
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It's a night and day difference.
  3. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    It is worth more than on Windows because Windows has a smart cache that can negate some of the HDD deficiencies. OSX not having to run on cheap netbooks and such never need as many such features. An SSD on OSX helps even more than on Windows and there it still makes a big difference.
  5. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The first time you install an SSD you will actually feel like the computer is waiting on you for the first time. All the little things you just got used to, like applications taking more than an instant to load and the OS taking more than 10 seconds to boot (*fully* boot, not boot to the login screen) you will realize how much of a bottleneck spinning disk storage has been. Do it, do it today, and you'll never regret it (especially with 500GB drives falling under $200 these days).
  6. eicca macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
    I can have a bunch of apps open, reboot with the "reopen windows" option, and be back right where I left off in 20 seconds.
  7. GGJstudios, Apr 20, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This will answer your question: On your Mac with a HDD, restart your computer and measure duration from the time you click "Restart" until the time you're back up, looking at your Desktop with your Dock and Menu Bar fully loaded. Then post how much time that took. See how it compares to this:
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    Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 6.17.27 PM.PNG
  8. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    It makes a huge difference. You think programs are loading really quick, but if you haven't had a Mac with a SSD, you're missing out.
  9. vedburtruba macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2015
    You just cannot imagine how huge the difference is :)

    Using SSD is the most worth upgrade for sure.
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    probably the most dramatic upgrade you can make on a PC.
  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    You literally won't believe the speed. It's that extreme.
  12. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    It really makes quite a difference, how much of a difference depends on the SATA version in your Mac.

    On my 2008 C2D MBP, the addition of a SSD was much quicker than the 7200RPM HDD that had been in it; when I took the same SSD out and dropped it in the refurb mid 2012 cMBP I just got, the difference was nothing short of amazing.
  13. ron1004 macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    2010 and older don't have SATA III, so it will be considerably faster, but not as fast as the 2011 and later machines with SATA III

    I have SSD's in my 2010 and 2011, so know first hand the speed difference.
  14. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
  15. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    Same here my 15" rMPB loads 7 seconds from cold boot. Restart usually is 6... sometimes 9 seconds.
    SSD is the main reason I love my Mac. It's just incredible, I am curious though how much faster the SSD in the 2015 models is (real world perfomance) I imagine maybe 5 seconds boot? lol

  16. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    To echo what others have said the difference is significant and certainly noticeable in day to day use. But, as with all computer upgrades, only pull the trigger if you're not happy with what you've got now. Ignore the specs, ignore what's marketed as faster and buy based on needs rather than wants if at all possible especially when talking about upgrading a 2011 mac.

    Think of it this way: if you're happy with what you have now would you rather spend the money on an SSD upgrade now or put those funds towards a new system whenever you need one?
  17. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    If you are happy with what you have, don't upgrade. It is that easy.

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