Installed a SSD in my MacBook and...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Allusion, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Allusion macrumors newbie

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    Overall I'm pretty impressed.

    I didn't bother going with the stock SSD option, instead I opted for an aftermarked pick.

    I ended up ordered a OCZ Core Series SSD. These drives for whatever reason on the forums get a lot of flak, but more of the reviews of them are pretty solid.

    Got everything loaded on there, Office, my iTunes music, etc. and it flies. I can go from off to Safari opened in about 20 seconds or so.

    Not much of a change in battery life, but the laptop doesn't heat up now...at all. It runs cool as heck.

    Kind of an unprofessional review, but if you were considering going with a SSD, the OCZ drives are reasonably priced for the capacity.
     
  2. wesleyJ macrumors member

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  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    wow you have a much faster boot time than i do. i counted 32s to opening safari. could you run an xbench of the ssd so i can compare? i am using the same drive.
     
  4. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    OCZ makes good SSDs and bad SSDs.

    The core series are fast overall, but the random speeds SUCK. Good luck installing programs, it will take 10x longer than a regular sata drive.
     
  5. Allusion thread starter macrumors newbie

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    fuzzie, I will look for this xbench program and get back to you.

    taylor- To be honest, the only program I installed so far is Office 2008 and it actually seemed to install *faster* on the SSD than on the default drive that came with it. Maybe it was just dumb luck or my perception was off, but I did not notice any real time increase in the installation.

    I *did* however, notice it took a tiny bit longer to import all my songs into iTunes (maybe about an extra minute or two for importing about 1100 songs), not a large enough jump for me to really get upset about at the time.

    However, I will admit I am highly interested in the newer Samsung and Intel drives, assuming they come to a reasonable price point soon.

    wesley- When I got mine, it was 170 with a 70 rebate (on newegg) for a 64GB drive.


    Admittingly when I got the drive and installed it, I didn't think I'd like it, however, after playing around with it for a bit, I'm highly enjoying it so far.
     
  6. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    I'm curious how well FileVault will work with an SSD.
     

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