Intel Solid State Drives

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  1. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    I am SO CLOSE to pulling the trigger on an SSD right now and I need one more help recommendations wise.

    I'm looking at mainly an Intel drive for my 2011 15" MBP. I know SF-based drives are faster but it seems like there are so much issues plagued with them and they are very costly as well. So I am only looking towards Intel drives for their reliability and price point.

    And so I have a few questions...

    Is the 320 issue free when it comes to the MBP?
    Can anyone weight in on the comparison between the 320 and the 510 or other drives? Provided that you own them and real world difference that is.
    And is TRIM necessary with this drive?
     
  2. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    Glad you asked this, something I would really like to know. Sorry I cant be helpful...
     
  3. satirev macrumors 6502

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    if i understand right, 510 is sata 3, and 320 is sata 2, and since you have a 2011 mbp, youd want to go for the 510. both are very reliable drives and come with a 5 year warranty.

    my question is, with lion coming out soon, im wondering if certain drives will perform better with the new OS than others.

    any thoughts?
     
  4. holytexas123456 macrumors newbie

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    I have heard that there are often compatibility issues between the macbook pro sata III chip and many sata III ssds. Since it sounds like you are looking for a plug and play solution, I would verify that you will not have any compatibility issues with whatever sata III intel ssd you choose.
     
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  6. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    Remember these are with windows pc's, have to consider what happens on a mac, there have been problems, but i think they are sorted.
     
  7. wikus macrumors 68000

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    Since Intel SSDs can have their firmware updated on macs whereas OCZ cannot (they require linux boot disc) thats one more reason to get the Intel SSD (it also uses 1/3 of the power when idle compared to OCZ, not bad!)
     
  8. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    Yeah I know, I will be buying this drive (80% sure ATM), im just saying that there have been problems. AFAIK, the problems are 17" models from before april though
     
  9. audiofx macrumors regular

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    i have a 120gb 320 intel in my MBP 2011. It has been about 3 weeks, best upgrade i have done so far. I don't do benchmarks etc, just go on real world what i notice and its night and day, very pleased
     
  10. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    why did you choose this over the 510?
     
  11. wikus macrumors 68000

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    I'm in the same boat, its either the Intel 510 120gb or the OCZ Vertex 3 120gb. The OCZ is blazing fast, and especially faster with write speeds. I've heard that Apple plans on having TRIM support in OS X Lion for OCZ SSD drives, so I'm going to wait until its final release (or even 10.7.1 or 10.7.2).

    The 3% failure rate of the OCZs is whats holding me back.
     
  12. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    Apple do work with intel processors, so i would imagine they would give trim support to intel before most other manufacturers. Also, would you notice the write speed difference. You might do, all i write is a word document or a small file usually.
     
  13. wikus macrumors 68000

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    I try to write as little files as possible to my boot drive to keep it clean. Most of the stuff that gets written to is my secondary storage drive, so write speeds won't be much of an issue.

    However, there are those odd times where I use the desktop folder as a temporary place to write some files, like doing a test rendering of a large movie file (only because i dont have to go through the finder to find it).

    Theres still time for OSX Lion to be released, TRIM support could be there for all drives (and it damn well better).
     
  14. KJmoon117 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome that this came out but my choice remains the same: the 160GB 320 or the 120GB 510.

    I just want the drive that not only has excellent real world performance but is also very reliable. Im debating whether the 510's performance is worth the two years off the warranty.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    The new MBP actually support 16gb of RAM. But at quite a cost.
    Oops wrong thread.
     
  16. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Alot of people are having issues with the 510. Do a Mroogle search.
     
  17. KJmoon117, Jun 7, 2011
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    Will do, but I think the problem is isolated with the 17" having problems with the SATA 6 bay and if not, I think the EFI firmware fixed it because the complaints are pretty much gone from these forums.
     
  18. audiofx macrumors regular

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    Honestly, it was a birthday gift from my brother. so i didn't choose it just figured id chime in on the results
     
  19. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    Oh ok, haha, that was very kind of him then
     
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    Those posts seemed to stop after the MBP EFI update. I think that fixed a lot is SSD problems for all SSD brands.

    You can search the forums for problems with any brand and you will see posts from users having troubles.
     

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