Kingston 512 GB SSD or Intel 320 600 GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tyrion, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Tyrion macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking to put a humongous SSD into my 2011 MBP. Yes, I know it supports SATA-III, but as far as I'm aware that's still problematic, and I'm not about to wrap my SATA-cable in aluminium foil.

    So, I'm wondering which one you'd recommend: The kingston SSDnow V+ 512 GB, which can be had at a very decent price in my country, or Intel's 600 GB 320 SSD, which costs at least 200 more, but is apparently a bit faster - and perhaps more reliable. What do you think? Splash out on the Intel or go with the cheaper Kingston? For reference, I currently have a 128 GB stock SSD in my MBP, which is getting quite full.
     
  2. got2go macrumors member

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    Go with the Intel. If you are shelling out that much money anyways $200 isnt that big of a deal and the intel drives are much more reliable, come with a 5 year warranty and preform much better.
     
  3. Tyrion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. Fiesta macrumors newbie

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    I just got the intel 320. Seems great so far!! Would def recommend it.
     
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Ya, the Intel is the right drive for your MBP. Kingston are good drive but much more focused on price than anything else.
     
  6. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I've had the Kingston drive you're mentioning in my 17" MBP for a number of months now. It works great. No regrets here.
     
  7. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    I just installed an Intel 320 160gb in my MBP... No regrets. It runs great and the install went without a hitch.
     
  8. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

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    The Intel 320 has unrivaled reliability and a 5-year warranty
     
  9. amarcus macrumors 6502

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    Between the two I would go for the intel 320. Although have you considered going for the apple branded 512GB toshiba drives (can be found readily on eBay)?

    Adam
     
  10. g-boac macrumors 6502

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    amarcus - not a bad idea! Great suggestion! I've searched on eBay and have a question for you: are there any specific indicators, such as a specific part number, or a specific model number, that indicates this is a true Apple-branded Toshiba 512GB SSD?

    thanks!
    Mark
     
  11. amarcus macrumors 6502

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    There sure is. Look for the following model number:

    THNS512GG8BBAA

    The "AA" at the end of the model number signifies that the drive contains the custom Apple firmware.

    Good luck with the bidding!

    Adam
     

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