Late 2013 Macbook pro 15" SSD

pandy43k

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Hi,

does anyone know if the SSD in an early 2015 macbook pro 13" would fit in a late 2013 15" ?

they are both PCIe modules so i can't see why they wouldn't.....
 

JTToft

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Good question. I think that it will. The connector is the same, but another consideration is the physical size of the SSD itself.
Another way to look at it is the other way around: 2013 -> 2015. On that, Ifixit is a little vague, listing the part from the 2013 model as compatible will all Retina MBPs, but then specifying only the late '13 and mid '14. It might just be because the page hasn't been updated since the introduction of the 2015 model, though.
 

pandy43k

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thanks for those pics, they do look very similar. i have the opportunity to try it in a few weeks and wanted to take the drive from the 2015 as it will be 1tb over the 512gb in the 2013. they look the same size and the connector looks the same so I'm hopeful.

i was under the impression that the PICe x2 and x4 was based on the drive itself rather than the macbook, was the late 2013 1tb model not x4?
 

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yjchua95

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thanks for those pics, they do look very similar. i have the opportunity to try it in a few weeks and wanted to take the drive from the 2015 as it will be 1tb over the 512gb in the 2013. they look the same size and the connector looks the same so I'm hopeful.

i was under the impression that the PICe x2 and x4 was based on the drive itself rather than the macbook, was the late 2013 1tb model not x4?
You're correct, it's based on the drive itself and not on the MacBook.

Even my friend's 13" late-2013 rMBP with a 1TB SSD clocks in at around 1000MB/s, and a quick check via System Information showed it as PCIe x4.
 

doboy

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If the new drive uses NVM Express instead of AHCI it might cause some problems possibly. I wonder if NVM Express requires some hardware support from the Macbook or just the SSD.
2015 rMBP doesn't use NVM Express.
 

pandy43k

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it all sounds promising, i can't see why in at least theory it shouldn't work. i want to upgrade the 15" to a 1 tb drive before apple switch to NVME as i agree with you the macbook might not support it itself .

interesting about the PCIe x4 - the current stock 512gb pulls around 680mb/s write and 722mb/s read if that increases with the 1tb drive that would be great!
 

yjchua95

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it all sounds promising, i can't see why in at least theory it shouldn't work. i want to upgrade the 15" to a 1 tb drive before apple switch to NVME as i agree with you the macbook might not support it itself .

interesting about the PCIe x4 - the current stock 512gb pulls around 680mb/s write and 722mb/s read if that increases with the 1tb drive that would be great!
NVMe is not a physical connector. It's just a drive technology that greatly improves speeds to beyond 2000MB/s or so.

The NVMe SSDs in the 12" rMB are still connected over PCIe.

So long story short, I also don't see why NVMe-PCIe drives won't work in existing Haswell Macs either.
 

ooans

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I would very much like to have a 1TB 2015 SSD with about 1300MB/s read and write speeds in my Late 2013 rMBP.
 

pandy43k

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once i get my sticky mitts on the drive ill let you all know if it works. really hope it does!

maybe somebody else will get there before me and can let me know though.. :cool:
 

segalas

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I'm totally in on this thread!

I've been eye-balling that 1TB PCIe x4 SSD on eBay to replace my 512GB in my '13 MBP.

Looking forward to your install and feedback.
 
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ooans

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I'm totally in on this thread!

I've been eye-balling that 1TB PCIe x4 SSD on eBay to replace my 512GB in my '13 MBP.

Looking forward to your install and feedback.
Just make sure it's the new 2015 SSD instead of the 2013 one, cause there is a clear speed difference. I would think that finding 2015 1TB MBP SSD's could be a challenge right now, so I'm personally prepared to wait for some time until they are available.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Why??

I would very much like to have a 1TB 2015 SSD with about 1300MB/s read and write speeds in my Late 2013 rMBP.
Unless you are constantly moving very large files it'll make very little difference I/O performance is much more relevant to most use cases....
 

ooans

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Unless you are constantly moving very large files it'll make very little difference I/O performance is much more relevant to most use cases....
I am constantly moving large files. I know it will not have a clear effect on many things.

I currently have a 500GB SSD on my Late 2013 15" MBP and I regret I didn't originally buy the 1TB. I am constantly running out of space. If I am to buy a 1TB SSD via eBay or such, I would rather buy the faster one.
 

pandy43k

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It works!!!

Hi,

finally got my hands on the drive and can confirm it does work. A 2015 SSD will fit in a late 2013 15" laptop. the drive itself is the same length but is much wider than the 2013 SSD. however it still fits in the laptop with no modification at all.

to boot I'm getting 1366mb/s write and 1476mb/s read!!

hope this is helpful for others that wish to upgrade :cool::cool::cool:
 

pandy43k

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it was lifted from a 2015 13" macbook pro so sadly you can't buy it separately
 

bryanwongxin

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Would be nice to know when the Chinese (or whoever the sellers are) start selling these newer SSDs on Ebay!
I am Chinese. I searched our "Ebay"website -- taobao but found nothing about new SSD
But I found the brand new 2015 SSD on eBay,and it's very expensive...
 
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