looking for sata 2 ssd

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  1. nibuoy macrumors member

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    Hi everyone,
    I have a 2010 mbp 15 inch and am looking for an upgrade to ssd. My budget is 300 USD. I am currently using ~80 gb in mac osx and 30 in windows. I'm looking for an 120-160gb ssd.

    What is the fastest sata 2 ssd out there, under 300?
    I've been looking at the intel 320 and ocz vertex 2. Which one is better? Any other suggestions?

    Also, will buying sata 3 ssd's be a waste of money, or will they still perform faster than sata 2 ssd's in my mac?

    Thanks
     
  2. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    There was a recent tekkzilla video on SSD...I would suggest you check it out.

    I believe IBM has released new SSDs that have received great reviews.
     
  3. nibuoy thread starter macrumors member

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  5. mwhq macrumors member

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    Just purchased a 160GB Intel X25-M, upgraded to 8GB RAM

    Results? Boots up the OS in 13 seconds, mammoth improvement in application startup, best SSD for MBP, the Vortex 2 is unreliable and you can pick the Intel one up for £200 or near your $300 budget
     
  6. nibuoy thread starter macrumors member

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    It looks like I'll be getting the Intel 320 then.
    Anything else better for the money?
     
  7. mwhq macrumors member

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    No, X25 is the cheapest and most compatible, it's money well spent.
     
  8. p3t3rsn macrumors newbie

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    I own x-25, vertex and vertex 2 and the vertex 2 is definitely the fastest. Newegg has them on a shell shocker deal today.
     
  9. p3t3rsn macrumors newbie

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    Also IF you can wait a tad longer I would. The Corsair Force 3 with 85k IOPS (vs Vertex 3 60K IOPS and Vertex 3 "Max IOPS" w/ 75k IOPS) looks to be "the" SF2000 to beat...but it could also just be marketing hype. The Crucial M4 which is still the "other" SSD that is a beast.

    With that being said...its not like the std Vertex 3 is slow or anything. So if you need one now...its not a "bad" choice by any stretch!
     
  10. nibuoy thread starter macrumors member

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    One thing I have to take into account is that my mbp only supports Sata II.
    Will the new corsair force 3/crucial m4/vertex 3 (all Sata III) still be much faster than Sata II ssd's like intel 320 on my computer?
     
  11. p3t3rsn macrumors newbie

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    According to this article chances are you are not going to notice much real world difference. The articles compares the 2010 vs 2011 and SSD performance.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/the-macbook-pro-review-13-and-15-inch-2011-brings-sandy-bridge/7
     
  12. mwhq macrumors member

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    No, you should stick with SATA II. You won't be able to make best use of the SATA III so not a relevant disc to note in your situation.
     
  13. mwhq macrumors member

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    Interesting, I have the Vertex 2 as well, ran into problems with it in my MBP so put it in my Windows DAW and used the X25-M for the MBP.
     

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