MacBook Pro 2011, SATA III or not?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Neverdyne, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Neverdyne macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2011
    Hello everyone, I'm about to get my first ever Mac and have kind of a dilemma. I really want to set up my MBP 2011 with an SSD, and ideally a SATA III SSD. However, I've been reading everywhere that most brands of SSDs (Intel 510, Vertex 3, C300, M4) right now have problems with freezes, lockups, etc. From what I've read this happens only with SATAIII and not SATAII.

    Since I have a desktop with LGA1336 and no SATAIII, I was thinking that maybe the best route is to get an Intel 320 drive, install it on the MBP, then once things are resolved or more information is out, switch that drive into my desktop and get a SATAIII drive for the MBP. What do you guys think? Should I take the risk and go for SATAIII straight up? Or get SATAII now and switch later on?

  2. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    No, they work fine. There are always people with problems, but that's what a return period is for. The vast majority have no problems, and if yours does you'll know right away.
  3. sunnyj macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2010
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    you should be fine as long as you dont have a 17"
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
  5. andy318 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Same here. I installed a 240GB Vertex 3 SSD in my 2011 13" MacBook Pro and it works just fine. I can see in System Profiler that its running in 6Gbps (SATA III) mode and i haven't encountered any beachballs/freezes.
  6. the_fellowship macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    London, UK
    My Vertex 3 240GB SSD is working fine in my i5 MBP 13" 2011
  7. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    If you care more about speed and don't mind jumping through a few hoops to update firmware, then get a Sandforce-based drive. If you want an SSD that you'll never have to worry about again, get an Intel 320.
  8. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
  9. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Vertex 3 is working fine for me too. The tough part is updating the firmware, which currently is not possible on a Mac.
  10. kahkityoong macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    That seems to be the current consensus. The 17" is a 50/50 proposition while the 13" and 15" work fine in the hard drive bay.
  11. hmo66 macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
    This is my first post. I have a 2011 MBP 17 and happen to purchase the vertex 3 just because I had OCZ in my PC for over a year, trouble free.

    I had the same issues with this drive where installation goes through but stuttering and sloooow performance have driven me crazy. So I requested a refund (Amazon) and placed an order for SATA II drive.

    Last night, i stumbled upon the shielding solution thread, one more time, and thought I should try it before sending the OCZ drive!

    So, I sheilded the cable with aluminum foil and following are test results:
    1) Installation was completed in half the time (I am installing from flash drive in both cases)
    2) Stuttering is 95% gone, but not completely.
    3) Getting solid speed numbers of around 400 (both read/write) compared to not completing at all before shielding.

    So what did I decide to do? I am going forward with the replacement and will settle with the SATA II for now, saving $100. I don't want to waste any more time/money on this issue. But it is clearly that Apple did something wrong here.

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