Macbook Pro 2015 early 13' SSD selection

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  1. Jimmy0319 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, I purchased a Macbook Pro 2015 early 13' with 8G RAM/128G SSD.
    I want to upgrade the hard drive to 512G but I don't know how to make a decision here.
    Here are two upgrade solution I've found:

    (1)Samsung SM961 SSD + PCI-E card: Price is about $319 (I can keep old SSD) with 30 days warranty.
    Pros: Very fast speed, read/write up to almost 1400MB/sec. Write speed is almost 2 times faster of original SSD.
    Cons: The sleep issue can be fixed(at least seller told me so) but sometimes it can't find hard drive when reboot. To solve this, I'll need to turn off the power and turn it on again.

    (2)Apple origin SSD : Price is about $336 (the old SSD used as mortgage) with 3 months warrany.
    Pros: read/write is about 1200MB/sec. No sleeping or reboot issue at all.
    Cons: It's slower than SM961.

    Which one should I choose? Please kindly advise, thank you very much~
     
  2. mickey.smith1958 macrumors newbie

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    I did not think that ram or storage could be upgraded once purchased. I have the same machine but with 256.
     
  3. Dadioh macrumors 65816

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    No contest. Get the Original Apple SSD. 100% compatible and no uncertainty hoping you don't have to fiddle around with sleep issues.

    Difference in speed would be undetectable except in a benchmark.
     
  4. jerryk, Jan 14, 2018
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    jerryk macrumors 68040

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    Go with the factory unit. Apple will test its OSes with only this unit. So when the next MacOS upgrade comes out and more problems appear with Samsung 961s and Intel drives, you just will just continue working.
     
  5. Jimmy0319 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice, I'll go with the original Apple SSD solution.
     
  6. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

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  7. mickey.smith1958 macrumors newbie

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    So I am wrong about being able to upgrade a 2015 after purchase? I can add memory or storage?
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    "So I am wrong about being able to upgrade a 2015 after purchase? I can add memory or storage?"

    RAM -IS NOT- upgradeable. What you buy it with is all you'll ever have.

    I believe the SSD/Flash storage is removable/replaceable, but not without some trouble and expense. Probably not worth the effort.
     
  9. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    The memory is soldered onto the board, so is not up-gradable. The SSD is a module, but uses an Apple proprietary interface. Some 3rd parties have reverse engineered this interface with varying degrees of success. But the only SSD module you can use, and be sure it will work is an original Apple part which is not sold to customer. You can only get it from eBay sources.

    So as Fishrrman said, it is probably not worth the effort.

    Personally I treat the retina and later MBPs as non-upgradable.
     

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