MacBook Pro and Intel X25-M (G2) SSD?

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  1. ChaosAngel macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I am looking for some guidance. I have been offered an Intel X25-M 160GB SATA Solid State Drive 34nm G2 for a significantly discounted price and wanted confirmation that it will work in my MacBook Pro (Revision G - 2.8GHz C2D - UniBody)?

    Also, does anyone have any data on the expected performance improvements? Is it worth the upgrade?

    Finally, can I upgrade the X25-M SSD firmware on my MacBook Pro?

    Any other comments would be gratefully received.

    Cheers.
     
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  3. ChaosAngel thread starter macrumors member

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  4. andothfc macrumors regular

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    I've stuck a Intel G2 SSD into my 2010 MacBook Pro and the difference is fantastic. If you can afford it, it is easily the best upgrade you can make to a computer.

    People get bogged down in 4k read/write speeds and all sorts of nonsense - the real world experience is fantastic.
     
  5. blackreplica macrumors member

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    Using the X-25M 80GB version on my mid 2010 13 inch MBP. Two words: It's fast
     
  6. Iphone3gs macrumors 6502

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    ssd

    what is the discounted price you will be getting it for and how you getting the discount?

    can you get any more?
     
  7. nonlocal macrumors newbie

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    There are gazillions of threads about SSDs, so I'm just going to ask here.

    I bought the x25-m 120gb, and I'm about to install it.
    My question is: Should I update the firmware?

    On Intel's 'firmware update tool' page, I see '11/30/2009' as the release date.
    It's also written that the update is for (x25-m) all capacities.
    But I'm thinking, since the 120gb model is a more recent release, could it be wearing the latest firmware (thus no need to update) ?

    I can't find any info on this, so I would appreciate any help. Cheers
     
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    You can try updating the firmware. It won't do it if it's up to date. Remember to backup though

    Instructions
     
  9. nonlocal macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Actually I'm doing a clean install.
    So,just to be sure I'm doing it right,could you please confirm if that's the right process?

    1) Insert CD with firmware ISO, shut down.
    2) Swap drives, boot.
    3) Update firmware (or not), shut down again (?).
    4) Boot, insert SL disc, format ssd, install OS.
     
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    I think that's it. I've never done it so don't know exactly how to do it but I think you got it right
     
  11. nonlocal macrumors newbie

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    Well,one's got to try..
    The only thing that worries me a bit, is what happens after the firmware update. Will it shut down by itself, or will it give me the option? If not,should I hard reboot or that could be bad? At what point should I insert the OS disc?

    Sorry about the multiple questions,just wanna make sure I got it right before I begin.
    If anyone has the answers, I'd much appreciate it.
     
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    See this video, especially the ending. It will answer to your question
     
  13. gr4z macrumors regular

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    I have seen some posts saying the X25-M isn't as good as some of the competition nowadays. Any suggestions for an alternative or is the X25 the best out there for a MBP? Thanks
     
  14. Kauai macrumors 6502a

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    I think the real question is: Given that Apple downgraded from SATA II to SATA is an SSD even worth it anymore? At least in the MBP lines. Your going to see your speeds capped at half what a modern SSD can do, probably more as they improve. An improvement from a 7200 RPM yes but still not economically worth it if you ask me.
     
  15. gr4z macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that. After reading through loads of posts and only having the 320GB 5400rpm stock drive I took the plunge and bought one anyway :) I just need to replace the optical drive with a caddy and install the stock drive in there for added storage!
     
  16. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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    The intel drive is also the best in terms of non degradation of performance the more you use it.
     

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