MBP 13 2.4ghz with SSD or 2.66ghz

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  1. bagoo macrumors newbie

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    I am considering 3 options (all cost about the same)

    2.4 ghz with 128gb SSD from apple
    2.4 ghz with 160gb SSD (intel) that I would put in
    2.66 ghz standard

    Which do you think I will get the best performance out of? Things I generally do - internet, microsoft office, mail, and skype. Also I tend to have lots of things open and one time.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Definitely the #2, 2.4GHz with Intel SSD. The bump in CPU speed is unnoticeable unless you do something CPU intensive day after day (such as video encoding). Intel SSD is a lot faster than Apple's and also bigger plus you get the stock HD
     
  3. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Agreed ................... with the admonition to also look at the Crucial C300 128/256G SSD.

    JMO, but the 2.66GHz MBP isn't a very good value.
     
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  5. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    Whatever you do not buy the 2.66GHz model.

    But option 2 seems like the best idea, Intel SSD> Apple SSD.
     
  6. TrojanX macrumors member

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    I would go with #2 because you have the standard drive as a back up. Just a tip, if you do bring it in for a problem unrelated to the hard drive switch the original one back in because Apple has a bad track record with blaming most problems on the replaced hard drive. Just a tip.

    Also, if you pick up the latest edition of Macworld, there is a section of speeding up you mac. It goes, in depth, into SSD and even has a chart that times a lot of performance things. They suggest the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD is the fastest overall. I will see if I can find that chart for you online somewhere.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Plus Apple is known to change the SSD for HD and not returning the SSD so you don't want to lose your 400$ SSD

    OWC is definitely one of the fastest for SATA 3Gbit/s at the moment. 285MB/s speeds are amazing! Here is one comparison.
     
  8. TrojanX macrumors member

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    Just as a cautionary note, avoid kingston SSDs because they are a lot slower than comparatively priced models. Also, SSDs have a reputation of slowing down after a few years, or so says Macworld, and I would definitively try to find one with a 5 or so year warranty. The OWC one I suggested comes with a 5 year warranty.
     
  9. Kahalu'u Bob macrumors 6502a

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    I went with a 13" with the Apple SSD because having AppleCare cover the whole package was worth it to me.
     
  10. TZRaceR6 Guest

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    This comment is bvllshit. I own a Kingston V+ series SSD and if you want to call it slow, be my guest. I guess if you are counting nano-seconds or pico-seconds between drives, then it may be slower, but I'll take my 15 second boot times and under 2 second app load times and compare them to any other drive out there.
    AndsSo far not a single issue with it. I'll recommend my 128GB SSD to anyone, especially at a price of $279.
     
  11. bagoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the help! I am going with the ssd and the 2.4ghz.
    I decided to order the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE 100gb because of the over provisioning and the ability to safely raid it if I want to upgrade to that at a later date.
     
  12. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    That would be theft. I don't think they would do that here in Taiwan but I suppose this would depend on where you are at.
     
  13. Eric-PTEK macrumors 6502

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    Agreed.

    I have a Kingston 64gig, and no its not the fastest drive on the market, reading it is, but writing it's slower than other SSD's but still 2x the speed of a physical drive.

    I paid $97 for it on sale but then again I have no need for local storage, everything is stored on a server so it was a perfect setup and price.
     

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