MBP 15' 2015 SSD replacement

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  1. polanskiman macrumors member

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    Hello

    My 2011 MBP just died on me last week. Don't ask we all know what happened to it! Clue GPU.

    Anyway, I am looking to buy a new MBP 15' mid 2015 as I am not a fan of Apple's 2016/2017/2018 MBPs. I think they screwed things big time with those.

    So I found one MBP 2015 from an authorised reseller but it's a 256GB drive which is not enough. I need as a minimum 512GB. So I have been looking around at third party PCIe SSDs and came across 2 brands OWC (OWC Aura Pro X) and some brand I found on ebay (Hat SSD).

    What would you guys recommend? Any other brand you know of?

    FYI I need to keep the drive inside I don't want some eternal drive to extend the capacity of the MBP.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

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    Don't spend ridiculous amount of money on the OWC drives. Get you an ADATA SX8200 nVME 480Gb or 960Gb drive and a Sintech long adapter on amazon. You can go with the faster Samsung EVO 970 but the power consumption on that drive is too high and will cause the battery to drain much faster than the SX8200 or Intel 760P. I just did the upgrade on my 2015 MacBook Pro that I recently bought as well and it purrs like a kitten. I can't stand the new 2018 MacBook Pros either and I will be using this 2015 15" model until the new redesign 2020 Macbook pro comes out.

    Check out this thread for more info.
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/upgrading-2013-2014-macbook-pro-ssd-to-m-2-nvme.2034976/page-95

    Link to Sintech Adapter
    https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-Adap...id=1541466280&sr=8-2&keywords=sintech+adapter
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68020

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    I was looking at this adapter to use with one of those drives in my 2014 13" MBP.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FYY3H5F/?coliid=I1507BWGLENTNV&colid=3UE25CKFF25IF&psc=0
     
  4. Fancuku macrumors 65816

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  6. polanskiman thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you get the full speed of that SX8200?
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    I found this:
    https://www.rakuten.com/shop/adata/product/ASX8200NP-960GT-C/
    Unfortunately I live in Thailand and I am unable to find that 960GB locally and Rakuten doesn't ship outside USA.

    Also found this:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/960GB-ADAT...h=item1cbf21c9ea:g:LzoAAOSwXy1br-wA:rk:1:pf:1
    This could do it. It brings the price up to 230USD shipped to Thailand and most certainly 20% import taxes on top of that.
     
  7. polanskiman thread starter macrumors member

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    Are you seing any increased power consumption with the ADATA drive? Someone in the main thread says it is seing over 25% overnight with a ADATA 480GB.
     
  8. Rocko99991 macrumors 6502a

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    I have read increased power consumption, heat and occasional glitches with all 3rd party drives. I have not done this so I can't verify.
     
  9. Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

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    The power consumption feels a little higher than the stock Apple SSD and the only issue I really have the 5% -7% battery drain overnight in a span of 7:30 mins.
     
  10. turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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    Anyone using this adapter in a mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro?

    http://a.co/d/4oBF96e

    I would like to pop in a 970 Evo 2TB, but interested to hear some more and updated thoughts about any heat issues from those with Evo SSD's.
     
  11. gerbilbox macrumors regular

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    Several people in the big "Upgrading 2013/2014 Macbook Pro SSD to M.2 NVMe" thread use the long adapter, and that's the one that I just ordered. This person sounds like they're using that adapter: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...ssd-to-m-2-nvme.2034976/page-69#post-26303790

    From reading many of the posts in that massive thread, heat is a common problem with the Samsung EVOs, which is why people there generally recommend the ADATA SX8200 and Intel 760P. From my understanding, all NVMe SSDs use more power and run hotter than the original AHCI SSDs that Apple used, so any third-party NVMe SSD will be warmer and take a hit on the battery. Some are better about it than others, apparently.

    I ordered the ADATA one, so I can give an update in about a week or so.
     
  12. turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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  13. gerbilbox macrumors regular

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    I don't see a 2TB ADATA listed (I ordered the 960GB one). The Intel 760P has a 2TB option, but it's much more expensive.
     
  14. polanskiman thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thank you. By the way are you able to see the SMART status with that drive?
     
  15. weckart macrumors 601

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    DriveDX does a pretty good job in that respect.

    Screenshot 2018-11-07 at 07.46.14.png
     
  16. iPhonagain macrumors member

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