MBP 2010 15in.. SSD suggestion?

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  1. bLaZ3n macrumors regular

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    I have a mid 2010, MBP 15in 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5.. I just recently upgraded the ram to 8GB, and was wondering if there is a list of SSD's that work with my MBP? I need around 250GB space, 120GB can work too.. any deals? What are my best options?
     
  2. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much any 2,5" SATA SSD will work.

    So I recommend that you just read up on reviews for the latest models in that market and buy what you all-in-all consider to be the best one.
     
  3. DanGoh macrumors 6502

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    MBP 2010 15in.. SSD suggestion?

    If you can afford it, get the Samsung 840 Pro, which is $182 right now for the 250GB on Amazon. Otherwise I suggest the Samsung 840 Evo, which is $80 for 120GB, or $140 for 250GB.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Any SATA 2.5" SSD will work. Probably the best deal for price/performance right now is the Samsung EVO or the Crucial MX100. Grab whichever you can find cheapest.

    Read the final conclusions section of this review.
     
  5. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a

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    Personally I've stopped buying Samsung products for moral reasons after the worker deaths, child labor and cartels Samsung has not just been accused, but convicted, of actually running (rather than just taking part in).
     
  6. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Fellow 2010 15" user here. I've been running 8GB RAM and an OWC SSD for 4 years now (originally from an '08 13" MB), and it's been great.

    Today though, I'd lean towards the Crucial MX100 as suggested. The price is great for any capacity, though the 256GB model is the sweet spot at $109 on Amazon. I've put them in a MBP, iMac, Mac Mini, and a custom PC. They run great and will easily saturate the SATA II bus in your 2010. No use getting pro models when they will be bottlenecked by the SATA speed anyhow.
     
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    I put a Samsung EVO 840 500GB in my niece's 2010 white macbook. It made a huge difference in boot time and in app opening times. Putting in 8GB and moving to an SSD will make the most out of your machine and give a couple more years of life.
     
  8. bLaZ3n thread starter macrumors regular

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    What are the major differences between the Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB and the Crucial MX100 256GB? I'm really not familiar with the technical aspects but I see that the Samsung has faster/better write speeds?

    I'm just looking for the best affordable option, which includes a great price, space, performance, and reliability.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    They use different types of NAND chips, but as a practical matter, there is no difference. The speeds are almost exactly the same in every test. EVO a bit faster in some tests and the MX100 a bit faster in others.

    Thing is, your 2010 Macbook only has SATAII drive connections, so you are not going to get close to the max speeds in any SSD you buy.

    Here is a quote from the article I linked:

    Just get whichever one you can find on sale at the best price. You are not going to be able to tell the difference.
     
  10. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I recommend any of the Samsung SSDs. Apple uses them in their computers, so you know they are quality. I use a Samsung 830 256GB in my 2010 MBP, and it works well. Any 2.5" SSD will work though.

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    Doesn't matter at all for you because you are stuck at SATA II. Both will max out SATA II.
     
  11. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Don't be scared off by being "stuck" at SATA II - it's still a no-brainer upgrade, do it. I've got a 2008 MBP that I used until just recently, the SSD upgrade breathed new life into it.
     
  12. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Ditto, I had one in a 2007 MacBook Pro capped at SATA I, and it was night and day. Booted in 10 seconds from power to Mavericks desktop. CS6 flew too.

    All good advice, as always :D
    Whatever is cheaper is the answer here. Best of luck!
     
  13. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

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    You wont run into the SATA3 issues of later MacBook Pros so any SSD will work., but the Crucial MX100 is right around $180 for 256GB which is ridiculously cheap and it will give you a nice speed bump. My 2011 MacBook Pro with SATA3 boots from power off to the OS in 5 seconds.
     
  14. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    Kingston SSDNow V300

    Newegg lists the 120 G for $55 and the 240 G for $95. Amazon prices are similar, sometimes lower. I use the 120 in my MBP and get 333 MB/S read times with full disk encryption and no TRIM. Anything faster than 300 MB/S won't be noticeable in a SATA II computer, so I'd get the cheapest.
     
  15. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for the MC100 here. I replaced the original hard drive in my MacBook Pro worth the 512GB version, and the thing absolutely screams.
     

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