OCZ Vertex 2 in 2011 13"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fugue, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Fugue macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    I was wondering if these OCZ Vertex 2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...na&AID=10521304&PID=4169666&SID=182orw1u7jhyu) is faster the Apple SSD. It is currently on sale for $180 and that seems like a great deal.

    I am planning to buy a 2011 13" i5 and my two options are as follows:

    1) 13" 2011 i5 with 128GB SSD from Apple - $1,100 (education discount plus free iPod & printer which I will sell)

    Total Price after I sell iPod for about $170 = $1,154

    2) 13" 2011 i5 from Microcenter
    OCZ Vertex 2 120gb - $180

    Total Price = $1,180

    This is without taxes. If I were to count taxes I think the prices would come out to be the same. Buying from Apple I get a built to order machine with Trim support enabled and ease of mind. The downside is that I need to wait a month for the iPod promotion and sell the iPod touch.

    By buying from Microcenter I get the Mac instantly but I have to install the SSD myself (I have never opened a computer in my life, but from the videos I have seem it looks extremely simple). I also get a theoretically faster SSD that does not have TRIM enabled.

    Does the OCZ Vertex 2 cause any problems at all the with 2011 13"? I know for a fact that the Apple SSD does not so it is a gamble.

  2. far4477 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Since its a 2011MBP I think you could even go with a sata 3 for better performance.
  3. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    It is not stable from the many posts I have read. I am not willing to sacrifice stability for speed. Furthermore, the read world speed difference when opening applications is negligible.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The Vertex 2 uses the same Sandforce controller as the OWC SSD in this test, so yes it will likely be faster than the OEM SSD. Unless you are doing a lot if data intensive work, there will not be a huge difference going with the newer SATA III drives and you will be happy with a SATA II drive like you are considering.

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