OWC vs. Crucial vs. Samsung SSD for MacBook Pro? Best brand SSD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by logicstudiouser, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502

    logicstudiouser

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    I am upgrading to SSD (finally). My question is about the various ones on the market. I have seen the Samsung Evo, but also OWC Mercury 6G. And then there is crucial? What would you recommend?
     
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    CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    I like and use Samsung 850 EVOs, so that would be my first pick. Followed by the Crucial MX200. I do not recommend the OWC SSDs since I think they are overpriced and older technology.

    Here is a long thread "SSD Buying Guide" that might have some useful information for you:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ssd-buying-guide-part-2.1898945/
     
  3. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Samsung 850 Pro. Installed in my company's 2012 Mini Servers, just bought another for my Mini Server on sale at Fry's last weekend. Benchmarks we've run keep us coming back to that SSD as an OS drive. SSDs are great upgrades, the 850 Pro is the perfect upgrade - I really don't notice much fall off from my PCIe SSD in my rMBP...
     
  4. loby macrumors 6502a

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    Another plus for the Samsung 850 pro (not the 840).
     
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    I've had no issues with my Samsung 1TB SSD as the system drive on my old iMac.
     
  6. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    Me and my colleague use adata drives.
    the 240GB in my macbook has a read and write of 540 and was on offer at £45.

    Most seem to have very similar read and write speeds.
    But it all down to quality of chip and controller.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm partial to Samsung myself, I think its a quality product and you can't go wrong.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Don't buy the OWC... overpriced and no better than the alternatives.

    IMO the Crucial MX300 or the Samsung EVO 850 are about the best bang for the buck. Just grab whichever you can find the cheapest.
     
  9. pawtracks macrumors regular

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    I prefer Samsung 850 Pro, longest warranty 10yrs, see Page (2)
    I've upgraded several hundred laptops, mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro single or dual SSD RAID without issue or failure over the last ~2 years.
     
  10. logicstudiouser thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks everyone. I ended up finding an 'open box' evo for a really good deal. Going to install it tonight!
     

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