Quality of current MBP 256GB SSD?

leicaUser

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Can anyone comment on the quality of the current MBP 256GB SSD. Is apple still using the samsung drive? I read that this drive was supposed to be very good?
 

newdeal

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its crap. If you get the HDD model and spring for either an Indilux, Intel or sandforce based drive (preferably intel or sandforce) you will notice it is significantly faster than the samsung apple still uses for some reason
 

leicaUser

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Well, i have researched Intel drives extensively and seems that they don't even make anything at this point larger than 64gb (??) and that their specs are generally not better than the samsung. on the other hand, from what i see, it looks like the samsung and crucial 256gb drives are rated neck and neck and both regarded very highly..... ??
 

Gabriel GR

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Well, i have researched Intel drives extensively and seems that they don't even make anything at this point larger than 64gb (??) and that their specs are generally not better than the samsung. on the other hand, from what i see, it looks like the samsung and crucial 256gb drives are rated neck and neck and both regarded very highly..... ??
Your use of "extensively" scares me.
 

aduck

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I had an Air with the Samsung SSD Apple offers, and a unibody MBP with the Intel X25-M 160 G2 now.

The Intel will run circles around the Samsung. I'd still rather have any SSD over a normal drive, but for the money the Intel blows the Samsung out of the water.
 

John Kotches

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It says : "Transfer Rate 6Gb/sec (compatible 3Gb/sec)". Does the MBP affect this somehow, like restrict it to 3 GB/sec ? Would one experience a bottleneck ?
The current MBP doesn't have 6 Gbit/second SATA, only 3Gbit/second. So the drive would run in 3Gbit/second mode. Will there be a bottleneck? In theory yes. In practice, probably not noticable.
 

akm3

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Bu..bu..bu...the Samsung drives are arsenic and brominated flame retardant free!
 

Gabriel GR

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withdrawal

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So if I want to get a better SSD, I buy a MBP with an HDD, then take it into crucial or whoever and they will remove old / install new drive? Sounds expensive and messy.

Is the stock MBP SSD really that much slower, enough to warrant paying $500-800 more? Plus, who's to say the refresh won't have a better SSD?
 

rumpus

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So if I want to get a better SSD, I buy a MBP with an HDD, then take it into crucial or whoever and they will remove old / install new drive? Sounds expensive and messy.

Is the stock MBP SSD really that much slower, enough to warrant paying $500-800 more? Plus, who's to say the refresh won't have a better SSD?
You don't need to take it to Crucial physically, you can install the SSD yourself. It is expensive but not messy.

I'd like to know about the real time performance comparison regarding the stock SSD too.
 

withdrawal

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Mar 2, 2010
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Thanks rumpus -

The most I've ever done with my macs is replace memory - replacing hard drives has to be a lot more involved. I wouldn't want to mess up a brand new MBP. Will just wait & see what they offer in the new one I think.
 

rumpus

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Thanks rumpus -

The most I've ever done with my macs is replace memory - replacing hard drives has to be a lot more involved. I wouldn't want to mess up a brand new MBP. Will just wait & see what they offer in the new one I think.
Yea I was apprehensive about the same thing, I have a 2007 MBP and changing the storage is a hassle in it. However, to my pleasant surprise, installing a drive in the unibody MBP seems like something my cat can do when she's not busy :D

Here's a 3 min video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8HnEUzsTS4
 

Gen

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Apple uses Samsung SSD's - I would stay away and buy a proven Intel SSD.
 

withdrawal

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Mar 2, 2010
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That youtube video makes me think twice: maybe I do wanna get a super-snappy SSD :confused:

Will wait for now...