Quality of current MBP 256GB SSD?

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  1. leicaUser macrumors newbie

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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?
     
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  3. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    Samsung or Toshiba drives IIRC. A decent, middle of the pack performer.
     
  4. newdeal macrumors 68020

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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
     
  5. leicaUser thread starter macrumors newbie

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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..... ??
     
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  7. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Your use of "extensively" scares me.
     
  8. aduck macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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  10. rumpus macrumors member

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    How about some resource links to back your comment. Or are you okay with being the dumbest answer in the whole thread ? :rolleyes:
     
  11. rumpus macrumors member

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    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.
     
  13. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Bu..bu..bu...the Samsung drives are arsenic and brominated flame retardant free!
     
  14. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    How about now?

    Everyone that has checked intel's ssd lineup knows that currently they only offer drives OVER 80GB. And the OP said he has studied it EXTENSIVELY.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...167017&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-167-017-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...7024&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-xa167-024-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...167023&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-167-023-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...167016&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-167-016-_-Product
     
  15. withdrawal macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  16. rumpus macrumors member

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    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.
     
  17. withdrawal macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  18. rumpus macrumors member

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    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
     
  19. Gen macrumors 6502a

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

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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...
     
  21. rumpus macrumors member

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    I'm ready to break my piggy bank for it ! Only thing now is I'm confused what to get.
     
  22. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    The price on these drives increased significantly int he past couple of days. It was 429 towards the end of last week, and now its up to 489. That's insane!
     
  23. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    Glad I bought two a couple weeks ago. :)
     
  24. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    Not exclusively, I pulled a Toshiba from my CTO Macbook Pro last week. Proof attached:
     

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  25. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    Get the Intel 160 (Gen2, in case Apple ever adds TRIM support) and never look back.
     

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