Recommendations on SSD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mscmsc, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. mscmsc macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Any recommendations on a reliable SSD (256 GB +) for a new i7 mac mini? There seem to be a wide range of options (many of which seem cheaper and better performing than Apple's SSD option).

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    I'm waiting on the new Samsung PM830 drives myself.
     
  3. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    I'm using the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G in my 15" Macbook Pro and have used the previous generation in my 27" iMac.

    The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G is super fast. Better than RAID performance.

    The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 3G has been reliable and does not fade in performance.

    Finally, the service from OWC is great. They are responsive, no tax in CA, fast reasonable shipping, etc.

    Of course, I am using spare 256GB Apple SSDs for my future mini once I can decide server vs i7. These are good because they support native TRIM and tend to wear well over time because of this. Also, the incompressible data rate is fairly good.
     
  4. Lokheed macrumors regular

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    Here's an excellent article talking about specs, performance, and reliability from all the major players: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4604/...rsair-patriot-ocz-owc-memoright-ssds-compared

    Even Intel hasn't been doing that well in the reliability department of late (the dreaded 8MB bug). But the same source still lists them as one of the most reliable in the world of general consumer SSD products (Samsung still king in OEM land). OCZ followed and is listed as being incredibly good to their customers in the field of RMAs. I believe all come with standard 3 year warranties.

    I own a 120 GB Vertex2 for almost a year now. Works just fine.
     
  5. Zortrium macrumors 6502

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    I have two Vertex 2 drives, both have worked flawlessly from day 1. They're also pretty inexpensive now, since they're last gen, and are plenty fast. I'd probably get another one if I was looking for a new SSD.
     
  6. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G drives carry a 5 year warranty, which I believe is industry leading. Not to mention you can actually reach someone at OWC. I've had horrible experiences with other manufacturers with warranty. The only issue with OWC I had was a 4x4GB kit in my iMac which they happily exchanged for OEM Samsung units. I know its not related to SSD but its an example of their service.
     
  7. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I hear good things about the Crucial m4. How is Crucial's tech support?
     
  8. elektrobug macrumors member

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    If you want reliability Intel 320 series with its proprietary Intel controller is the way to go. If you dont mind sacrificing some reliability for better speed the Intel 510 or the OCZ Vertex 3 line is the way to go.

    PS: I have an Intel 320 in mine.
     
  9. OTACORB macrumors 6502a

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    OWC Mercury Electra 6gb/s 3 year warranty or OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6gb/s 5 year warranty. They provide the absolute best support, always just a phone call away and totally stand behind what they sell. They are very pro Mac and generally take care of us Mac owners pretty well. I highly recommend them.

    They have some speed comparisons on there web site, which indicate their drives are faster than the competition. I have no idea by how much and if the difference is enough to even be concerned about that. I just know I have purchased 3 SSD's and RAM from them many times.
     
  10. Shadylane315 macrumors regular

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    Didn't OWC say not to enable trim on those SSD's?
     
  11. OTACORB macrumors 6502a

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    That is correct there is no need to according to OWC, garbage collection is handled within the device itself with no trim needed.
     
  12. Shadylane315 macrumors regular

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    Can someone explain or link to an article explaining how a mac mini reads dual configuration? How does the mac mini know where the Mac Operating system is installed. I've just never had a dual configuration type computer....
     
  13. japtor macrumors regular

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    Of course in actual use it probably won't make a big difference for most people even compared to slow SSDs.
    On top of that they said they found issues when they tested the TRIM Enabler, so don't bother with it with their drives at least.
    Have you used an external drive (FireWire/USB) in before? It's basically like that, just another drive.
     
  14. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure where to go. I hear things of Crucial, Intel, OWC, and OCZ.

    I guess I'll just roll the dice and hope for the best.
     
  15. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    which has been the case for along time on most ssd's (intels , indilinx , marvell controllers), people are fascinated with trim and have no idea how it even works, drives with garbage collection DO NOT need trim period.
     
  16. superfula macrumors 6502

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    That is simply not true. The Trim hack does complicate things, as some drives can have issues with it (Crucial M4) in OS X. However that cannot be said for Windows. Most reviews from Anand recommend not running several drives that have GC without Trim. Considering Trim and GC are complementary, in normal circumstances there's absolutely no reason to NOT have both.

    Trim isn't even the same thing as Garbage Collection, so there's no reason to rag on others when you clearly do not have as well a grasp as you claim.
     
  17. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    lol ok.....good luck, trim IS the same as GC , have fun with your anandtech articles.....

    i don't really want to waste my time with you explaining it, but trim is a command set used to inform the os of pages that are blank or full so it can manage data being written, don't trust everything you read.
     

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