Samsung 470 SSD 128GB versus Apple OEM SSD?

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  1. BenLeong macrumors member

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    With education discount, the 128GB OEM SSD upgrade is $90. The Samsung
    470 128GB SSD on NewEgg is $229.

    I just ordered a new MBP with a standard harddrive because I figured I could upgrade to a SSD myself and save some money.

    Did I make a mistake? Is there a $130 differenc between the two?

    And if I ordered the new MBP yesterday, is it too late to call and add the SSD?
     
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    Not worth the difference in price, as they're practically the same drive. It's most likely too late to change the order. Smart thing would be to return the computer and re-order one with the SSD.
     
  3. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Yeah the 128GB OEM SSD upgrade for $90 is a great deal.

    If you want to do it yourself: Crucial M4 starts at ± $210 at Google shopping. That will be a bit faster than the Samsung 470.
     
  4. Ktm.Moto macrumors member

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    I want to do the $90 upgrade too, although I am afraid I will regret only having 128GB... I don't know what to do!
     
  5. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Try it. With some disk space management 128GB can do.

    If it doesn't work out you could sell it.

    PS. I use the 500GB Seagate XT hybrid drive, very happy with it.
     
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  7. karant-rex macrumors newbie

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    Well I am facing a very similar predicament, I can either go for the Samsung 470 128gb + 750gb Apple HDD or a Apple 128gb SSD + 1TB Samsung Spinpoint 5400rpm HDD. But there is no price difference in my case as I will have to spend the additional 100$ saved on the Apple SSD on the Samsung 1TB drive. What should i go for. In the first case i get a faster SSD but a slower and smaller HDD. What should i go for.
     
  8. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    What do you value more: a small performance gain or 250GB extra storage?

    This review shows real world performance differences between Samsung 470 and Kingston V+ 100 (very similar to Apples SSD): http://www.techspot.com/review/387-intel-510-ssd/page5.html
     
  9. karant-rex macrumors newbie

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    So the Apple SSD and the Kingston are the same, do you mean in terms of performance or are they literally similar like having the same controller and stuff?? While i dont mind 250gb of extra space the SSD performance is what matters the most.
    Also in the review you linked to the Kingston V+ has incredibly inferior 4k QD32 Read/Write performance, how will that affect real world performance??
     
  10. Ktm.Moto macrumors member

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    When you say disk space management, what would be some examples?

    Sorry, not trying to jack the thread.
     
  11. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    They use the same controller, and probably similar or the same NAND.
    For single user operation it doesn't really affect real world performance. Also see the real world benchmarks here: http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6178

    Very heavy, disk intensive multi tasking can be affected.

    I just mean deleting stuff, moving files to an external drive and keeping an eye on disk space etc.
     
  12. BenLeong thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

    I called Apple today and asked if it was too late to change my order and add the SSD... turns out I caught it just in time. They cancelled my first order and sent me a confirmation for one I know I now want.

    128GB isn't as big as I would like, but I have lots of external harddrives for that. Having a good SSD that's basically the exact same as the stable and reliable Samsung 470, for only $90, and installed for me by Apple... how can i not pass that up?

    Cant wait to get my computer! It will be my first Mac, too. All my life I've owned ThinkPads.
     

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