Samsung 470 SSD - Prices to good to be true?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vbman213, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. vbman213 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
    128GB SSD's have finally hit my price range and it seems like the 470 Series by Samsung would be a perfect match for my 2010 MBP. From my research, the 470 has a very good track record in Macbook Pro applications.

    Anyways, I know I can afford the 128GB model. No problems. However, I was wondering if these prices on Ebay are worth my attention?

    $345 for a 256GB SSD? Seriously!!! I know they are OEM drives which might make updating the firmware a pain in the arse, but is this worth looking into?

    I really don't mind dealing with distributors on Ebay because in the end, I can always deal with Samsung for warranty claims.
  2. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Thats a good price but not so low I'd be worried.

    NewEgg & Amazon has that drive for: $419.00
    B&H has it for $399.00

    SSD's are finally starting to come down in price the last few weeks it seems.
  3. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
    Exactly, even the Crucial M4, which seems to be a very good drive (once updated to Firmware 2) has a very competitive price (even at the 256GB size).

    if I could get a respectable ssd (crucial, samsung, etc.) under $400, I would be a happy camper.
  4. Fugue macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    Wow, great prices. How is the track record of the 470? Are there any problems at all?

    I'm a little dubious of these sellers, the drives might be stolen, but as long as they work I will be happy :)

    So far, I'm either gonna get the Crucial m4 or the Samsung 470, whichever I can find considerably cheaper.
  5. cherishzm macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    I've had the OEM Samsung 470 SSD (128GB) in my 2010 MBP 17 for a few months.

    I had two issues with my MBP, one being Outlook 2011 identity crash and the other being not able to log in to OS X (frozen keyboard/touchpad). I'm not sure whether either or both of these issues are SSD related because I upgraded to this SSD immediately after the purchase of the MBP.

    The price I paid back then was about $140 for the 128GB one which was an excellent deal. Hope the issue mentioned above is not this SSD related.
  6. lindstedt56 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
  7. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    Samsung 470 SSD

    Using a 64 GB 470 in 2011 MBP 13. No problems whatsoever. Did a clean install.
  8. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    SSD deals come and go often these days. I got the Kingston V+100 64GBx2 for $65 each.

    $1 per GB SSD deals are becoming more and more common, I'd say keep your eyes pealed or you will definitely miss them.
  9. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008

    Good price. I guess they don't have warranty.

    Buying SSDs without warranty is kind of a guess. But Samsung 470 is very reliable on Newegg.

    PS. no Samsung won't give warranty on OEM drives as far as I know.
  10. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    where did u get that deal? Sauce? Cant I get that for the 2011 Mac mini that just got release? Thanx
  11. klinic macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2011
    Isn't the 470 a SATA II drive? :/ The site advertises 'Up to 3Gbps Speeds'

    I'd be very tempted by the 256GB after finding out about all the troubles on the 17" model.
  12. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    SATA II = 3Gbps, SATA III = 6Gbps.

    Very nice drive for MBP. Performance is fine and GC & power consumption are good.
  13. klinic macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2011

    I'm aware of that, however, the page on ebay lists it as a 6Gbps drive.
  14. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    Where do you see that?

    All I see is "Electrical Interface Speed: SATA 300 - 3.0Gbps"
  15. klinic macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2011
    Second listing:

    Item specifics
    New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is ... Read more
    Brand: Samsung
    Interface: SATA 3 Drive Capacity: 256
  16. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
  17. Fugue macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    Quick Question. Do the Crucial m4 and the Samsung 470 consume less battery than a standard HDD? Any beachballs with them?
  18. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    I do know for sure that they are battery efficient on almost all notebooks, but Idk about beachballs since I don't own any, yet.
  19. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    No beach balls (crucial needs firmware 2). You will get a little more battery life but if you got a power efficient 5400rpm drive the difference can be small.
  20. Fugue macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    Understood. And does it by any chance ship with firmware 2 straight from Newegg, or must I do it manually?

    I'm sure I can handle upgrading the firmware, but it requires a little bit of research as I have never done anything of this nature on a Mac.
  21. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I heard of people getting fw 2.

    If not, it's an easy process. It's just an ISO that needs to be burned on CD. Boot from it and the fw update happens by itself.

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