Samsung 64GB MLC SSD for £99 - Good buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NATO, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I have been doing a lot of reading up on SSDs of late as I quite fancy putting one in my MacBook Pro to try to eliminate the traditional HDD bottleneck. However, I'm not quite ready to spend £400+ on a cutting edge 120GB model so I went looking for a smaller capacity model which was economical as I can get away with as little as 64GB for everything I need so long as I don't copy over my iTunes library.

    I came across a Samsung 64GB MLC SSD for just £99.99 which I found tempting, it's model number is MMCRE64G5MPP-0VA00. It's spec sheet states a 90MB/s Max sequential Read speed, 70MB/s Max Sequential Write speed and with power consumption figures of 0.48W/0.46W (Read/Write), 0.2W (Idle).

    While I obviously want much higher performance than a 7200RPM HDD, I also value power consumption and in the articles I read comparing various SSDs, it was only the Samsung that really seemed to have low power consumption figures, the vast majority were around the same or even more than a HDD.

    So my question is basically if this is a good buy for £99?
  2. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    It looks an excellent buy!

    Much cheaper than the Intel X-25 and you're only losing 16Gb.

    There's no reviews directly comparing it with the Intel X-25 but it will have all the usual access times of an SSD to speed things along.

    Novatech review Samsung 64GB MLC Drive (Single Drive & RAID)

    The 128Mb model is so expensive in comparison though at £264.49!!

    If you upgraded your Mac Pro at a later date you could buy 2 of the 64Gb drives with 2 3.5" to 2.5" mounting brackets for £218.38 and RAID them together.

    I'd need a PCI SATA Adapter myself but even that's only £272.52 all in.

    If you're only thinking things through, these two tests on Barefeats show how similar SSDs compare to fast 7,200rpm notebook drives:-

    Seagate Momentus 7200.4

    This article shows a comparison of the X-25m an OCS SSD and 2 HDDs

    HDD vs SSD
  3. NATO thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Thanks a lot, great links and advice there!

    I've gone ahead and ordered one, along with a USB enclosure for the HDD I'll be taking out of the MBP, should be here tomorrow so I'll post back when I've had a chance to test it out a little.

    For anyone who's interested, it's which have them for sale, seemingly they're the only ones in the UK that I've found that sell these Samsung MLC drives. I couldn't justify the expense of the Intel X25-M, I'm hoping this drive will be a good substitute for a while until SSD prices fall to a more reasonable level.
  4. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Would like to get an SSD for my Gaming PC When i build it, as i'll just be installing games, and not THAT many, so an SSD does sound like a good idea.

    Be Interesting to hear what you think.
  5. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
    is this the same SSD that is the first gen MacBook Airs?

    I am not up on my SSD's :p

    Sounds like a really good deal though, although I think I will go Seagate 72k 500GB for my MBP and keep the SSD for my Air.

    Btw NATO, I have the same size in my Ar and plenty of room left :)

    Please post back I am interested to see how this goes oh and any chance of some pics while your doing the change??

  6. NATO thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Thanks for the replies, much appreciated :)

    The drive arrived today, got it installed very quickly (although the 4 little screws at each corner of the existing drive were a nightmare to get out as I didn't have a small enough torx driver). Installed OS X nice and easily, and I have to say I'm impressed. Boot time is a lot quicker, the system is responsive immediately after typing in my login password (compared to a HDD where there's a few seconds while it loads everything), and app startups are instantaneous. I'm very, very impressed! It's like having a much, much faster computer with such a small upgrade :)

    Space isn't too bad, I have all the apps I need, OS X itself and all the data in my home folder minus my iTunes library, and I have 20GB left, which is plenty. I'm using the HDD I removed in an external enclosure which I'm going to put my iTunes library + Movies/TVShows on, so I've got the best of both worlds. In the next month or two I'm going to pick up an Optibay and put the HDD back in as a secondary drive.

    Oddly, having a laptop with an SSD actually makes my Mac Pro feel really sluggish when its loading apps from the HDD etc, I might have to consider a SSD upgrade for it at some point for that once prices come down to a more reasonable level.

    One thing I've definitely learnt is that what I would have traditionally considered to be a slow computer is really just a computer with a HDD bottleneck. It's amazing the perceived speed increase by removing that bottleneck.

    I took a few pics while I was performing the upgrade (plus a few comparing the 17" Unibody with my old 15" Classic MBP. Have a look

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