Samsung 830 (128GB) General Performance

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  1. w00t951 macrumors 68000

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    Mac OS X boots (excluding the EFI initializing time) in less than 8 seconds.

    The HDD in the ODD bay seems to be happy. It's also quiet.

    OS usage is extremely quick. No lag or waiting, and Dashboard initializes instantly.

    TRIM Support was easy to enable.

    I can boot, login, and open iTunes, Safari, and Mail in less than 12 seconds.
     
  2. tracid macrumors member

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    Did you have to update firmware or anything like that with the 830?
     
  3. w00t951 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nope. The latest firmware (I don't know if I have it or not) doesn't bring any performance or stability improvements, so I didn't feel the need to update.
     
  4. hampants macrumors newbie

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    Did you install on your Intel i7 ?

    What other specs do you have on that machine?
     
  5. w00t951 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, I've got:

    Intel i7-2820QM @ 2.3GHz/3.4GHz (4+4 cores)
    AMD 6750M GPU OC'd & UV'd w/1GB GDDR5 vRAM
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD (OS)
    Toshiba 750GB HDD (Media)
    1440x900 display
    Mac OS X 10.8.2 & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (temporarily not installed)

    Anything else?
     
  6. hampants macrumors newbie

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    Sounds pretty impressive.

    I think I'm going to have to get my hands on one of these SSD's.
     
  7. tracid macrumors member

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    Was it easy to take out the optical drive and install the hdd? I get so nervous looking at videos of poeple who do that :eek:
     
  8. Namtaro macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking of upgrading my Macbook Pro (Late high end 2012 15 inch) to a ssd and I'm thinking of getting the Samsung 830, though a 256Gb model.
    Did you clone the harddrive or do a fresh install? Also, I've read that the Samsung 830 has garbage cleanup and enabling Trim actually reduces performance?

    How was the process? Just pop the ssd in and no other extra settings (Other then enabling Trim)?
    I do a lot of photo editing and opening and closing photoshop/lightroom is starting to get annoying with the wait times. Pretty sure a SSD's snappy near instant response time would fix that, but I just want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I buy anything.
     
  9. w00t951 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It's relatively easy. I didn't have my Torx T6 driver on hand, so I liberally applied brute force and a flathead to get the screws out.

    I took the HDD, put it in the ODD bay (no SMS or head parking problems), and wiped both. Installed OS X on the SSD, enabled TRIM, and I was good to go.

    An SSD allows me to open Photoshop in literally a few seconds.

    TRIM is a command that lets the OS tell the SSD when to run garbage cleanup. It can't make your SSD slower - besides, Samsung SSDs only run garbage cleanup while at idle.
     

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