Samsung 830 or Crucial M4?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dmw16, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. dmw16 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    I am going to be replacing the drive in my 2011 iMac with an SSD. I've narrowed my choices down to either the Samsung 830 or the Crucial M4 (both 256GB).

    The Samsung is about $40 more than the Crucial. I am not worried about the money unless the M4 is every possible way just as good or better than the Samsung.

    I had originally planned on the Samsung because Apple uses Samsung SSD's in their computers and I figured that was the best way to go. But then I read depending on which firmware version of the 830 I get I may not get the best performance.

    Any advice or insight would be appreciated.

  2. Greencardman macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I just put a Samsung 830 120GB in a MacBook Pro and it worked like a charm. I would watch Newegg like a hawk this week and I'm sure one of those drives you're after might go on sale again. You can set up watchlists too if there is a specific model you're after.
  3. Tigerman82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    I've previously put a Crucial M4 into a Mac Mini and, two days ago, a Samsung 830 into my iMac. I bought the Crucial M4 solely based on the price as it was the cheapest quality SSD in UK-Amazon. I've had no problems with it. Truth be told, I've read so much more mixed comments about the M4 firmwares and even after a period of reading wasn't sure which firmware is the best.

    The reason I chose Samsung 830 was because so many people are raving about its speed, reliability and the fact that, unlike Crucial, Samsung builds
    its own SSDs. Moreover, I think Apple uses Samsung 830 SSDs. You do have to update these using Windows but mine came with the latest firmware (and I do use Windows via Boot Camp). One thing to bare in mind though is that these Samsung SSDs are extra-thin (thinner then M4 I believe). I paired the Samsung with an all-metal SSD SATA converter by Ice Dock.
  4. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    I've used Samsung 830's in Macbook Pros and they worked perfectly.
  5. wjlee91 macrumors member

    May 6, 2006
    Macmall has a great deal on the samsung 830 256gb until the 24th
  6. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Thanks for all of that. So will I need to flash the firmware? What happens if I don't? I don't really have easy access to a windows machine.

    Or will I likely get the latest firmware?
  7. Tigerman82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    I think you will likely get the latest firmware.

    Samsung's Magician software is used to flash the firmware and it is only Windows-compatible.
  8. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Will I be able to tell when I put it in my computer?
  9. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    Crucial, (Micron), does build its own SSDs. Crucial is the consumer products arm of Micron. Micron and Intel jointly own IM Flash Technologies, which manufactures the NAND flash chips for both companies, at plants in Utah and Singapore.
  10. dearlaserworks macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    Eastern Shore, USA
    Very happy with M4 in my 2008 MacBook Pro. Breathed new life into the aging laptop. Running great for months without a hitch.
  11. Tigerman82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    I'm not entirely sure since I didn't check my Samsung 830 but the firmware version it has should be printed on the drive or on somewhere of what came with the drive.

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