Samsung 830 or M4 for 2010 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nickjf20, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. nickjf20 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009

    I've got a 2010 mbp (SATA 2) and am thinking of adding a 256GB SSD.

    I've only ever seen people use the crucial M4s, and I know they can have their firmware updated under osx.
    I'm not sure about the 830

    I can get the 830 (higher read/write, but irrelevant due to sata2) for £144 from OcUK, or the M4 from amazon for £149
  2. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    Personally, I prefer the Samsung 830. It's fast, reliable, and as you said, it has slightly faster read/write speeds than the Crucial M4.

    You can't update firmware on the 830 via OS X. You would need access to a Windows machine for that.
  3. LEARN2MAKE macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2011
    I bought a 512 GB m4 about 3 or 4 months ago and it has worked flawlessly in my 2010 MBP. Updating the firmware was easy and quick just follow the instructions (and I didn't need a windows machine). I chose m4 because it was cheaper and updatable on Mac. Since 830 is cheaper for you, as long as you have a windows machine go with that. If you decide to go with the m4 instead I can attest is is also a great drive.
  4. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    Wirelessly posted

    Think of it like this. If one or the other was complete garbage you'd know. Since the read/write will be perceptively unnoticeable, I went with the M4 (512GB). It's on sale now for $399.

    I say get the cheapest of the two and forget about numbers. The m4 has a 3 year warranty. Not sure of the 830. I'm sure it will have a warranty as well

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