Samsung 840 or Crucial M500 for mid-2010 15" 2.66 i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by puma1552, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Think I might finally put a small (120 gig) SSD in my MBP since the small ones are so cheap and three years into this computer I still have 430 of 500 gigs free, so going any bigger than a 120/138 is a waste.

    I can get either of these for the same price:

    Samsung 840:

    Crucial M500:

    Crucial's site guaranteed compatibility with the M500, not sure about the Samsung but I think it should work? I know I won't get 6.0 Gbps, but I just want to make sure it will be compatible, period.

    So, given the same price, which would you get? Both have write speeds of 130 MBps, but the Samsung slightly bests the Crucial in read speed (530 MBps vs. 500 MBps).
  2. LongSticks macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    Kent, UK
    I have the exact same machine and put a 512gb Crucial M4 in it at Easter and it hasn't missed a beat! Excellent!
  3. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    The 840 Evo is cheaper, faster, needs less power and is reliable:

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  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Aside from offering 960 GB of storage for $600 MSRP, the M500 is otherwise fairly unremarkable. If you don't need that much storage, the Samsung is a better value.
  5. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    The Samsung is faster but you probably won't notice any significant real world differences. On the other hand if they are the same price and reliability is probably the same why not go with the Samsung?
  6. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    i bought the crucial last night since i jnew it was compatible and figured it should be a quality product. installed 8 gigs of crucial ram lat night, what a difference. couldnt do the ssd yet though since i forgot to get a t6 torx

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