Samsung Evo 850 or Electra 6G or OCZ Vertex?

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  1. Cubytus macrumors 65816

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    Hello there,

    I am on the market for a SATA SSD for a late-2011 MBP. All three of these SSDs seem to boast comparable performance in sustained speeds, but the IOPS numbers for random R/W differ. The Vertex series seems quite hard to find. Only the Electra series show the incompressible data rate.

    Which one would provide the best bang for the buck, and why?
     
  2. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    OWC drives are overpriced. OCZ I don't like much. Samsung would be my choice from those three but personally I buy Crucial or Intel.
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Either buy Crucial or Samsung. No issues with either of them.

    One of the biggest mistakes I made was buying an OCZ Agility 3 ... never buying from that company again. Although I guess they're owned by Toshiba now so the newer models should be a little more reliable. Nonetheless, if it 'aint broke, don't fix it -- stick with Crucial/Samsung.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Yep I agree with the others, the crucial MX200 seems the best consumer SSD buy at the moment price/performance wise.
     
  5. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I forgot to add the Mushkins. Maybe they're just relabelled from another brand, but as I was pleasantly surprised by their RAM modules, meybe the SSDs are good also.

    To make it clear, they seem pretty similar on paper (or screen). OWC, on the other end, appears to stand behind their custom-labelled SSDs like few retailers, but they lose points because of the weakness of the $CAD. I am not looking for the cheapest unit, but rather one SSD I won't have to change for performance reason in ayear or two.
     
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    Intel all the way then :D
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    That's any modern SSD with trim enabled, they will all do you at least 5 years (baring catastrophic failure that can happen to any electronics) with fairly heavy usage, with the amount of writes they can take being proven to be in the petabytes.
     
  8. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Which models specifically?
     
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  11. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It seems the general opinion is geared toward the 850 evo…
     
  12. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Personally, I've mostly used Crucial SSDs and have never had any issues with them. But I think that, at this point, just about all SSDs perform well enough that any differences would probably be imperceptible to most people (unless you are transitioning to the "blade" style SSDs).

    Also, some Samsung SSDs have a firmware bug that can degrade performance.

    http://www.techspot.com/article/997-samsung-ssd-read-performance-degradation/
     
  13. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting read. Have some bought the 850 Pro, and how does it compare to the Evo, in real-world, heavy usage?
    A 50% performance increase in benchmarks may not materialize in common usage, and the $100+ price increase makes the 850 Pro a tough sell.
     
  14. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

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    I initially installed a PNY XLR8 SSD in my 2012 MBP and it caused some extremely frustrating issues. Replaced that with the Samsung 850 Evo and not a single issue. Runs perfectly.
     
  15. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    You are getting far too bogged down in pointless details, for the average consumer it will make no difference, none, nada, nothing. Buy any modern cheap SSD from a major supplier and you will be golden.

    If you want it really simple, any samsung or crucial drive released in the last 2 years will be great, buy the cheapest one you can find.
     
  16. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    What issues did you encounter?
     
  17. Groovey macrumors member

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    I've been running a Late 2011 MBPro with Samsung 850 Evo for the past two years. No problems at all, superb speed.

    In my opinion the SSD is so fast anyway, that the next bottleneck is going to be the processor and/or RAM, not the storage. Made my MBP really smooth to use.
     
  18. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

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    I was having issues where the MacBook wouldn't wake if it had been asleep for more than a couple hours or so. I'd have to hard reset every time. I increased the time before it went to standby and then it would wake but just freeze instead. Even if I shut it down, if I left it off for several hours it would start up with the ? folder. If I hard reset it would then boot up as normal. It was like the laptop was booting up slightly faster than the SSD so it wasn't recognizing the SSD until the second boot each time. I tested the SSD in an HP Windows laptop and it didn't have the same issues so it wasn't defective.

    I had picked it up at a great price and had an alternative use for it so it wasn't a big issue though, but it wasn't something I had ever encountered before.

    EDIT: And to add, I've used one of the lower end PNY 1100 series SSDs in an old 2007 white MacBook with no issues whatsoever so it could just be this drive with this MacBook and/or Yosemite.
     
  19. Hirakata macrumors 6502

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    I believe you mean the 840? The 850 was released last December.
     

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