sata III on MBP?

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  1. Afbar1114 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a late 2011 MBP 13" can it support SATA III? When I get my SSD I want the fastest SSD I can get.
     
  2. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    The Hard Drive bay is Sata 3, the optical drive bay is Sata 2.
     
  3. user418, Jun 23, 2012
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    Yes, as a matter of fact, MacTracker states it will support SATA III in both bays. Check out the Samsung 830. It's about the fastest, most reliable version available at the moment.
     
  4. gngan macrumors 68000

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    You sure? I remember reading somewhere saying that all 2011 MBP has SATA 3 in HDD and opticalbay.
     
  5. ugp macrumors 65816

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    OWC reports problems using 6Gbps drives in the Optical Bay on the 2012 13" but no problems with the 15".
     
  6. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty positive. Everyone has also said if going Optibay to have your HDD plus an SSD move the HDD to the optical bay and the SSD to the HDD bay for max performance. Since the HDD bay is SATA 3 I can also guarantee the ODD is SATA 2.
     
  7. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure both are SATA 3 on Late 2011 models. Early 2011 models were split, some had SATA 3 and SATA 2 optical, others had SATA 3 both.
     
  8. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    I did more digging on this issue and it appears the ODD in the early 2011s don't support SATA 3, and the late 2011 15" and 17" don't either. However, the 13" late 2011 ODD supports the SATA 3 6GB/S.

    To keep it simple:
    MacBook Pro 13” October/2011 models (2.4GHz and 2.8GHz)
    Main Drive Bay = 6Gb/s Good
    Optical Bay with Data Doubler = 6Gb/s Good
    MacBook Pro 15” October/2011 models (2.2GHz, 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz)
    Main Drive Bay = 6Gb/s Good
    Optical Bay with Data Doubler = 3Gb/s Drives only, not stable for 6Gb/s capable drives
    MacBook Pro 17” October/2011 models (2.4GHz and 2.5GHz)
    Main Drive Bay = 6Gb/s Good
    Optical Bay with Data Doubler = 3Gb/s Drives only, not stable for 6Gb/s capable drives
     
  9. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    I completely disagree. While samsung SSD's are good the Intel 520's with their 5 year warranty and proprietary firmware guaranteed to work with their drives are pretty amazing. They're faster as well. The 5 year warranty alone makes it worth the money. Assuming the warranty is honored.

     

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