SSD and RAM for MBP 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Barrynator, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. Barrynator macrumors newbie

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    Just bought the high end 15 inch MBP but didn't add RAM or a SSD.
    So im gonna upgrade it myself and i wonder what RAM and SSD i need to get?
    What is best?
    What do i need?
    What is the cheapest?
    Where do i get it?

    Thanks!
    -Barrynator
     
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    RAM:
    I have always bought Crucial for my macs, never any issues, and they guarantee mac compatibility.

    SSD:
    Many options now, seems like most forum members like sandforce based SSDs. Corsair F series, OCZ vertex 2 series and OWC have sandforce based SSDs
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    RAM

    Personally, I would wait with the SSD. There are quite a few SATA 6Gb/s SSDs just around the corner. Your MBP has SATA 6Gb/s so to get the maximum performance, you will want a SATA 6Gb/s SSD as well. They may also reduce the price of SATA 3Gb/s SSDs.
     
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  5. Barrynator thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so it seems the RAM is sorted:)
    But the SSD is another story, i would not say that i have any idea how to read the SSD specs and their impact on MBP performance, but im guessing it all revolves around speed:eek:
    So how will a 3Gb/s vs a 6Gb/s impact my performance?
    How much will a good, reliable 256gb SSD set me back?
     
  6. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    Give the search option a try. There have been numerous threads on this - many of which will lead you to the Anandtech's long and detailed reviews on various SSD models.
     
  7. mulo macrumors 68020

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  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    In everyday usage, you most likely won't notice the difference. 256GB SSDs still cost around 400-500$ so it will set you back quite a lot.
     
  9. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Personally I'd wait with SSD if I had a 2011 MBP. The new SSD's are untested yet so nobody knows how it will work.

    Unless you want to help testing what works and what not. The OCZ Vortex 3 seems to be the fastest SSD out there ( much faster than the new Intel SSD )
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Anand tested plenty of SSDs including Intel 510 and Vertex 3 and he did not face any issues. Doesn't mean that there can't be any (people have reported issues with Intel 510) but at least Anand didn't find anything.
     
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    Read my post in the Intel 510 thread.

    In my post I mention Barefeats test os SSDs in 2011 MBP.

    I purchased Quickbench to replicate the Barefeats test with my Intel 510 SSD in a 2011 13" MBP and you can see the results in the other thread.

    Although not the least expensive drive, the Intel 510 has been stable for me and is a SATAIII drive.
     

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