SSD Compatibility

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  1. one1 macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking at this:

    Intel 180GB SSD 520 Series 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BW180A3H

    I can get one very inexpensively locally and was going to check to see if there would be any known reasons it wouldn't work. I have several MPB's so I need to buy in bulk and I use iCloud for everything so I don't need storage. Just need the speed of the SSD.

    My 13" and 15" MBP's are 2012 (the 101) and 2011 respectively so I didn't see any reason this SSD wouldn't work. If all goes well I have three more to buy drives for.
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    As long as the Macbooks are not retina models, you should be fine.
     
  3. one1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks! I have a 2015 retina so i know which ssd that one is. I'll grab a few of these and give them a try.
     
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    Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I've used a Kingston HyperX, Samsung 840 EVO, Samsung 850 EVO, OCZ Vertex 3, and a Kingston kc300 in Macbooks without problems.
     
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  6. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    OMG, what a blunder on my part :eek:

    All of the SSDs mentioned in my post run Sierra without any problems.
     
  7. prisstratton macrumors 6502a

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    I used to run the Intel 520 SSD and it never came close to the performance specs. as listed by Intel. I read a few reports that pointed at the controller that is used. Although, on the Intel site this is listed as an "end of life" product, so maybe you can get them cheaper.

    I switched to the Samsung 850 EVO = much better.
     
  8. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    It works fine in your model MBP and the NAND in it is outstanding. As prisstratton noted, real world performance can be a bit of a letdown due to the choice of the SF controller (although it's better than many of the other SF drives as IIRC Intel used their own firmware on that one, and if you are just looking for a cheap SSD the differences between it and modern SSDs probably won't be that significant in normal day-to-day usage.)

    If you are getting it for $35-50, I'd say it's a good-to-excellent deal.
     

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