SSD for 13" Late 2011 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ARK, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. ARK macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I picked up a 13" Late 2011 MBP with 10.8.5 from work for $400 and am looking to put a SSD in it. I was planning to get a Samsung SSD but not sure which model I should get. 840 or the 850? EVO or Pro? I'm planning to install Yosemite so was going to make a bootable Yosemite flash drive before I switch drives. Any tips I should know about?
  2. yjchua95, Feb 19, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2015

    yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The 840 Evo has some performance issues, which was supposed to be fixed with a firmware update (but it didn't seem to fix all 840 Evos with the issue), so I'd stick with the 850 Evo or even a smaller 840 Pro.

    EDIT: I wouldn't go with Crucial because they use the SandForce controller, and everyone knows that the SF controllers compress writes, which makes its performance suck in benchmarks and write-intensive operations. But you probably wouldn't notice a difference in reality.
  3. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    +1 on an 850 EVO. Very small price jump over the 840 EVO and with a 5 year (rather than 3) warranty. When the computer is toast you can still use the SSD as a fast USB3.0 external.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'd suggest you consider Crucial instead of Samsung.

    My opinion only, others' will differ.
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I stuck a Crucial MX100 into an early 2011 MacBook pro and so far it's working great. 325Mbps write, 500 read. Fast.

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