SSD for 13" Late 2011 MBP

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  1. ARK macrumors 6502

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    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
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    yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    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

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    +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 G4

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    I'd suggest you consider Crucial instead of Samsung.

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

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    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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