SSD for 13" Late 2011 MBP

ARK

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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?
 

yjchua95

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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?
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.
 
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FuNGi

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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.
 

Fishrrman

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I'd suggest you consider Crucial instead of Samsung.

My opinion only, others' will differ.
 

AppleFan360

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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.