SSD Guidance and thoughts?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DesignFusion, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. DesignFusion macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Hey guys sorry for creating another thread on this! But I am looking at getting a 120gb SSD for my 6core macpro for when i update to lion. My budgets around £150 pounds. In a nutshell my question is what ssd? i am interested in what ssd will last the longest (i realise know one is really sure, but i have seen some intel ones with 5yr guarantee) also i realise apple stupidly only offer trim support for there own ssd's so would i say be better of buying a Sata III (even though its more than i need as the pro is sata II) as i have read they are better at handling garbage disposal.

    Sorry if that has not made complete sense, but i keep reading random bits of info regarding ssd's. I look at this purchase like most an investment something that will hopefully last.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    I think you answered your own question. Get one with a 5-year warranty. Intel or OWC 6G. OWC is fastest and has "documented" Mac support.
  3. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003

    As you said, SSD reliability is a very very debatable issue, with no clear answer anywhere. Track record: Intel wins.

    As for speed, if you're planning on using a single SSD (non-RAIDed) in a SATA2 environment, get the cheapest Intel possible. Further, I would go back to get a 160GB G2 from Intel.

    Sure, if you look at test benchmarks, some of the newest drives are MUCH faster. In the real world, those differences don't really exist. Here's a very interesting quote from Anandtech I posted elsewhere: "Even going back two generations of SSDs, at the same capacity nearly all of these drives perform within a couple of percent of one another. Note that the Vertex 3 is even a 6Gbps drive and doesn't even outperform its predecessor."

    Save your money!

  4. blunti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    as Derbothaus said, get the OWC 6G. These are reliable and fast. Not to mention the warranty and support!

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