SSD Macbook in Retail Stores?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sfwalter, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. sfwalter macrumors 68000

    sfwalter

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    Does anyone know if you can buy the SSD version of the 13" Macbook Pro in retail stores?

    thanks, scott.
     
  2. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

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    don't buy at apple; better (faster) and cheaper ssd's are available somewhere else and you don't loose warranty if you mount it by yourself (very easy) .. ;)

    and you have the mac hdd for backup.
     
  3. izibo macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, no. Although, if you are looking for pure performance, I would consider purchasing a retail SSD like the Intel X-25. While Apple has a pretty good price per gigabyte for their SSD drives, you can get significantly better performance from other manufacturers. Plus, you get an extra 2.5" hard drive that you can throw in an enclosure.
     
  4. sfwalter thread starter macrumors 68000

    sfwalter

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    So does an SSD have the same interface as the internal hard disk so that you just plug it in?

    scott.
     
  5. izibo macrumors 6502

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    Yep, it takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Piece of cake. I threw in an 80GB X-25 from here and it absolutely screams. Hands down the fastest SSD on the market at the moment, although the gap is closing.
     
  6. mckansai21 macrumors newbie

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    I have to give the counter-argument -- though I realize I am in
    the minority. For $100+ bucks less than that otherwise splendid
    80GB Intel drive, you get the Apple 128 GB SSD -- more
    storage for fewer $$, and still much better than a regular
    hard drive.

    The problem with this counter argument is that it rests on
    an unknown (for me): the exact model you'd get with
    a CTO'd Apple SSD, and hence the performance you
    can expect from it. Some early purchasers were sorely
    disappointed. If you scour the macrumors forums, you'll find
    some benchmarks of recent CTO'd Apple SSDs. They looked
    very respectable to me -- not sure that the X25 would feel
    so much snappier (depending on what you do with it). But
    you have no guarantee you'd get the same model. It's entirely
    Apple's discretion -- and as far as I can tell they offer no guarantee
    on SSD performance, which is a bit annoying.

    Many MR people are convinced that the
    Apple SSD's are hogs compared to e.g. the X25. But for
    me the real question is, are they definitely better than
    regular HDs? If so, their lower pricing compared to other SSDs
    makes them a reasonable choice.
     

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