SSD: notable performance boost over 7200rpm traditional HD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mgpg89, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Hi guys,

    Like a lot of you, I'm planning on buying a new MBP this tuesday from the online store as soon as possible.

    I have a question in case there will be a SSD available in the MBP... (128GB is realistic, I assume?)

    Will there be a notable performance boost over a traditional HD (7200rpm) ?

    Just asking this now, because I guess the forum will be flooded with questions like these. (It kinda already is though)

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    From what I've heard boot times are somewhat higher but general use one doesn't see much improvement.

    But that's just of what I've heard...
     
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK, so if there isn't a notable performance boost ... Why do people pay more for a smaller capacity SSD drive then? Reliability?
     
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    SSD is smaller, no spinning components, and it can be shaken/dropped without the magnetic head scratching the disks. It reads super fast, but writes super slow. it can be 1.8" vs. notebook HDD being 2.5". major difference.
     
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I've noticed faster bootup times, but pretty much the same performance. I really dont think SSD is worth it. This was on lots and lots of machines I've used with SSD's in them. To me they don't seem worth it.
     
  6. MKnight macrumors regular

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  7. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    SSDs, like hard drives, vary in quality, so one can't make a general comparison. Some are horribly slow in writing, some are better. In the end, it depends on what the SSD options are. Right now, I'm using an Intel X25-M in my Mac Pro. I think it's a little snappier and loads applications faster than my old 10,000 rpm drive. This wouldn't necessarily be true with a different SSD though...
     

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