SSD recommendation for 15 inch i7 Late 2011 MBP

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  1. varunkrish macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I got a a Macbook Pro 15 inch during the Holidays last year and thinking of putting an SSD on it as its my main on-the-move computer

    My MBP is the late 2011 top-end 15inch MBP(2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) and it supports Sata 3 I guess.

    I have installed a Corsair SSD on my 2009 Macbook Pro and saw a nice boost in performance in it. I'm now convinced I should get an SSD on my shiny new mac now.

    I'm confused as to which SSD to pick.

    This mac is used for
    1. Video Editing - iMovie , Final Cut
    2. Photoshop
    3. Dreamweaver
    4. Coding
    5. Photography and Live Blogging ;-)

    Here are the SSDs I have narrowed down to

    1. OWC 120GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD
    2. OCZ Agility 3 or Vertex 3 120GB
    3. Intel 320
    4. Intel 510
    5. Crucial M4
    6. Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD (currently using one on my 2009 MBP)
    7. Samsung ( heard a lot of praise on AnandTech, but never tried Samsung SSDs so far)

    Any suggestions or recommendations will be appreciated.
     
  2. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Yes it is SATA 3

    I personally run a OCZ Vertex 3 MAX 120GB on an early 2011 high end 15 - zero problems

    Many people praise the Crucial M4 and Samsung 830
     
  3. varunkrish thread starter macrumors member

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    I was actually a lot convinced about OCZ until I saw people complaining about random freezes and reboots with the Vertex 3. I use a OCZ Agility 3 on a Video Editing Machine as a scratch disk and love the performance.

    Did you update the firmware on your Vertex 3 or you are running on stock firmware ?

    cheers !
     
  4. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    I just installed the Crucial M4 512GB about a week ago... love it so far. I did update the firmware before clean installing Lion. I think all the ones you mentioned so far are good choices really.
     
  5. mickpearcey macrumors member

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    I've got an OCZ Vertex 3 in mine also... no problems encountered either. ;)

    Edit: When I purchased mine, it came with the latest firmware already installed (v2.15).

    To my knowledge, most of the issues people encountered has been rectified in the new firmware.
     
  6. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Samsung 830 in mine. Before that, Samsung 470. No problems at all, in many Macs.
     
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    I have A 256GB Plextor M3S installed no issues. :apple:
     
  9. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    Personally I like the intel drives but honestly ANY SSD is just going to be a huge performance boos over spinning disks. I wouldn't sweat the small differences between drives unless there is a compatibility problem.

    Also don't forget to trim;
    http://digitaldj.net/2011/07/21/trim-enabler-for-lion/
     
  10. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    had mine 2 weeks - came with most recent firmware 2.15 - zero problems
     
  11. natejohnstone@g macrumors regular

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    What 256GB SSD does Apple use when you opt to have it pre-installed in a new MBP? I've heard they use Samsung (perhaps others), but am wondering if it's the newest version or what.

    I'm trying to figure out the premium they're charging for the SSD option ... if it's not much, I'd just as well Apple do it than mess with it myself, as I've never done a hard drive install on a unibody MBP. But if it's a ton of money like it is with RAM, I can figure out how to do it at home, lol.
     
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  14. ablac macrumors newbie

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    I am using the Kingston HyperX SSD 120 GIG, Its a little more expensive and was kind of a pain to get MaxOSX on it since its a windows only drive :p But once i got Mac Installed on it this thing Flys... My mac boots in under 4 seconds.
     
  15. chrono24 macrumors newbie

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    I've got the Crucial M4 256 GB (6G) and I am very pleased with it (2.66 GHZ MacBook Pro 13" running OSX Lion and 8GB Ram from Crucial.
     
  16. andymac2210 macrumors regular

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    I've heard the samsung ones play nice in macs.
     
  17. kot macrumors regular

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    Early 2011 MBP here.
    Crucial M4 256gb. Zero problems.
    250 write 500 read speed achieved easily.
     
  18. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    I would get either a Curcial M4 or an Intel 330.
    They just offer the best value.
    A 520 is mostly just more expensive you will never notice any real difference. A Samsung 830 is great but it is not worth what they charge in comparison.
     
  19. abhinav7333 macrumors member

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    Have a 512gb C4. Very Fast
     

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  20. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. The Samsung drives are excellent.
     
  21. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Crucial or Vertex.
    Those are my 2 recommendations.
     
  22. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    I've had OWC 120GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD for 6 months now... So far so good. *knock on wood*
     
  23. varunkrish thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks guys .. ended up picking a OWC 6G SSD .. working awesome till now :)
     

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