SSD Recommendations?

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  1. Trebucket macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I own an early 2011 13" MBP running Snow Leopard (i7-2.7Ghz).
    I am looking to buy a 250Gb SSD to replace the existing HDD in my
    notebook.

    The following seem to have good reviews on Amazon -

    SanDisk Extreme
    Corsair Force 3

    Does anyone have any experience with either of these drives?
    I'd love to hear other recommendations in a similar price bracket.

    Many thanks!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Look toward the end of this thread for recommendations from user Hellhammer. He reviews SSDs for Anandtech and gives sound advice.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Look for SSDs with Samsung's P830 controller, simple.
     
  4. derbothaus, Aug 26, 2012
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    derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Otherwise there are plenty of faster and just as reliable out there. But Samsung is a great choice. Just not the ONLY choice.
     
  5. Trebucket, Aug 26, 2012
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    Trebucket thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Could you point me to some of these other options that would be compatible?
     
  6. Orlandoech, Aug 26, 2012
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    Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Between these two I would pick the Corsair, easily. However for not much more you can get one of these drives;

    http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-I...F8&qid=1346006301&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+830

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technolog...d=1346006314&sr=1-1&keywords=ocz+vertex+4+256

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force...006328&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+force+gs+240gb

    Here are two speed test I did on my brothers 2012 13" MBP with the 830 and Vertex4.
     

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    jav6454 macrumors P6

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    SandForce controllers are good to save writes to your SSDs; however, they have been shown to have their several hiccups. Way too much for my taste.
     
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    Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    There are PLENTY of other SSDs JUST as reliable and as fast as the Samsung 830. Its all technologies, some have issues, some dont.
     
  9. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502

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    Very satisfied with Intel..

    I have my Intel SSD now for a year and I am extremely happy with it. For your model you would need the 520 series with the SATA3 controller on it. It might not be the fastest. But you have the Nr.1 Company behind you with the best service and the biggest development team out there. If quality and security is important to you, Go for Intel Inside...
     
  10. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Any SSD is compatible. It comes down to price, performance, and stability.
    Favorite 2 right now are Intel 520 and aforementioned Samsung 830. Look out for Plextor M3 Pro as well with the new Marvell controller. Too soon to know stability but Marvell has been solid in the past and it screams.
    http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews...-review-absolutely-marvell-ous-performance/4/
     
  11. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

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    So you saying this is slow ?
    550MB/s read (240GB)
    520MB/s write (240GB) lol
     
  12. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    Have you read the SSD buying guide sticky in this thread?
     

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