SSD upgrade for 09MP (currently 2x 80GB Intel X-25)

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  1. hubiedubie, Aug 3, 2011
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    hubiedubie macrumors member

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    Folks,
    I've run out of space on my current SSD boot drive (2XIntel X25-M 80GB RAID0).

    Can you recommend me a suitable upgrade?

    Is there any point in going for the SATA III drives (Intel 510 series vs 310, OZC Vertex 3) etc given that the MP is SATAII?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. philipma1957, Aug 3, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    No need for Sata III


    what is your budget?


    a samsung 470 256gb just one can be found under 400 on ebay from good sellers. you would free up a bay and it may work out well. or samsung 128gb in raid0 can be down for under 400. I will find some links



    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...-470-Series-SATA-Solid-State-Drive-SSD-Retail 2 in a raid0 cost 430 use ABCDEFG as DISCOUNT CODE cost is 420


    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...-470-Series-SATA-Solid-State-Drive-SSD-Retail


    this is a 256gb for 440 discount code is ABCDEFG so it is 430


    above is a good price company below is savings but you may lose time if it doe not work out.



    don't know this seller but the price is right


    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Samsung-470...ultDomain_0&hash=item336a18f3d6#ht_500wt_1413


    I buy a lot from ebay I found the one above and it is a clear add so if there was a problem you would be covered by ebay. the seller has good feedback> that drive could be registered by you on samsungs website and get a 3 yr warranty plus a bonus 3 months.

    (i have done this more then once with samsung buys on ebay)



    this drive would have no warranty

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Samsung-470...ultDomain_0&hash=item27bcf33bef#ht_500wt_1413
     
  3. hubiedubie thread starter macrumors member

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    Budget is €400-€500
     
  4. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    Other gearheads will probably suggest that you go for the absolute top speed SATA III SSD, but I want you to consider something else: the speed difference between mechanical HDs and (any) SSDs is tremendous, while the real world speed difference between SSDs, for a boot volume, is nearly negligible.

    Here's a quote from Anandtech: "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." (http://www.anandtech.com/show/4341/ocz-vertex-3-max-iops-patriot-wildfire-ssds-reviewed/3)

    Save some money!

    Loa
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  6. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

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    I would go with a SATA 3 drive no question. The OWC that was just ordered comes with a 5 year warranty - latest SandForce controller / wear leveling / 550+ MB speed.

    My Mac Pro 4,1 will be upgraded long before the 5 year SSD warranty is up and I would be kicking myself in a year or so if I shortsightedly went with SATA 2 drive.

    Just another 2 cent perspective to think about.
     
  7. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Depending on when you plan to upgrade your Mac Pro might dictate whether you should get a SATA3 drive or just stick with a SATA2. The next Mac Pro (due sometime later this year or early next) is likely to support SATA3. If you plan to upgrade on the next cycle, then buying a SATA3 drive now makes a lot of sense. However, if you foresee using your current machine for a couple more years, there's no sense buying a SATA3 drive since by the time you upgrade your machine, you'll likely be upgrading your SSD again anyway.

    Out of the current crop of SSD's, I'd recommend the Samsung or Intel 320. For SATA3 drives, I like the Crucial M4.

    Another option is to track down another one or two X25's on ebay or craigslist and increase your RAID array to three or four drives. This would buy you some more space at very low cost for awhile.
     

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