SSD upgrade suggestions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sh1mpulse, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. sh1mpulse macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    Hi Guys

    I just bought a 2012 mac mini and plan to upgrade to a 240-256 SSD myself. Just wondering if any one had any experience in doing this and can suggest a drive that's compatible, fast and reliable.

    Budget's not really an issue, but would refer bang for buck.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. propower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2010
    SAmsung 830's have a good reputation for reliability and mac compatibility. I have used a 256G samsung in my mbp 2011 for 6 months, zero issues.
  3. sh1mpulse thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    My local computer store has the Sandisk extreme 240gb on special and is $30AUD cheaper then the Samsung. So i just have a few questions.

    1.Does anyone know what the usable space on these two drives are?

    2. Specs say that the Sandisk is faster. Is there a noticeable difference?

    3. Reviews say Snadisk has firmware problems? True or fasle?

    4. What's the difference between sandforce and ARM9 controller?

    Thanks again
  4. surroundfan macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Rocking a Sandisk here (indeed, I just upgraded the firmware today).

    It is 240GB, but reports as 239.71GB after a recovery partition and EFI are accounted for.

    No noticeable difference speedwise compared to Samsungs I'm guessing.

    As mentioned, it's recently been upgraded to R211 which squashed a lot of Trim-related bugs. Sandisk has also released specific firmware for NVidia Macs to ensure they get the full 3gbps on their SATAII bus, which was pretty cool (although even cooler is the Samsung 830 which requires no firmware flashing).

  5. analogkid macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2003
    I've got a pair of Samsung 830's in raid0. I use softraid to maintain the trim command. Look around for them as they are going on sale all over the place.
  6. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    the samsung 840 series has been released so the samsung 830 series should be coming down fast
  7. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    Just purchased a Samsung 830 for £131 delivered from Dabs Direct

  8. adonis3k macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2012
    which 830s are best to use? whats the Norton software ones?
  9. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    All 830s are the same. Some come with extras, the barebones one is what you need.

    Technically bigger drives are faster, but overall its a brilliant line.
  10. adonis3k macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2012
    Cheers mate, ordered the basic version.
  11. darcyjames macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2012
    I put the 830 in my 2012 Mac mini and it works great.

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  12. mwhities macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2011
    I just installed a Samsung 830 128G SSD in a friend's 2011 Mac mini. He LOVED how fast it booted up. (I just realized, I need to get the TRIM enabler on it.)

    I have the same drive in my Macbook (in sig) and it boots up in 16 seconds. So I think the i5/7s will be a LOT faster.

    64G Crucial M4 on my 09 mac mini (sig). It's my little server and running 24/7.

    So I would personally recommend either.
  13. Rhinoevans macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2012
    Las Vegas, NV
    Not true, the 830 is in fact more popular than the 840 NON PRO model.

    I just bought one frrom Newegg (830) for $189 (256G) with the Laptop kit

    I really doubt much lower, in fact the 840 ($179) is less than the 830.
  14. Alekto macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2012
    I dropped an Intel 335 SSD 240GB in mine. Runs lovely.
  15. milkmandan macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Just to add onto your post.
    The 830 uses MLC cell technology.
    The 840 (normal, NON-PRO) uses TLC cell technology. TLC is inferior in terms of reliability and longevity of cell life. However, it is better 'bang for buck', but performance is about the same.
    840 Pro is MLC and boasts better speeds than normal 840.

    I would either recommend the 830. If money is absolutely of no factor, 840 Pro 512GB model.

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