SSD Upgrade

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  1. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

    teknikal90

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    Hi all,

    Look I know this has been discussed many many times but I've just spent an hour in the search bar, Google and I'm getting lots of conflicting answers!

    My situation:

    I have a late 2011 15" MBP. 2.4Ghz Version
    I want to get an SSD
    The Crucial M4 seems really cheap and well regarded, I want it. Is this still the case - 6 months on? Or should I really be looking into other options. I want reliability over anything else as I know that once you get to SATA3 SSDs, performance differences are negligible.
    I know it has built in Garbage Collection. Should I still enable TRIM? NO definite answer in threads that I've seen yet.


    Thank you all for your help :)
     
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    I would recommend either the M4 or the Samsung 830 as those have high regards for speed and reliability.
     
  3. New2MacMBP macrumors newbie

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    OCZ Vertex 4 512GB Results

    I'm five days into use of my OCZ Vertex 4 512GB and I'm thrilled. No issues with 15+ cold boots, numerous warm restarts and sleep/awakes and I'm getting Blackmagic tested speeds of 430/425 MB/s :D

    early 2011 15"MBP 2.2 Ghz
     
  4. teknikal90 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    no recommendations/insight on TRIM?

    Thanks for the replies so far ! Appreciate it :)
     
  5. Steeley macrumors regular

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    I have an OCZ Vertex 2 and enabled TRIM on it. It shouldn't have needed it because it has a Sandforce controller and built in garbage collection. But after about 6 months of usage it was noticeably slower that it used to be. Once I enabled TRIM it was good as gold again. Maybe Sandforce isn't that great after all?
     
  6. teknikal90 thread starter macrumors 68030

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  7. latestmonkey macrumors 6502

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    the m4 has saved my 2008 MBP from the scrap heap. I love it. I can't imagine how fast it would be with a SATA3 connection.

    Actually, yes I will soon as I put one in my new 2012 MBP. :D
     
  8. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    In my opinion the Samsung 830 is about the most reliable SSD available. My second choice would be the Crucial M4. The 830 costs a little more than the M4 but if you shop around I've seen it for as low as $219. Either of those would be a solid purchase you would be happy with.
     
  9. IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    I have the M4 in my early 2011 2.0. I installed it the day the Refurbished computer arrived 4 months back. I have had no issues and I even updated from 309 to 000f firmware on my Mac. Something you can't do with the 830. I don't have access to Windows so that was the deciding factor for me between the 2. You can update firmware on a Mac with Crucial but not Samsung 830, you need Windows.

    I started out with Trim then I disabled it a month back. Either way I seen no slow down or no problems what so ever. Trim enabler is subjective so I wanted to give it a go with out. It's been very good to me and would recommend the M4. I have the 256GB 260's Write and 490's Read.
     
  10. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    He's absolutely correct regarding the firmware update issue. Don't know if it's possible using BootCamp on a Mac. I have access to a Windows machine so it was not a problem for me.
     
  11. latestmonkey macrumors 6502

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    is there any particular reason I'd have to upgrade the firmware on the 830?

    I'm now considering it for the new MBP.
     
  12. Suno macrumors 6502

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    What I'm wondering is how does one determine which one is more reliable? I know the Samsung is a bit faster, but I'm opting for the M4 because it's cheaper and I don't think the slightly higher speed is even noticeable. But if it's somehow proven through statistics or evidence that the Samsung is more reliable, I might get that instead.
     
  13. brand macrumors 601

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    Why so many cold boots and restarts in a five day period? My Macs almost never get powered off or rebooted. Usually it only happens because of software updates.
     
  14. teknikal90 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    haha so there really isnt a definitive answer as to whether or not TRIM is good for the M4?
     

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