SSD upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by etsi, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. etsi macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2011
    #1
    Hello,

    I have an old intel 80gb ssd which is becoming smaller and smaller every day.

    If I upgrade to a newer faster ssd is it going to improve performance ? I work with programs that will benefit from both read/write speed. Intel 80gb ssd speed is about 250mb/sec read and 80mb/sec write.
     
  2. spike8585 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    #2
    Yes, of course. But you might be limited to Sata 2 speeds depending on your hardware. Which Mac mini do you have?

    It really depends on what you are doing though. It won't be as significant as going from a hdd to the 80gb intel you are using now.
     
  3. philipma1957, Jul 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012

    philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Location:
    Howell, New Jersey
    #3
    It matters a lot if you have a 2009 or 2010 mac mini. they are sata II not sata III and when you drop in a sata III they can down clock to sata I.

    translation you could end up slower with a new sata III ssd if you have a 2009 mini or a 2010 mini. if you have those minis the samsung sata II series 470/810 is a better ssd for you. here is a link to a good ebay seller.


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-256...ate_Drives&hash=item1e6ffef4ea#ht_1102wt_1164

    I have used this guy below for my 2010 mac mini ssd upgrades :

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-MZ7..._Disk_Drives&hash=item2a1fa7caa9#ht_900wt_930
     
  4. LachlanH macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    #4

    Is this accurate?
    A Sata 3 drive connected to a Sata 2 port will only operate at Sata 1 speeds?
    Is this something specific to the Mac Mini / OSX?

    I'm not saying you're wrong, just asking as I have never heard of this before.
     
  5. etsi thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2011
    #5
    Mac mini 2011 i7

    INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GC:

    Product: 6 Series Chipset
    Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit

    One of the internal HD's that mac mini has already:

    ST9500420ASG

    Product: 6 Series Chipset
    Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Location:
    Howell, New Jersey
    #6
    in 2009 and 2010 mac minis many sata III drives run at sata I

    ocz and owc have had the problem mostly sandforce controllers. firmware fix is hit or miss.

    http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?99275-NEW!-Bootable-tools-for-OCZ-SSD-s



    to op you are good to go with a sata III crucial m4 is a good choice. samsung series 830 is good.
     
  7. AlexBass macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2012
    #7

Share This Page