Ssd verse flash

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  1. jfc123 macrumors newbie

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    When you go to buy a MacBook pro with out a retina display it gives you the option to upgrade to a solid state drive. On the MacBook pro with retina you can upgrade to more flash memory. Are these (ssd and flash) the same or is one better than the other and if so why?
     
  2. Acidsplat macrumors regular

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    They're the same, except an SSD is flash memory in a hard drive sized container. The flash memory they use in the MacBook Air and retina MacBook Pro is placed directly onto the logic board.
     
  3. w00t951 macrumors 68000

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    An SSD is flash memory in a 2.5" standardized case.

    The Air and (I'm assuming) Retina Pro use a type of "blade" SSD that is indeed user replaceable. Toshiba makes these unique SSDs.
     
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Solid state drive just means a storage drive that uses flash memory.

    The Macbook Pro (non-retina) supports SSDs in the standard 2.5" form factor.

    The Retina Macbook Pro has a custom SSD that mounts on the logic board. You can't replace this with a normal 2.5" form factor SSD.

    You would have to order an SSD that is specifically made for the Retina Macbook Pro. OWC, a company which currently makes similar SSD modules for the Macbook Air, has stated that they will offer SSD modules that work with the Retina Macbook Pro.
     
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  6. mleary macrumors regular

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    Not sure what the non-retina mbp is using for ssd but the retina version is using the samsung 830 controller which is one of the fastest available.
     
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Should be about the same. The flash chips and controller are basically the same, it's just the physical form factor that's different.
     
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