Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JMacPro, Sep 2, 2015.



  1. SSD

    24 vote(s)
  2. SSHD

    2 vote(s)
  1. JMacPro, Sep 2, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2015

    JMacPro macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    I am considering upgrading my Mid-2012 MBP that I received from my school. I am definitely upgrading the RAM up to the max compatible 16GB. I start to run into an issue when deciding on a hard drive. I considered dropping ~$300 on a 1TB SSD, but then found a 1TB SSHD for only $75. Obviously, I'd much rather spend less if the performance is comparable, but I don't know all to much about this stuff. Is the difference between the 2 worth dropping the extra $225?

    Also, should I go with the SSHD, is there anything special I have to do in order for it to work properly, or will the drive automatically do that?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    The SSHD has too small of a SSD portion to provide the required hit rate for best performance. That is why Apple uses a 128gb in their Fusion drive as opposed the the 8gb in the SSHD.
  5. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    SSDs are so cheap now that I see no reason not to pay the price premium for full SSD.
  6. mkflyfish macrumors member


    May 30, 2011
    I'm trying to make the same decision for my 2011 MBP. How did your upgrades go ? What did you finally settle on, SSD, SSHD?
  7. jesusplay macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    SSD will max out at 500MB/s read/write

    SSHD will just be a 5400RPM drive with Flash storage on it around 100MB/s read/write
  8. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I have an SSHD in my 15" MBP.

    It's better than a hard drive by a fair amount, but it is nowhere near as fast as a pure SSD in general use. Not even close.

    It's far cheaper though. Consider whether you really need 1 TB of storage, 512 GB SSD drives aren't way way expensive any more. If you can cut your data set you need to store on the system drive down below 512 GB i think you'd be much happier with even the 512 SSD than a 1 TB SSHD.
  9. Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    You may have to make your decision without feedback from JMacPro mkflyfish. A direct message could get a response but otherwise JMacPro has been inactive for more than two months. :(

    This decision should be easy even without more input. The poll at the top of this thread was 100% SSD from the beginning. None of the great advice in this thread is in favor of the SSHD option.

    There is a reason the OP could purchase four SSHD drives for the cost of one SSD drive of equal size. The performance difference between the two choices is greater than the cost difference so you should already be shopping for SSDs. :cool:

    Go for it and please do return to post about your results. We all like hearing about really fast Macs! :apple:
  10. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2014
    If you absolutely need 1 TB, I would save money and get the SSHD. I would never spend an additional $225 for an SSD.
  11. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Luzern, Switzerland
    I have a feeling that neither of your use cases would severely benefit from an SSD. Go for the cheaper SSHD or provide some insight on what you're going to use it for... when money is not a concern, then an SSD is no-brainer.
  12. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    Do what i did. Buy a 500 GB SSD, keep HDD and move it to the optibay. Total storage is about 1TB. I have music and videos that i don't need to access every day, so I keep that data on the HDD. You can do it for about $200. $180 for the SSS, $20 for the optibay kit and sata cable.

    Now i haven't used the dvd-rom drive since i bought my computer christmas 2011. If you need to keep yours and don't want to use it externally, then it may not be the option for you.
  13. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Put it this way.

    The SSD will make your Mac feel as quick as a new machine in everyday use.

    The SSHD will make it boot faster and some things you commonly use will open faster, but if you're working with moving data around, processing video, etc. the SSHD will lag way, way behind an SSD.

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