SSDs - Samsung, OCZ, Corsair, Dell for MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by walshlink, May 3, 2009.


Which SSD to get?

  1. Samsung

    3 vote(s)
  2. OCZ

    17 vote(s)
  3. Corsair

    4 vote(s)
  4. Dell

    0 vote(s)
  1. walshlink macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    I am looking to buy a SSD for my MBP...from what I have read, the following in true:

    The Samsung 256GB SSD has a 128MB cache

    The OCZ 250GB SSD has a 64MB cache

    The Corsair (rebranded Samsung 256GB) has a 64MB cache (or possible a 128MB cache)

    The Dell 256GB (rebranded Samsung 256GB) has a ???MB cache

    Can someone confirm the the Corsair has either a 64MB or 128MB cache?

    Can someone confirm the size of cache on the Dell SSD?

    The OCZ Vertex seems to be the new thing to get, but I am not sure why...the prices are relatively the same between them all, but the Samsung (and possible the Dell) have the bigger cache which I would think would equate to better performance.

    Any suggestions on what to get and why?

    If I do get a Samsung, I am thinking of getting it from Dell (proven the cache is 128MB) since it will be retail SSD vs. the Samsungs samples that are floating around eBay, etc.
  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    I'm pretty sure the size of the cache is almost meaningless when it comes to SSDs. As for brand, they are all good, with Intel leading the pack.
  3. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    If you dont buy Intel, get the Vertex and its Indilinx controller. If you dont get the Vertex get a Samsung/Corsair drive.
  4. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    cache is VERY important for sequential write ... ;)

    corsair has 128mb as samsung ..
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Doesn't the Vertex also carry 128MB cache?
  6. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
  7. beg_ne macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    You might also consider the G.Skill Falcon drives. THey are basically the same as the OCZ Vertex ones just rebranded.

    Same Barefoot controller, 64MB Cache.

    I was looking to go for the vertex however i've been disappointed in OCZ since they've been raising the prices recently instead of lowering them.

    Right now the 120GB Falcon AND the 80 GB intel are far cheaper than the vertex.
  8. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
  9. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    I have voted for OCZ(Vertex), because I got one and have no problems at all. :)
  10. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    glad to hear.. i use this one..
  11. walshlink thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    Can you confirm the Corsair has a 128MB cache? Screenshot?
  12. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    Well, i dont have a clue where to look at, i just felt glad to hear that even tough it's unconfirmed, because i bought this secker without doing any researching and didn't read reviews from tech sites as well.

    Any idea how to find out without looking direct at the hardware? As i left my precision screwdivers at my office..
  13. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria

    please see here:

    NEW!!! CORSAIR Storage Solution P256 256GB 2.5" MLC SSD (Solid State Disk Drive), SATA II, 128MB Cache, Speed 220/200 MB/sec, 2-year warranty
    Fully compatible with notebooks and PCs, MTBF:1,000,000 hours, Weight:80g, Shock: 1500G max, Low Power Consumption, High performance and reliability, Shock resistance, No noise, No latency delay and No seek error.
  14. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    sweet..... even though i don't know what's the use of it, still it's a good thing to have. LOL.
  15. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2009
    I was just on Newegg and saw the 250gb OCZ Vertex for $950??? I bought the exact same drive off Newegg a month ago for around $750?

    Whats up with that?
  16. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    they went hmmmmm, the nerds are a buyin, so we better jack up the price

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