Suggestions for aftermarket SSD in MBP?

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  1. w00d macrumors member

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    I have a new 2011 MBP 13 here, and I'm looking for any suggestions for a SSD in the 120 -> 160 gb range.

    I currently have an Intel X28M / 80gb drive in the system, and I need more space.

    Is there any SSD that works especially well that I should be looking at? Or conversely anything that I should avoid using with the MBP? I'm not really a hardware guy. I just want something that is fast, reliable, and provides a good value. I am willing to pay a little bit extra for less hassle and better reliability. I picked this Intel originally since it had good reviews and seemed like a solid piece of hardware.

    Any tips? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. patseguin macrumors 65816

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    I just put an Intel 80GB SSD in my SR MacbookPro (before they went multitouch) and it feels like a new computer. I already had it in my parts closet though. I just bought a Crucial 128GB SSD for my Windows gaming computer and that's the brand I would recommend.
     
  3. Shattentor macrumors member

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    Because of the SATA III port in the '11 MBPs i would recommend a SSD supporting this speed, like a Vertex 3 or C300. When it comes to reliability though, I'd definitly say buy an Intel again - supporting SATA III that would be the 510 series.
     
  4. rshillshooter81 macrumors member

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    I think that the 510 doesn't even work in MB Pros...

    I would go with the Vertex 3, it is a better drive than the C300 hands down.
     
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    I just got an Intel 320 120GB to put in the macbook pro i just ordered. I could've gone with the 510 but I'm wary of the issues people have been reporting with SATAIII. Once the wrinkles get ironed out, I may move the 320 into my 2008 aluminum macbook and get a SATAIII drive for the '11 MBP. For now though, I was much more comfortable going with the proven reliability of hte SATAII Intel drive.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    What issues?
     
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  9. Legion93 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, I've recently sold my MBP, I had upgraded the SSD to an INTEL X25-M 160GB, which cost me £300, and installed a crucial branded 8GB RAM module. It was pretty easy. I was getting really good speeds, and performance increase was very noticeable.

    I would strongly advise you to stick with the intel range, as they provide unmatched speeds (read/write) and the performance don't degrade over time. However you will be looking to pay in excess of £300+

    If you are short of money, or want more storage space, you can either try OCZ Vertex or OWC SSD, but as I said, intel is far superior and the best quality solid state drive around.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    - Excuse me?
     
  11. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000

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    benchmarks pls - i would like to see this: x25 out performing a sandforce drive - if you had mentioned for e.g random 4K i would have paid more attention.
    For compressible data, random/seq; read/write x25 can not match the v3

    sandforce drives have 7-28% over-provisioning, much more aggressive garbage control and wear leveling = much less performance degradation when compared to other drives

    yes u got that right intel drives are far more $/GB and yes, the earlier drives were reliable, but the intel 510 is hardly reliable -

    im quite happy with my owc sf1200 drive till the sata 3 drives come down in price
     
  12. Legion93 macrumors 6502a

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    Johnny, have a read of the following article, anand have provided benchmarks for the intel sad, compared with other manufacturers, clearly it shows the X25-M G2 has a better sequential read/write speeds than others.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2808/4

    Besides, macs do not support TRIM, therefore whether if any SSD has good speeds, they will degrade far quickly in time rather than in windows.
     
  13. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    Trim can be enabled in OS X. I believe it originated by a poster on here (in the Mac Pro forum) but a quick google search brought me to this link.

    Edit- also, the link you posted about the intel's speed is a little outdated. This anandtech link shows the intel matched up against some newer drives and shows that it isn't the fastest drive out there.
     
  14. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

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    That article is 2 years old. Take a look at the latest Vertex 3 review from Anand. It is a review of the 120 GB, and the 240 GB is even faster. OS X supports TRIM through a hack that has been posted on this forum for a week or so. The Sandforce controller has aggressive GC anyway. The Vertex 3 has seen excellent success from those on this forum.
     
  15. Legion93 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, didn't know that vertex had a new SSD out, Ive heard that the intel G3 is out and packs 300gb storage space. Although the good thing about the vertex is that it has 6 GBps, compared with intel's 3GBps.

    I last used the x25-m so I was just talking from experience, though I cannot upgrade my MBA's SSD, since there is only one manufacturer (OWC Aura) that currently makes SSDs for the Air.
     
  16. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

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    TRIM is enabled by Apple if you buy one of their SSDs wi th a new unit...

    I'm tempted to get the 128GB (Apple / Toshiba drive) to get TRIM stock enabled and throw in a Vertex 3...maybe Optibay the 128GB.
     
  17. Legion93 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see the concept of how Apple does not support TRIM, yet their own stock of SSD's (which are either Samsung or mostly Toshiba) does, but their stock SSD's are really slow in terms of read/write speeds. I guess they have a very aggressive controller, which zeros out data rather than replacing them. I think I'd have to agree with you there, get a stock Apple SSD and put your own one in the optibay. It'll cost a fortune though.
     
  18. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the market for a drive so I've been keeping a close eye on the new drives coming out! :D

    That would be a very quick machine!
     
  19. amarcus macrumors 6502

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    Nice idea... but won't work I'm afraid. TRIM is enabled on a per drive basis.
     
  20. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Some users report problems with this drive. Lot's of discussion in this thread. I put a Intel 510 SSD in my 2011 13" MBP and have no problems at all. Others can't even get the OS to install.
     
  21. maflynn Moderator

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    Thanks, since I have a 2010 MBP and a desktop I suppose I shouldn't have an issue then. I'm not sure which machine will get the SSD, my desktop only has a hard disk, and It could certainly benefit from a SSD.
     

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