the best ssd for macbook Pro 13 inch

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  1. fc0712 macrumors regular

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    my question is what is the best ssd for the macbook pro 13 inch early 2011

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    the size should be about 128 gb max price should 200 $
     
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    Samsung 470 SSD is pretty popular in the forums and is in that price range.
     
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    Crucial M4 is a little bit faster and sometimes cheaper.
     
  5. blkonblk17, Sep 18, 2011
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    Not sure about the best but for the price range you just can't go wrong with the Samsung 470. No need to tweak it just install and go. That's what I have and it's my most recent upgrade and love it. I never knew what others with SSD were talking about regarding speed but now I do :) I have a 2011 MacBook Pro with the i5 and 4GB of ram and it just flies. Start up is around 14 seconds, shut down is almost instantly and overall it's snappier and everything opens much faster. Here's some pics...

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    Correct, for the 128GB model

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-128GB-Solid-State-MZ-5PA128/dp/B003Z6Q8Y8

    Funny, it was $194 yesterday on amazon and now it went up in price to $223

    I just checked newegg and the search results shows an updated model to the MZ-5PA128 which the only difference is that it brings Norton Ghost. However, in the search results the updated model shows it's $194.99 but when you click to view the item it shows it as $214.99

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    That's it.
     
  8. fc0712 thread starter macrumors regular

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    found a store in my country where it cost 240
     
  9. idonotliketostu macrumors 6502

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    don't get the samsung...
    you have the 2011 mbp with sata 3 controllers
    the samsung is sata 2 and max out at 250mbps

    get the ocz vertex 3, @ 500mbps
     
  10. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    This is what I was going to say, I was almost surprised no one mentioned the vertex 3. Seems to be a very, very fast and well made SSD.
     
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    How long did have it for? any problems so far like can't wake from sleep etc...

    Thanks
     
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    I've had it a little over 3 weeks, and I would say between school and everything I'm using my laptop an average of 8 hours a day.

    I've had zero issues with it(well, half a issue that I'll get to in a minute); no problems with sleep/hibernation, no beachballs, no lagging, nothing. It's honestly not comparable to a HDD, even on SATA2 it turns on(from pushing the button to my apps being open and running) in just under 14 seconds, it turns off near instantly, and everything is just fast. It really is the best upgrade you can do, and for $190 shipped I think they're cheap for what you get.

    The only "problem" I had was when I was installing it, when I first turned on my MacBook Pro it didn't show the SSD in disk utility. I took it apart again, replugged the SATA cable in, and then it worked. So I'm assuming it was my fault maybe not having the cable in all the way or something(even though it was, so idk), but just wanted to give you all the details.


    I recommend the OCZ Vertex 3, and I'm actually considering getting another and an optibay and run them RAID0. I know a 1TB WD is the better choice since it's only really for media as a 120GB boot drive is all I need, so I'm sure I'll end up with the WD.
     
  14. blkonblk17 macrumors 6502

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    I do have the 2011 MPB with Sata III however, in a real world, with normal usage you will likely not notice much if any difference between the transfer rates. As mentioned in many reviews you will only notice when doing heavy transfer of large file sizes.
     
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    For $190 shipped though it isn't bad at all. Where did you purchase at that price?
     
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    newegg for $220, then there's the $20 rebate, then the $10 first order discount(just google newegg coupons)
     
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    a 100% speed increase is no diminishing return.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. I'm looking at this SSD because of it's crazy fast performance, the only thing I'm concern about is that there are a lot of bad review of this SSD such as it won't boot at all after a while. I hope they will fix all the problems when I buy it.

    Do you know what's the different between Vertex and Agility? I'm a bit confused.

    I wouldn't suggest you Run RAID if you're happy with the speed and it sounds like an awesome performance to be. So I think you should put a 1TB HDD instead, that's what I would do anyway. :) I will out the 750GB HDD (Comes with the MBP) into optibay :D
     
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    The Vertex uses better NAND than the Agility, I don't remember exactly what the difference was but I want to say the Agility uses non-something NAND, while the Vertex uses something NAND. I don't really know more than that; I just figured the price difference wasn't that big, so I went with the better one.

    I have had no problems with it waking from sleep/hibernation, or any problems. I'm on 2.11, and I used the TRIM hack. Still benchmarks the same as when I got it.


    And yeah, I know going with the 1TB(or a 750, but I think I want a 5400rpm drive anyway so no real reason not to get a 1TB. My stock HDD is 250...) is the smart thing to do, but ... SSD RAID lol
     
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  21. fc0712 thread starter macrumors regular

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    what is the best for macbook pro 13 inch? samsung or ocz
     
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    Samsung, Crucial and Intel are much more reliable than OCZ.
     
  24. fc0712 thread starter macrumors regular

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    should i just take the samsung 470 or is not good when i have sata 3
     
  25. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    it really doesnt matter. The difference in speed aint that different, and reliability on both is top notch

    The m4 is quite reliable, and usually more expensive than the 470, since Im going to get a new 256gb, my 120gb doesnt cut it, Im torn between those 2 models.
     

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