To ALL rMBP Buyers: SSD capacity and why?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fortimir, Jul 2, 2012.

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Which rMBP SSD configuration you buy?

  1. 256GB, because I'm cheap.

    30 vote(s)
    20.8%
  2. 256GB, because it's all I need.

    42 vote(s)
    29.2%
  3. 512GB, because I need the extra space.

    43 vote(s)
    29.9%
  4. 512GB, because I wanted an extra 300MHz.

    7 vote(s)
    4.9%
  5. 768GB, because I need all the extra-fast space I can get.

    14 vote(s)
    9.7%
  6. 768GB, because I wanted an extra 100MHz.

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  7. 768GB, because I have money and want to say I have an rMBP Ultimate.

    7 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. Fortimir, Jul 2, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012

    Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    I'll take the Microsoft approach and complicate this a bit. But I genuinely want to know peoples' buying habits... and the other poll didn't help at all. I know there can be multiple reasons for the one you picked, but there should be a single primary motivator.

    Edit: SSD capacity and your general reason for picking it is really one of the only interesting metrics when it comes to the configuration. It's the most expensive option change, and there are so many different configurations and reasons to weigh.

    RAM is boring to talk about. Both 8 and 16 are adequate for most, and you know who you are if you need 16. Processor speed is also boring because they are all extremely similar in performance. Virtually inconsequential.
     
  2. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Not complicated enough. I bought the 2.6/16/768 because 512Gb isn't enough room to get everything on, but I didn't think the extra 100MHz was worth the cash. And I don't know any Mac nerds who would laugh at me not having the "ultimate" version. I have the "ultimate without wasting money" option... :)
     
  3. Fortimir thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're dead to me.
     
  4. prfrma macrumors regular

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    512gb with 16gb of ram.

    Let's me say good by to carrying a scratch disk. :D
     
  5. cruggles macrumors regular

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    Yes, it's too simplistic.

    I am thinking of getting the same configuration...

    768 GB because that will save me carrying an external drive (I edit HD video).

    2.6 GHz because 2.3 GHz is not available with larger SSD and I have no need to spend extra on 2.7 GHz;

    16 GB not because I need it now, but because it's now or never - and $200 is peanuts for the extra longevity. Although I will still appreciate the 16 GB now because I sometimes run out of RAM on my 8 GB machine because I have a habit of massively multitasking (10 apps open at once with 30 tabs open in Chrome for example...)
     
  6. Fortimir thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was genuinely just curious about the SSD capacity and the general reasons behind the choices. That's it. No intention to poll the other data.

    I don't care about RAM quantity because they are both enough, and it's pretty cut and dry who needs what.

    I also don't care about processor speed, because they're so similar it basically doesn't matter.
     
  7. d3bruts1d macrumors member

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    2.6GHz / 16GB / 512GB

    I figured there was no way I could get away with 256GB and that 512GB might work for my main needs. I just ordered a 1TB USB3 mobile drive to keep any extras on.

    Besides, this felt like the right price point for me.
     
  8. Fortimir thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's exactly what I did. I wanted a large enough drive so I had flexibility, but I plan on using externals for raw storage.
     
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  10. Fortimir thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    WHAT? I thought it was pronounced "GEE BEES"!!! :confused::eek:
     
  11. cruggles macrumors regular

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    This option confuses me: "768GB, because I wanted an extra 100MHz"

    You don't have to go for a 768GB to get an extra 100MHz.

    But yes, the 768GB is a pretty big premium to pay just to save carrying an external disk but if you carry an external TB SSD well that's pretty expensive itself so might as well get the 768GB built in. Well, that's me.
     
  12. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    (crawls away head down in shame...):(
     
  13. Fortimir thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Eh, you're right. For some reason I was thinking the 2.7 and 768 went together. Oh well. It'll just go unused... probably.
     
  14. Sahib90 macrumors newbie

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    I purchased the 2.6gz/16gb with 512gb SSD - reason being is that a lot of updates and program's will be a lot in file size due to the retina screen and thus for future proof, I do not wish to be deleting program's to create space for other program's. I will be purchasing an 250gb SSD as external to contain my external files which I would need on a daily basis as well as purchasing a 2tb sata external hdd with 3.0 USB for my movies which I do not need access to on a regular basis. MAYBE have a NAS set up when I have the time :)
     
  15. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    You might also say "Ultimate wasting all the money I can..."

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    Seems the only ones posting are those justifying their additionally overpriced configurations.
     
  16. cecildk9999 macrumors regular

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    I went with the 256 because I'm on a budget, and it represents about an 80gb increase over what I currently have. I still have 20gb free on my current drive, with about 80gb in media and 30 in photos. What fills the space on your drives?
     
  17. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    My MacBook Pro is always in my backpack, so there's never a time that I don't have a few extra pouches to carry stuff. For this reason, and because I'm on a budget, I bought the 256GB model and a 1TB USB 3.0 WD MyPassport to hold all of my space-gobbling files. I intend to partition 256GB as a TimeMachine backup, 128GB as a TimeMachine backup for my wife's MacBook Air and the rest for random storage.
     
  18. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    I got the base model. It suits my needs perfectly so any upgrade would be a waste of money.
     
  19. leenak macrumors 68020

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    I think 256GB is enough if I just wanted to run OSX. I wanted to have a Windows partition so I went with 512GB. I don't personally like carrying a lot of data on my system so 512GB will be more than enough.
     
  20. dabbler macrumors member

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    I went for 256gb. All my content is at home on a NAS, I also have a 2tb external 2.5" drive for when I need to take movies etc. with me when I don't have a high speed connection.

    Even if I had the 768gb ssd, it still wouldn't store all my data, so I figured to save the cash in the end and manage my internal storage properly.
     
  21. daleski75 macrumors 65816

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    256gb ordered here and even on my lowly MBA with 128gb it's just about sufficient for my needs so 256gb will be plenty.

    When I get my rMBP I might also get a Samsung 256gb 830 series SSD and whack it onto a USB 3.0 caddy and run all my VM's from that rather than cluttering up the local disk.
     
  22. Fortimir thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I originally worded the last item as "I have more money than sense," but I realized that was childishly loaded and didn't represent the buyer.
     
  23. Hotherps macrumors newbie

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    2.6, 16 gb, 768gb

    I currently have this 2010 13" MBP with 320gb hard drive and I have only used up 169gb over 2 years.... I went for the 768 option for my rMBP because I'm taking a lot more photos and video footage with my Nikon V1 so the space will be useful. I also have a 2011 MacMini with a 500gb hard drive. I also currently have 5 Lacie hard drives ranging from 500gb to 2tb for time machine back ups and general file storage.
     
  24. njean777 macrumors 6502

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    I got the base model because I am a college student and don't mind using external HD's if needed. I could only afford one computer and I chose this one instead of an Air/desktop combo.
     
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