Ultimate SSD Info Thread

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Chase R, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    With SSDs becoming more popular by the week, why not have a thread that lists all of the top 2.5" SSDs available by manufacture and name, with links to tests, benchmarks, and overall information.

    Feel free to post updates and links to information and I'll gladly make edits to this original post... like an information packed buyers guide! :eek: :D


    Understanding the SSD

    SSD Comparison Chart (thanks to emt1)


    G.Skill 128GB vs. Patriot Warp V2 128GB vs. Intel X25-M 80GB
    - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2008/12/03/g-skill-patriot-and-intel-ssd-test/1

    Intel X25-M
    - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=630306&highlight=ssd
    - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=283&Itemid=60
    - http://www.intel.com/performance/mobile/sata/sata.htm

    G.Skill Titan
    - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2009/01/20/g-skill-titan-256gb-ssd-review/1
    - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=646495&highlight=ssd
    - http://newgskill.web-bi.net/bbs/vie...n&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=11
    - http://newgskill.web-bi.net/bbs/vie...n&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=10

    OCZ Apex
    - http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews.php?reviewid=717
    - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=290&Itemid=60
    - http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=661&type=expert
    - http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/flash_drives/ocz_apex_series_sata_ii_2_5-ssd

    OCZ Vertex
    - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=681220
    - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=299&Itemid=60
    - http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/flash_drives/ocz_vertex_series_sata_ii_2_5-ssd

    Patriot Warp V2
    - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=250&Itemid=60

    Toshiba
    - http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Toshiba-512GB-SSD,6716.html

    SanDisk G3
    - http://www.i4u.com/article22595.html
    - http://i.gizmodo.com/5126848/sandisks-g3-ssds-deliver-40000-rpm-speeds-without-breaking-the-bank

    Samsung
    - http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2326348,00.asp

    Corsair S128
    - http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=7055118&postcount=45
    - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=655018

    Samsung 256GB (w/ cache)
    - http://www.businesswire.com/portal/...d=news_view&newsId=20081119006508&newsLang=en
    - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=658571
    - http://www.pcwelt.de/start/computer/festplatte_storage/tests/195290/samsung_mmdoe56g5mxp_0vb/ (German)


    So what would I pick? My top 3 are: OCZ Vertex, Samsung (new one w/ cache), and the Intel X25-M.


    Keep the info coming...
     
  2. Hack On Wheels macrumors newbie

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    Sounds great! There probably isn't any way to properly compare them all at this point though is there? An occasionally updated top 5 or similar would be nice. With any luck in a year or so they will have the SSDs smoothed out and tweaked to near perfection... and hopefully they will be a bunch cheaper and even higher capacity than 256GB! :D Really interesting technological advances with these for sure.
     
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Great list/info but it will be page 2'd by the weekend. Stickies are a rare commodity and people like to post questions that have answers already.
     
  4. Chase R thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ya stuff doesn't stay near the top for long unless it says "New iMacs are Here!" haha or something like that.

    It will just get bumped to the top whenever I find a new link to add.

    Also... Why do our mods seem to hate stickies so much??? They could really help cut back on the BS threads.
     
  5. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    yeah. i really wish they would have a stickied "best case/sleeve for my macbook" thread.

    but if it makes you feel better, i bookmarked your thread.


    great effort!
     
  6. CTechKid macrumors regular

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  7. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

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    please make a thread for ssd's WITH cache only !
     
  8. kremer4 macrumors member

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    Just ordered a Samsung 256GB SSD off a local retailer on EBAY. Hopefully I will have it tomorrow. I'm removing my superdrive and installing a secondary 500GB 7200 RPM Seagate drive there.

    http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/

    I'll post screenshots of the install and benchmarks when I can.

    This will go into the new 17" MBP.
     
  9. be300test macrumors member

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    i would really appreciate some screenshots of the mce install + ssd install. im really interested in putting a 500gb 7200rpm seagate in the optical slot, i have a 128gb corsair replaced my stock hdd.

    lots of screens of the install would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks
    josh
     
  10. kremer4 macrumors member

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    Will do.
     
  11. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

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    could we have one or two, these are the absolute best SSDs for your MBP?

    There are alot of these things out there. Which one is king? I figure most users will need **at least** 160GB of space, so which one hauls the most a$$ and is north of 160GB?
     
  12. Chase R thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Currently the fastest ones with the biggest capacity would be the 160GB Intel and the 256GB G.Skill Titan; probably also the OCZ Vertex.

    ...For now at least, in a couple months Toshiba and SanDisk will be top competitors.
     
  13. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

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    and please don't forget: samsung ssd 256gb with 128mb cache !

    g.skill:

    Hi,

    There is no cache or buffer in our SSD.
    Thanks.


    Regards,

    Albert Yin
    FAE
    E-Mail: albert@gskill.com <mailto:albert@gskill.com>
    G.Skill International Enterprise Co., Ltd
     
  14. Chase R thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Added a link to a page w/ some info on it.

    I wonder why more SSD manufactures don't use a cache/buffer... seems like it would help with small read/writes and stalling issues.
     
  15. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

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    i read a ssd review in a german mac magazine; they confirmed, that only ssd's with cache have the "(w)right" speed and all others without cache are forgetable.
    beside this, between makers-info about voltage are also discrepancies, the ssd's lower the battery-time nearly 1 hour compared to a hdd .. (in a mbp)

    i think, companies want to make cheaper ssd's, so no cache.

    this i got from samsung:

    Hello sascha h-k ,
    Thank you for your inquiry to Samsung Semiconductor.

    The cache of 256GB SSDs is 128MB.

    256GB SSDs will be available for general customers since March.

    Please contact our local Branch Office and discuss in detail regarding support.

    Deep apology for the inconvenience.

    name: Bae, Shane (Marketing Sr.Manager in Germany)
    e-mail: shane.bae@samsung.de
    tel: +49-61-96-66-3223
     
  16. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    I was about to order a:
    G.SKILL FM-25S2S-128GB 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
    from newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...oogle-_-Solid+State+Disk-_-G.SKILL-_-20231221)
    when I realized there are actually several G kill 128Gb Drives, it is that one, and this one other called TITAN (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231242), though the titan seams faster (by about 50Mb read/write) it is also $110 cheaper, and for my first SSD, I rather save the money while samsung's, intel's and sandisk's become more affordable.
    Is this drive (the first one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...oogle-_-Solid+State+Disk-_-G.SKILL-_-20231221) a good choice?

    Other thing, browsing the forums I found people complaining of stuff like sluttering and "crippling" writing speeds, also that mac os x wont format it and that the only way to install it is by cloning the HDD with the system on it also (which i dont like, I'd like a fresh installation, i could do a fresh installation the the regular hdd, then clone, but i'd rather fresh to the drive directly) Also I have read that SDD drives perform well but die fast, i want it to last at LEAST 1 year until i can get a 256++ for less than $150)


    Just as a curiosity, i have read that newegg ships super fast, how long (usually) from the day you order to the day you receive (usually, i know that will depend on where you are....)
     
  17. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    one question... why would you want cache in an ssd? I get it in a HDD, but the hole SSD drive (supposedly) is just a very big "cache" memory, or it isent?
     
  18. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    Here's a thread of mine on the Corsair 128 SSD on a Macbook. Samsung controller, works flawlessly on both OSX and Windows bootcamp, no stutters, and amazing power consumption. I'm seeing around 6 hours of battery life now which is roughly a 20% improvement over the factory hard drive.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=655018
     
  19. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    Any comments? im really waiting for some answer before clicking the "submit order" (or not submit?)
    Thanks.
     
  20. CTechKid macrumors regular

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    If you're content with a 128GB capacity, then i recommend you buy the Corsair SSD. Its been proven to provide vast speed improvements over 7200 RPM drives, is extremely reliable, will prolong battery life, and will even work flawlessly with Bootcamp and Windows. :apple:
     
  21. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    I read that also, and I also read that it uses the better samsung controlled instead jmicro, however the unit's specs calim 90MB/s and 60MB/s read/write compared to 150/100, also corsair is a full $100 more :(
     
  22. Chase R thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If I were to buy a 128GB drive right now I would probably go with the 128GB G.Skill Titan. After reading lots of reviews, that's the one that I'm set on.
     
  23. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    I could not resist the temptation, already oldered my 128gb ssd, however is not the titan, the titan was $100 more the standard and at least in paper the stats werent excessively good. Tell you when I get it.
     
  24. nippyjun macrumors 65816

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    How much did you pay? did you buy it at the buy it now price or best offer?
     
  25. Chase R thread starter macrumors 65816

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    X2 on the benchmarks... I'm anxious to see how this drive does. This is the one with the onboard cache rigtht?
     

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