Upgrade RAM and SSD MacBook Pro 15"

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  1. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

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    Guys,
    I need your opinion or suggestion.
    I want to upgrade my macbook pro 15, core i7, 4gb ram and hdd 500gb to 16GB ram and 128SSD.

    I have decided using crucial 16GB and SSD OCZ Vektor.
    I'm using my macbook for developer (mobile apps like xcode, web apps) and office.

    do you think this combination is right? or anybody suggestion?

    Thanks A lot :)
     
  2. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    Should be a nice bump in speed and performance. I did similar but went with a 240gb intel ssd myself.
     
  3. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what is model for 240GB intel?
     
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    Sounds like a good choice of components and it will go a long way in making the laptop feel fresh again. I would, however, go for at least a 256GB SSD, if you can afford it. 128GB seems small to me and really limits you later on if you start to have a need for more storage space. Unless, of course, you have an external HDD you wish to use for major storage. In that case, 128GB should be fine.
     
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Will the 128gb be enough disk space for future needs? In my case I could never live with such a small drive but other people's requirements vary. Biggest space killer are photos and media files.
     
  6. Risco macrumors 68000

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    I have just upgraded to a 256GB SSD and I would have 8GB of ram but my Crucial sticks started causing loads of freezing and spinning beachballs. However it seems like a nice upgrade, games load a lot faster but I dunno maybe I am not seeing the performance jump I was expecting as things such as iPhoto don't load instant rather they bounce a couple of times.
     
  7. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    all data or file/video will be save on external storage. in macbook just office file :D and for today, SSD is expensive

    maybe I will upgrade later if need more space :)
    but, I need suggestion for SSD model

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    Yupp, from performance maybe not significant, but speed using ssd will be significant right? I mean speed to access and write file.
    maybe for 2-3 year this macbook is enough. :D
     
  8. sholzer macrumors regular

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    I went with a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro and I love it. Literally put it in, installed OSX and it was good to go. Check out the SSD buying guide sticky thread
     
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    a 335.
     
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    SSD's are expensive in their own right compared to a HDD, however they pale in comparison to buying a whole new laptop. ;) If you do consider it, I recommend the Samsung 840 SSD. I have several computers, Mac and PC, with them they've been great.
     
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    Check these out for reviews on modern SSDs. There are several good choices available. I recently bought a Plextor M5S, cheaper, little brother to the M5P (Pro), very fast, and so far no issues.
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57573094-98/top-5-solid-state-drives-its-upgrade-time/
    http://www.sata3ssd.com/the-best-fastest-solid-state-drives-ssd/
     
  12. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nice, thanks marc :D

    sound like goods :D, I will try to gath data of SSD
    maybe I want to try : OCZ, SAMSUNG, INTEL...

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    Yes, u're right.
    many people suggest me to using samsung :D
    are samsung have 128GB for this model? (840 Pro)
    this is the latest model?

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    thanks alot Davidlv, u're so many help me to compare each other product ssd :D
     
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    Yes there are 128GB Samsung 840/840 Pro models available. The 840 model is the latest version Samsung makes.
     
  14. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeahh, I will try using samsung :D
    btw, do you have experience using crucial RAM 16GB? share me please :)
     
  15. Giuly, Jul 7, 2013
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    OCZ Vector, Samsung 840 Pro or the new SanDisk Extreme II. I'd go with the latter, A) it's a bit less expensive than the others and B) it performs as good or better. It has an updated version of the chipset used by the Plextor mentioned above, plus what SanDisk calls "nCache", which is fast SLC NAND cache for quicker data access.
    [​IMG]

    With the $10 you'll save there, you could upgrade the RAM to the faster Corsair Vengeance. Or you go all out by adding $9 on top of that and pick the best of the bunch, which is the Kingston HyperX.
     
  16. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502

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    For a developer, I recommend at least 256 GB. Preferably 512 GB or even 400 GB would be better.

    128 GB is way too small, and you're only going to find yourself upgrading that eventually. If you can, it's a lot better to go with the 512 GB SSD.

    Crucial and Samsung usually are good brands.
     
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    Yes I've used Crucial RAM before in several computers and its been just fine. The latest Crucial RAM I bought was for an old PPC iMac G5 and its working great too.
     
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    I went with the Samsung 840 Pro 500gb. It has been an awesome upgrade, best thing I've ever done to an computer. It was expensive but far less cost than the data I have on it.
     
  19. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I have the Samsung 840 in my iMac (2007) and works fine here. I really would recommend getting at least 200gb.

    I got the 128gb and have all my music/pics on my NAS but still wish I had at least another 50gb internally.
     
  20. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't found reseller samsung ssd in my country :(
    to many expensive if i try to buy online from amazon/ebay

    all my data/music always save on external hdd, in my ssd just working/office file :D, but good suggestion Gim :)
     
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    All of the SSD's I have are 500GB. I like having as much storage space as I can.
     
  22. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    waaw, but is very expensive :cool:
     
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    True, but it was worth it for me. I also have several external HDD's for storage too. I won't run out of space anytime soon!
     
  24. lagisibuk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hehehe,
    btw, somebody talk to me, that size of SSD will affect the speed.
    so, I'm confuse to choice 128 or 256 because this rumors :D
     
  25. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    In many SSD the size of the NAND chips mean that in the larger SSDs there are a larger number of chips (and therefore more parallel read/write operations), than the smaller SSDs in the same range.

    For example, in the Crucial M500 the best performance is in the 480GB and 960GB sizes, while the 240GB and 120GB are a little slower.
    http://www.crucial.com/store/ProductMarketing_m500.aspx
     

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