Upgrade to SSD with SATA II?

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  1. bradonf333 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 13". From what I can tell it only supports SATA II. Would I still see a big increase in speed if I upgraded to an SSD?
     
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  3. jimmyco2008 macrumors regular

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    A slower SSD is better than no SSD. Much of the "holy **** that's fast!" effect is from seek time, not the actual data transfer rate, and most files (like .dll files or .docx files, or a song) are rather small, so the time it takes to transfer, say, a song, to RAM is only slightly better with a 550MB/s SSD vs one at SATAII ~300MB/s rates.
     
  4. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    Your machine supports sata 3 in the HD bay (not sure about the optical drive). You will see substantial benefits by switching.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    All 2011 Macs and later support SATA 3 in the main HDD bay.

    So just move your SSD there.

    The early batches of early-2011 MBPs have SATA 2 in the SuperDrive bay. Later ones have SATA 3 in the SuperDrive bay.

    But as others have said, be it SATA2/3, an SSD is much faster.
     
  6. bradonf333 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I think I'll get an SSD and bump up the ram also while I'm in there. I also am not quite sure but I believe my macbook only supports up to 8GB? And is there any certain ram I should buy that's better than the other? Or is it all the same?
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It actually supports up to 16GB.
     
  8. Jkj12 macrumors member

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    Your 2011 can take 16gb ram.
     
  9. yukari macrumors regular

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    Actually SATA II drives are more expensive (from OWC anyway).
     

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