Upgrading MBP 15'' i5 to SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mm1250, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. mm1250 macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    I have a mid-2010 15'' MBP and I was considering upgrading the hard-drive to SSD. Wanted to see if the process is fairly simple and recommended SSD drives which are popular and of course fast.

    Thanks,
     
  2. citizenal macrumors regular

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    I am also thinking about upgrading my hd to ssd and I have read that it is relatively simple. I would check out macsales.com and look for their upgrade drive kits. They also have how to's and other stuff, but I'm not sure if it's step by step for the os and such.
     
  3. xpcker macrumors regular

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    mac osx doesnt support TRIM, i should read a little bit before =)
     
  4. After G macrumors 68000

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  5. calimed macrumors member

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    Upgraded yesterday....

    I just upgraded mine. Literally took about 15 minutes. Best upgrade on any system that I have ever done. Everything opens 20x faster. iTunes, Safari, etc all open in one bounce. Startup is amazingly faster. You won't be disappointed. I used the 80gb (cost limiting) Intel G2 x25.

    I bought an enclosure for my old HDD but for some reason it won't get recognized. No sure if its my enclosure problem or not.

    I can't believe people actually debate on upgrading RAM vs to a SSD. (unless you run 20 different programs of course).

    Enjoy...
     
  6. svnyster macrumors newbie

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    I did quite a bit of research before buying an SSD for my MBP, and as long as the drive you get has the newer SandForce controller in it, you should be fine.

    I used an ADATA S599 256GB SSD in my MBP, which seems to be comparable to the Apple SSD or the OWC Mercury Extreme according to the read/write tests from Xbench.
     
  7. kasakka macrumors 68000

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  8. Constantine1337 macrumors 6502

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    I STRONGLY second this. I have a Samsung SSD (which is the same SSD Apple uses). The performance degradation due to lack of TRIM is horrible. Get SandForce controller. You're fü+k3d without it...
     
  9. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    We could really do with a guide about this. I was going to get a OCZ Vertex 2E which has the SF1200 controller. Is that good enough in terms of garbage collection? :confused:
     
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  11. ThinIce macrumors member

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    I installed an OCZ 120 V2 SSD in my 2009 15 MBP and it is much, much faster. Very easy install and only took minutes.
     
  12. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    Faster than what, sorry?
     
  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I've been pleased with my Kingston SSDNow V+. Just make sure that whatever SSD you'll have performs garbage collection. With that you don't have to worry about TRIM. I've seen no performance drop over the last 6 months or so. This thing will simply make your machine perform at a different level altogether. ...And yes, the swap is really easy. You can just search the thread on MR for more info.
     

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  14. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    go for one with a sandforce controller as previous mentioned
     
  15. uller6 macrumors member

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    Go with the Intel X-25 M

    I got an Intel X-25 M G2 160 Gb last October for my Macbook Pro 13". A year later, and the read speed is identical to what it was new: 255 Mb/s. Read speeds have only dropped slightly from about 95 Mb/s (new) to 85 Mb/s (old). This is still faster than a 2.5 rotating drive.

    Go with the Intel X-25: you won't be disappointed.
     
  16. montblanc1 macrumors member

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    How much does it cost you? And how complicated is the replacing process?
     
  17. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Vertex 2 SSD in mine . I got 2 running Raid :D No regrets with the the Vertex 2. You won't regret buying that one.
     
  18. danwat1234 macrumors newbie

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  19. nlr macrumors 6502

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    Whats the fastest speeds can a mbp achieve with sata 2?

    Will it make a difference when new faster ssd's come out?

    Whats the best SSD for a MBP for performance?
     
  20. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    Well SATA III is 6Gbps but I think the current MBPs are SATA II only, so 3Gbps. For best performance on a mac you need high random write speed and some sort of garbage collection otherwise it will deteriorate once all cells have been written to.
     
  21. ThinIce macrumors member

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    Much faster than the factory installed HD.
     
  22. nlr macrumors 6502

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    I see and sorry I meant sata 2..

    How fast can write speeds go up to from sata 2? as I want apps to load instantly on click.
     
  23. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    Well the maximum bandwidth of SATA II is 3Gbps like I said, I don't know what the sustained bandwidth is though, SSDs are only writing and reading in the range of 200-300MB/s at the moment though.
    As for apps loading instantly, it wont just depend on your SSD, you'll have main memory and CPU to consider.
    Apps load pretty much instantly with current SSDs now - check this out;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCcJe_S6e8
     
  24. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    So improved speeds (especially random read/writes), much higher size for probably similar money that the G2s cost as well as improved lifetime isn't a good enough improvement?

    The Intels also seem to have more solid firmware than the SandForce stuff.
     
  25. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. ;)
     

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