What do you guys like for SSDs?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cmeisenzahl, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    My new Mac Mini should be delivered today. Additional RAM next week.

    I'm seriously considering swapping out the 5400rpm HD for an SSD.

    What do you guys like for SSDs in these things? Do I want SATA II or III? Any other things I be sure to look for? Or avoid?

    Thanks very much in advance,
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 seem to be the most reliable.
  3. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Vertex 3 120GB I got off slickdeals last month for $50, has blown my mind. Performance and silence in my Dell E6410. Just absolutely total new life to this machine.
  4. Jonnyfive macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2007
    British Columbia
    A SSD is the best thing you can do to increase speed in my opinion.

    Here is a really useful link I found regarding SSDs and helping potentially pick the right one.

  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I agree with this. While Most of my drives are Sandforce based drives and I haven't had any problems with them, many have. The Samsung 830 can be had super cheap right now since they are bringing out the 840's. You just can't go wrong with Samsung drives.
  6. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I've read good things about the Samsungs 830 and Crucial M4 series. I ordered an OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD. I hope I don't run into any issues with it. It's got good benchmarking reviews so fingers crossed.
  7. Pheo macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    Very happy Samsung 830 customer here. Had an intel for a while, which I returned. Write speeds went up 200mb/s and read 100mb/s.

    Been reliable so far, installed for three months.
  8. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    I'm happy - very happy - with my 830.

    Does anyone know if the 840 and 840 Pro supplant the 830, or if they're additions to the line?

    There are some really nice prices for the 830 right now, but I've been assuming that these are just to clear out the existing stock of 830s, but I could be wrong on that...

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