What is the "good" SSD to buy now?

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  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Hi guys,

    What is a good SSD to buy now? I used to see everyone recommend the OWC ones but now it appears they've fallen out of favor due to something with the sandforce controllers. Anyone have recommendations on what a good one to get would be?
     
  2. cledet macrumors regular

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    Samsung 840 Pro. A bit pricey but worth it if you're in the market. Upgraded from the Crucial M4.
     
  3. flowrider macrumors 601

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    The Samsung 840 is still a good choice if you using the stock hard drive slots (or optical bay ports).

    I wouldn't bother with the 840 Pro unless you are planning to by the Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 as well [which gives you SATA 3 ports).
     
  5. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

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    How are those Samsung 840s on garbage collection?

    Thinking about getting one for the PS4 when it comes out, but AFAIK the system does not handle TRIM at all.
     
  6. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816

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    Personally I'm ordering a Samsung EVO today, along with an Apricon Velocity X2 card and 166GB USB memory stick.

    Time to put Mavericks one, and about time I switched to an SSD.

    Samsung have been touted for their reliability since they started with SSD's, and the performance is top notch considering the price.
     
  7. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Good choice. I'm running the Solo x2 alongwith a 500GB Samsung 840 Series. The EVO was not yet out when I bought my SSD or I would have chosen it.

    A 116GB USB stick:confused:

    I have an 8GB USB3 stick waiting for Mavericks to use an an install disk. I hope the procedure hasn't changed from ML.

    Lou
     
  8. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816

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    I'd have preffered to have a 500GB SSD, but with all my apps, documents, dropbox and FCP X projects I'm barely using 90GB.

    Once I'm done with something I move them to a mechanical drive, and external.

    I have the GM of Mavericks, and when I ran .app it asked me which Drive I'd like to install to. Figured now is the time to get an SSD, and free up that extra HDD.
     
  9. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Crucial M500. It's predecessor, the M4 was rock solid and while the new M500 slightly trails the 840 Pro in performance, it's got a huge bang-for-the-buck advantage. It also has better consistency than the 840 Pro under heavy usage and the added side benefit of not putting money into Samsung's pockets. The 960GB version is going for only $100 more than the Samsung 512GB 840 Pro.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6884/crucial-micron-m500-review-960gb-480gb-240gb-120gb
     
  10. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816

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    For me, the Samsung EVO was cheaper than Cruicial's offering, and since both are good I went for the cheapest.
     
  11. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Fair enough, but friends don't let friends buy Samsung. :p
     
  12. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Yep, your right, but IMHO, it's the best SSD out there.

    But look at one of Samsung's biggest customers, Apple. They buy Macbook displays, macbookSSDs and many discrete electronic components from Samsung.

    Apple has reduced it's dependence on Samsung, but they still spend a lot of money over there.

    Lou
     
  13. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    I maxed out two stock i5 2011 Mac mini's with 16gb ram and added the second drive kit, one with a 960 m500 a month before and two weeks ago a 1tb 840 evo. I thought they would be identical in performance but the samsung shaved a second off the boot time (9.4 seconds lol) and the write speed seemed to be a lot faster than the m500. That made my mind up!

    Samsung are the daddy of NAND!
     
  14. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    So you're suggesting Samsung are the NAND-daddy?

    :)

    (Sorry about the terrible pun. Couldn't resist)
     
  15. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    I wanted to edit it to that - kids got in the way and you beat me to it :D
     
  16. migelprado macrumors newbie

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    I still would insist you get OWC Mercury Electra 6G which is super fast & very reliable too
     
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    OCZ for fastest IOPS, Sandisk Ultra Plus for power safe. Double check your MBP compatibility before buying.
     
  19. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    I'm debating on whether to raid two 840pros for 900+MB/s boot drive or just stick with the 400MB/s + with a single drive. Then use the other as a scratch/export drive. If I do i'll need another velocity x2 or the pricey sonnet tempo pro.

    Gotta love those 840pros
     
  20. paul-n macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't RAID the 840 Pros they are super, also stand alone. Better use the other scratch disk.
     
  21. choreo macrumors regular

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    I have an early 2008 3.1.

    If I purchase a SamSung EVO and a Velocity 2x card, do I have to give up one of my two optical drives (one is an after market LightScribe) or one of my current 4 main drive bays to mount the SSD? Is there another place to stick the SSD drive?
     
  22. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    The SSD would mount on the Velocity Solo X2.
     

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  23. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816

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    That's exactly what I did. Although with Mavericks the boot up time is quite a tad slower, but the speed increase is brilliant with it. :)
     
  24. choreo macrumors regular

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    Wow… that looks like the solution I was hoping for. Do you need to run a separate cable for "power" to the drive?

    I guess this would also work in the 2010-2012 Mac Pros also.. right?

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    By "Quite a Tad" - how much are we talking about?

    Do we know why? Is this something that the OS may remedy in the future or is it maybe some kind of SSD Drive or Card firmware issue?
     

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