Which 120/128GB SSD to get for my MBP? (around $350)

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  1. enochpeng macrumors regular

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    I've a 15" unibody MacBook Pro 2.53G model.
    I'm thinking to upgrade to a SSD drive to boost the performance as well as silent running. My budget is around $350 dollars here in Canada.

    Which one do you guys recommend? or should I wait for another while?

    Thanks for any inputs.
     
  2. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Is it that important for you to get an SSD right now?

    I suggest waiting, there are new generation SSDs coming out very soon.

    You got the OCZ Vertex hitting the market right now, 120GB for 460$. (Uses the Barefoot controller by Indrilx (sp?))

    OCZ Summit in late March (Samsung), SanDisk G3 by Summer (Sandisk), and a couple of other drives.


    If you need it now, well, there's Intel x25-m, which is fast and at 350$ right now but doesn't support Boot Camp.

    Don't recommend getting Titan/Apex, they are still JMicron drives, which is not that good, sucks up a lot of power (3-4W load, 1W idle).
     
  3. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestion, is the controller the most important component in a SSD drive? Also, are performance vary a lot between different models? say a 250 dollar OCZ and a more expensive one?
     
  4. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    The controller and cache are indeed the most important as of now.
     
  5. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where can i find out which controller is used in the drive? a lot of the online vendors seem to have no such info listed with their items.
     
  6. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    You have to do your own research. The easiest way is to go to the reviews since they often emphasize the internal details. You can also go to the manufacturer's forum and ask.
     
  7. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is this a good buy?

    G.SKILL FM-25S2S-128GB 2.5" 128GB it's $306 dollars here in canada.

    sees very attractive to me

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231221&nm_mc=OTC-RSS
     
  8. MikhailT macrumors 601

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  9. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there anything close to this price point that has a different controller?
     
  10. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    None that are that big unfortunately.
     
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    I strongly suggest waiting.

    Intel x25-m 80gb was 700$ back in Sept. Now it is 350$ with 160GB taking it's 700$ price tag.

    By summer, many of the 120/128GB SSDs with Samsung, SanDisk would be under 400$
     
  12. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, i think i'll calm down and wait. also my roommate is getting a Macbook Pro with SSD upgrade from Apple which i believe uses a Toshiba SSD? I'll see how he likes it first....
     
  13. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    The Toshiba one is overpriced and isn't nearly as fast as the newer 256gb SSDs that are coming out.
     
  14. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    But i think it's a reasonable priced upgrade since it only costs $250...
     
  15. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    $750.
     
  16. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    What? It is 750$, i think with student discount, it is 650$.

    Definitely not worth it.

    Just remember, when you see his SSD in real life, you are experiencing the best feature of all SSDs, the very low latency. The write/read speed when you are doing file transfers, video editing among other things would be the differentiator between SSDs of various quality.
     
  17. enochpeng thread starter macrumors regular

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    http://store.apple.com/ca/configure/MB471LL/A?mco=MTkzOTI0Ng
    I think it's only $275...

    will most of the SSDs on the market have the hanging issues?
     
  18. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Oh, we assumed your mate had the 17" MBP which offered the Toshiba 256GB, which is the only size so far that the new Samsung comes in, thus the assumption. I am not sure if the 128GB is also Toshiba.

    Not all, the JMicron drives all have the same stuttering issue. Samsung, Intel do not for sure.
     
  19. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    I had heard the 128 GB SSD in the 15" MBP was a Samsung
     

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