Which SSD's will work with the new 2011 MBP?

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  1. Crunch macrumors 6502

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    Which SSD's will work best (or at all) in the new 2011 MBP's? I like the Intel 160GB G2's but I don't think Apple uses Intel SSD's and therefore there is no driver. Is that how it works?

    Apple does use Samsung's and Toshiba SSD's, so should I get one of those?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    You don't need a driver, so any SATA-interfaced SSD would work. If you're getting a 2011 model, I'd recommend a SATA-3 model like the Vertex 3 as it would be fastest. Some people mention problems with certain models, but you'll know whether it works or not right away and well within a return period.

    If you're getting the high-end 15" or 17", the 128GB Apple SSD is a good buy because it's only a $90 upgrade (w/ the education discount anyway).
     
  3. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Basically all SATA II SSDs will work.

    Crucial M4 and Corsair Force 3 didn't work stable in my MBP 2011 13". Vertex 3 did but I didn't like the battery life.
     
  4. sunnyj macrumors 6502

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    i have a OWC 240gb SSD 3G in the optibay. if you get a 6G SSD it will be hit or miss to work in your 2011 17" mbp
     
  5. Crunch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, awesome!!! The reason I asked is because when I built Hackintosh's, it was always imperative that whatever parts were used needed to have Apple support in any Mac, didn't matter which.

    One more follow-up: I'm told, and this is super exciting for me because I don't ever use optical drives, that I can take out the DVD burner (Super Drive) and can put in a 2nd SSD or hard drive. Is that for realz? Even more exciting is the possibility of RAID'ing the two internal SSD's for even better speeds???

    Finally, if I do get two SATA III drives (6Gbps), would they both be able to run at that speed? The main drive bay has a link speed of 6Gbps but when I look at System Information (formerly System Profiler in pre-Lion OS X versions), it says that while it is also a 6 Series chipset, the Link speed is only 3Gbps and for the DVD drive, of course, the negotiated actual speed is only 1.5Gbps. That's fine for a DVD drive, but would I only be able to get 3Gbps out of where the Super Drive is hooked in?

    These are exciting times! :D Thanks everyone!!!
     
  6. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    Sounds like your optical bay is only SATAII. So is mine.
     
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