Who's running an OCZ SSD in their MacBook?

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  1. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    I know the OCZ SSDs don't get good reviews, but I've read that they work really well in the new MacBooks. I'm after an SSD but I'm not going to pay the premium for the Intel.

    So, who's running the OCZ Core 2 in their MacBook ?
     
  2. closet geek macrumors member

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    It seems Ol!ver and I are on the same quest! Any SSD success stories would be greatly appreciated :)
     
  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    i'm running an ocz ssd v1 on my alum mb and it works perfectly.
     
  4. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you having any problems like slow unzipping/installing? There's a lot of conflicting reports around the internet.

    Some are saying that the OCZ Core SSDs work great with none-intel chipsets.
     
  6. cryonic49 macrumors member

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    Both OCZ Core V1 and V2 work flawlessly with MacBook(i have them both). If you look at the reported problems, they are all coming from Windows. Mac Os X seems to be immune to jMicron's hiccups.
     
  7. sheltem macrumors member

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    Flash technology in general does not handle small files well, which can explain the performance disparity between different scenarios.
     
  8. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So no problems with the stalling?

    Just ordered the 60GB model - should be here tomorrow.
     
  9. cryonic49 macrumors member

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    No stalling. Laptop feels much faster with OCZ Core. Of course, with small writes it can be slow. But how often does that happen with typical usage?
     
  10. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    To be honest I don't know how often small writes happen, I suppose if it feels faster then that's the whole point.

    I've got 7 days to return it anway, so we'll see how I get on tomorrow ! :D
     
  11. closet geek macrumors member

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    !!

    Videos and feedback much appreciated on this model! How much did you pay?
     
  12. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I paid £170 for it. I really wanted the Intel but I wasn't going to pay over £500 !

    I'll be putting photos and possibly a video or two on my blog tomorrow, linkage in my sig !

    I'll report here too obviously.
     
  13. closet geek macrumors member

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    Are you too busy launching all your apps in 2 seconds to post an update?!! :eek:
     
  14. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just installing everything and getting it back to how I like it :)
     
  15. closet geek macrumors member

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    Soooo how's it working out?
     
  16. deriko100 macrumors 6502

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    Does OCZ work good in the classic Macbook Pro?
     
  17. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So far so good.

    Videos of old and new boot times here: http://uk.youtube.com/user/ojhaslam

    Only slowness I've noticed was downloading my notebooks from Evernote. I would assume that's their servers though and not the SSD....
     
  18. silverblack macrumors 68020

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    No bad, boot time decreased from ~40s (w/ HDD) to ~30s (w/ SSD). This is similar to most others based on what I read in this forum.

    By the way, for those that are thinking about buying a OCZ SSD, OCZ now offers a new line on SSD (solid series), which is supposed to be 2/3 the price of the existing core series. It should be available in some retailers already for pre-order.
    http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/flash_drives/ocz_solid_series_sata_ii_2_5-ssd
     
  19. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  21. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No slowdowns no, seems fine so far though it's obviously early days. Anything I can do to test that ?
     
  22. Ol!ver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So just a little update after a day's use.

    The thing still feels nice and fast, and I've been throwing lots at it to try and trip it up, so far so good. I've got Adium open to keep something writing to disc, along with a HD video downloading, and another playing. All good.

    I've also run Xbench, and the only result that's a bit low is the Random uncached write of 4k blocks. It's hitting at about 2mb/s which seems to be better than normal hard drives but not quite as good as the SSD results I've found online. Having said that it's much faster at other things than some SSDs too, so I'm quite happy.
     
  23. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Very common. In fact, that's probably the most common type of disk activity on modern OSs.
     
  24. phoobo macrumors regular

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    price


    $180 (US) on ebay, new, for the 64 gb version (the 128GB is about $400). Works flawlessly, and the machine (2.0 alu macbook) doesn't vibrate any more. This was my main reason for getting it.
     

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