Worth it to go from Intel SSD to OWC SSD?

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  1. trigonometry macrumors 6502

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    I bought the 80GB Intel on a whim and I want know if it is worth it to switch?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I doubt you would notice any difference. Unless you can return the Intel for free of charge, then don't.
     
  3. karohan macrumors 6502

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    I would until the new generation SSDs are released to make any new SSD purchases (it should only be a couple months or so). The gains, if any, that you'll see will be marginal and it's not worth shelling out any more dough just yet.
     
  4. millerb7 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the OWC 120GB SSD and LOVE it!

    It benchmarks way better, degrades less, yadda yadda.... but, like hell said... real world use, you probably won't notice any diff. at all.

    Those benchmarks look good on paper, but don't really show a good reality of how things "feel".

    You are going to notice startup/shutdown time, and app launch time. It'll all feel the same.

    Sure the read/writes will be a little faster etc etc... but again, not enough to where you'll notice anything.
     
  5. trigonometry thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But isn't the only advantage of the newer SSDs going to be capacity/price. Speeds are pretty much maxed out right? Also OWC is planning some type of support for Macs? I've been on the Intel forums and they don't seem receptive of porting their Toolbox to OSX.
     
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    Random speeds will be improved by little but again, I doubt you would notice any difference. I think OWC already has support for Macs as they concentrate on Macs but I doubt Intel is that interested about Macs.
     
  7. millerb7 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, per the reps (screen shots on my other computer) OWC is working on and will be releasing a OSX support beginning of 2011... it also state so on their website.

    If they do, they will be the first to do so.
     
  8. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    It is important to specify that the Intel SSD is one of the best hard drives you can buy as it is probably the SSD with the most complete longevity testing. Thus far, the testing has shown nothing but great things. It is however, considerably slower than most other SSD's currently on the market.

    Financially speaking, it is a toss up unless, as stated, you can return the Intel or perhaps you have a computer you use less which you want to store the boot-able files on.

    Performance wise, maybe as the OWC has write speeds almost 3 times that of the Intel although even the Intel, which is one of the slowest SSD's currently on the market (it is about to be updated), blows away even the fastest of HDD's that will fit in the MBP, and so the difference between specific SSD's may very well not be noticed by the 'butt-benchmark'. Now over time, yes, you should (theoretically) notice a dramatic difference as the OWC has a better infrastructure to maintain performance. The 80gb was a bit small for my needs and the 120 GB was (for me) enough to put all my primary information on and still have about 40 GB of free space. If a larger size SSD will allow you to have all of your files on a single drive and make life more convenient, then yes, replacing the Intel with a OWC of larger capacity may be worth it.

    While the OWC has better wear leveling technology, both of the drives are in excess of 2 million hours MTBF and they will both take a boat load of time for the overstated issues of wear to become problematic. Based on the studies by Intel, which examined wear via accelerated and extended tests (Intel has had SSD's for a long time), by the time the capacity of your SSD has fallen to the point of not being able to use it, the size and even type of hard drive will be long obsolete and obviously will therefore be replaced. In theory, the OWC will maintain performance over time better than the Intel, but how big of a difference will only be shown in time.

    I have doubts about the newer SSD's going down all that much in price yet simply because SSD's are still far and away from main-stream technology and therefore they will have higher production costs.
     

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