View Full Version : Best SSD for a Macbook Pro
03-11-11, 12:04 PM
2010 i7 Macbook Pro - any ideas as to which SSD will work best? I realise that I only have SATA II but wonder if the newer SATA III drives would still provide better performance, aside from being able to keep the drive when I eventually upgrade.
I am also keen for sleep and hibernation to work as they are meant to work if at all possible. I have a feeling that this might limit me to the Intel. If this is the case then is there any advantage to getting the 510 instead of the G2 or, perhaps, waiting another month or several for the G3?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Any 2.5" SSD would do; it just depends on how much you want to spend. There isn't a speed increase for a SATA III vs SATA II drive if it's connected to a SATA II interface. You could use it for future upgrades, but SSDs are getting cheaper over time, so I wouldn't get one just for that.
As far as sleep/hibernation, I'm not aware of any limitations based on the brand/model of SSD.
I'd stay away from OCZ and/or at least inform yourself with the current issues:
Keep an eye out on Newegg's "digital deals" as they have good sales every now and then.
03-11-11, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the reply. There appear to be numerous threads about sleep/hibernate issues relating to Sandforce drives on Mac.
All good. Sandforce and Mac issues? I wasn't aware, but that's good to know. Thanks for the info.
03-15-11, 02:55 AM
The Sandforce / Mac hibernate issue only affects some chipsets, for example it seems nvidia chipsets are unaffected. If going with Sandforce I would look at OWC since they are a very apple oriented company, seem to have good customer service and will be releasing an OSX flashing utility (of course if sandforce made the utility it will probably be available to all vendors based on their chipsets).
Problem is, Sandforce is great for platforms that don't support trim, a lot of other controllers will degrade badly once you've written to all blocks. Since Apple is now supporting trim in drives they ship with the computers you might want to hold out just a bit to see if that support is extended to retail drives too. Once trim is supported it would open up quite a bit more options in what to choose...
03-15-11, 08:56 PM
FWIW, I have the same laptop with a Vertex 2 in an Optibay configuration and I've experienced no problems with hibernation. Feel free to ask if you have any questions about my experiences.
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