Bit the SSD bullet

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by mindless, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. mindless

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    So after much research (4 months worth actually) and waiting I finally bit the SSD bullet and bought a 128GB G.Skill SSD for my 15" uMBP (late '08).

    The performance increase is truly astounding. The hype about how an SSD will be the single most important upgrade that you can give your mac (apart from getting either a new one with a new processor/motherboard) is true.

    Here's a video of me trying to push the newly installed SSD.

    I launched everything on my dock, opened a few files in photoshop and ran 2 instances of Windows XP on Parallels. (i accidentally quit photoshop though because the programs were opening faster than I could cmd+tab through them)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIcHRNxsPBs&feature=youtube_gdata

    You'll notice that even when the OS starts writing to the swap file there is no noticeable lag - not like with the normal drive that's when you usually start beachballing. It's actually like having a ram upgrade.

    Now though I'm starting to think if I should've gotten the 256GB instead. LOL. I may sell this and just go all out with the 256GB model.
     
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    How much did you buy the 128GB G.Skull and from where? How much is the 256GB?
     
  3. mindless

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    128GB is 19k from tipidpc (it says 17k on the posting but the seller says its not updated anymore)
    the 256GB is around 32k.
     
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    Wow, that is pretty darn fast. I am eyeing an SSD myself, but when I see the prices I am still very hesitant. Hopefully next year we will see the prices drop, which will make the decision to throw in a SSD much easier.
     
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    i'm afraid that i'd get used to the speed and never want to go back. which means sacrificing having at least a 320gig HD back down to a 120g-250gig...

    kinda like going from fios broadband back to a slow dhl line...
     
  6. Kenneth

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    Can I put a SSD into an iMac?
    Is it possible to connect a 2.5" SATA drive to where a 3.5" drive should be? The connectors are the same diba?
     
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    yes the SATA connectors are the same. you just may need to attach brackets to the 2.5" drive so they mount in the 3.5" place.
     
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    wow thats fast. if only the ssd drives would go down to 10k for the 128gb model then i would consider installing one.
     
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    Eyeing some SSDs myself... but still don't have that much extra dough
    @mindless: OT, but i recognize some of your YM buddies and email recipients.. you freelance in exist, woring for globe now? haha..
     
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    nice video... thats one fast machine!
     
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    Lol yeah I consulted for exist for a while and now I'm currently consulting with Globe. Small world...
     
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    will it work and fit with the new MBP unibody?
     
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    No reason why it shouldn't. The early unibody and the new one are identical apart from the lack of a removable battery/access door.
     
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    I am very envious of your purchase. I just wish SSD would be cheaper and carry bigger capacities, oh wishful thinking~ :)
     
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    wow! That is the way to go. It's still a bit pricey though.
     
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    does installing an SSD removes the warranty on the MBPro?
     
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    No as long as you dont damage anything while installing it. But upgrading the harddrive/memory does not void the warranty.
     
  18. Mad Mac

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    Man that's orgasmic! Jizztastical as my friend would call it.
     
  19. AlexG

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    That's pretty fast! Still quite expensive. But eventually as these drives go mainstream, prices ( I hope) go down.
     
  20. Mad Mac

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    ...and when they are affordable, there will be new technologies that are yet faster and will make us drool :p
     

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