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Which SSD to pick?

Total: 8 votes (2 blank votes)

  • OCZ Vertex 2 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551 ) $180 (after rebate)
  • 17 %
  • Intel 320 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167052 ) $225
  • 50 %
  • Corsair Force ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233160 ) $170
  • 17 %
  • Other option...
  • 17 %
June 2, 2011 11:41:46 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware community,

I am looking to purchase a new SSD for my MacBook Pro. I think I've narrowed it down to 3 choices:

  • OCZ Vertex 2 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) $180 (after rebate)
  • Intel 320 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) $225
  • Corsair Force ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) $170

    They are all 120 GB (that is an absolute minimum size). $225 is my maximum...but I much prefer the <200 options. I know there's all sorts of differences in chipsets, etc., so I'm looking for any advice y'all can give me. Things I'm interested in:

    - The Intel page shows a lot less power usage than the others....are those numbers accurate?
    - I've heard that Intel is more reliable than other brands....how much more reliable would the Intel be than, say, the OCZ?
    - Any other options that you all think would be a better value?

    Thanks for your time.
    Austin
  • More about : ssd advice

    June 3, 2011 12:31:22 AM

    OK I see one vote for Intel...any specific opinions though?
    a b å Intel
    a c 303 G Storage
    June 3, 2011 12:32:06 AM

    Have you checked the MacBook Pro forum?

    If I'm not mistaken there are a few extra considerations due to the design and configuration of the MacBook Pro.
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    a b å Intel
    a c 353 G Storage
    June 3, 2011 1:20:05 AM

    As Johnny said, check on any known problems.
    My vote not listed, an slightly over @ $240 (On sale, normally 280) - Agility 3 ( can be moved over to sata III when you upgrade.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    Added: Bought 2. Installed one in destop, sofar good). the 2nd one is for a SB notebook (arrives tommarrow).
    a b G Storage
    June 3, 2011 4:02:31 AM

    The intel is more likely to be reliable. Also, the intel incorporates capacitors which hold enough charge to write any data that is in cache during a power outage (or battery failure). This is an important feature for my laptop. Also, power consumption is less. Interestingly it does not test as well as it should, power wise, and I don't understand the discrepancy. It is still less power hungry than a suped up ocz vert 3.
    a b å Intel
    a c 303 G Storage
    June 3, 2011 4:40:15 AM

    That's what I wanted to say but I am growing old disgracefully. I get things mixed up.

    I'm pretty sure I read similar comments in other forums. I check in the morning when I make the rounds of the forums.
    !