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3G vs 6G SSD in a 2011 Mac mini

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:05 am    Post subject: 3G vs 6G SSD in a 2011 Mac mini Reply with quote

I'm just wondering about using a 3G SSD versus going with a 6G SSD in a 2011 Mac mini. Does it really matter or should I just go with the best bang for the buck with the largest capacity? Is there anything else I should be looking for in a SSD drive or with its firmware? I'm totally new to the SSD game, but anxious to get rolling.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The choice depends on your budget and needs. Do you prefer speed or stability? Most of the fast 6G (OCZ, OWC) are notorious for lock ups. Intels aren't as fast but current ones are solid.

one site to read through
http://www.ssdreview.com/ssd-solid-state-recommendation.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saul is correct.

intel is stable

samsung is stable


crucial m4 is stable.


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CT256M4SSD

big ssd 256gb very fast and stable code KINGCAKE brings it down 20 bucks from 340 to 320




http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=G3_160GK5

a 160gb ssd sata II 277 code KINGCAKE brings it down to 257



http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MZ7PC256ZD

a 256gb sataIII ssd 367 code KINGCAKE brings it down to 347.


I do a lot of mini upgrades to ssds. if you can afford to buy the 256gb crucial or the 256gb samsung above. If you can find that intel for 200 it is a good deal.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that was a list of higher priced ssds that are good that I have used. My next advice do not bother with a 64 gb ssd as they fill fast.



here are some good 128gb ssds


http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2226687


this is a samsung 128gb ssd sata III



http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Crucial-128GB-M4-2-5-SATA-III-MLC-Internal-Solid-S-/150758495148?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2319e813ac#ht_3039wt_1398



this is a 128gb crucial ssd from buy.com
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not the fastest but recognised by Apple and OS X enables TRIM without doing a "hack" on OS X.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Apple-128GB-Solid-State-Drive-SATA-SSD-MacBook-Pro-2011-Toshiba-LATEST-/120858911559?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c23c0a347

(I got two of these and am happy with them)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darn, I wish I had seen this sooner because I just ordered an OWC 240GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD for my late 2009 Mac mini and it's already at the local courier depot ready for pickup.

So should I send it back because it's crap? I always thought OWC was good quality. I went for the 6G because I might buy a more current Mac mini next year and use it in that. I prefer stability over speed.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can if you want, it's a good drive with good track record. Haven't had an issue with mine, since they were first introduced.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good to know. Are you using yours in a 2011 mini?

ez061111 wrote:
You can if you want, it's a good drive with good track record. Haven't had an issue with mine, since they were first introduced.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, still running like a champ for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I guess I should have read the setups your signature.

I've ordered a 2.3 Mac mini 2011 to put the SSD in, and will put the 500GB HD from the 2011 mini into the 2009 mini. I'm probably going to be doing it all myself so I'm a bit nervous, lol.

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Yes, still running like a champ for me.
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