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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They fly. I just hate to spend that much money, but they truly fly. they are 30 to 50 percent faster then a wd scorpio black 250gb 7200rpm drive. That is the fastest 7200rpm drive. That I have tested. I dropped in an intel x-25m 80gb ssd cost 363. One of the forum members had me do the update.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Man...all of these ssd's seem so dam expensive
Is the speed actually that much faster?
One could purchase a 160GB 7200rpm HD form newegg for $70
and these are costing over $700!!!


I've only tried an SSD on a Mac externally (the G.Skil one's are SATA and USB 2.0 compatible), and it did transfer faster. I later put the drive in a NetBook running Vista, that's when it was noticeable with boot times and when programs started up. ...I ended up selling that NetBook on Ebay to get the Vaio P though (which also has an SSD, but it's slow due to CPU and graphics power, you are just paying for size and weight).

If I had the extra money, I would really love to replace the hdd's in my Mac's with ssd's, but like you said, they are so pricey. The other benefits I see in having an SSD is that they do generate way less heat, and f you do drop your laptop it has a greater chance of survival than a regular spinning drive does.

If you want fast, but aren't willing to spend the money on an SSD (I would suggest waiting until at least late this year, they will come down in price), you might want to consider a Western Digital Black series, those drives are amazing!! I've never been a WD fan until I realized how great their Black Series and Raptors were. ...but if you really want an SSD, I would highly recommend G Skill and OCZ (not the Mac branded OCZ's, unless you want the Mac logo on them).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESUNintel wrote:
Krametash wrote:
Man...all of these ssd's seem so dam expensive
Is the speed actually that much faster?
One could purchase a 160GB 7200rpm HD form newegg for $70
and these are costing over $700!!!


I've only tried an SSD on a Mac externally (the G.Skil one's are SATA and USB 2.0 compatible), and it did transfer faster. I later put the drive in a NetBook running Vista, that's when it was noticeable with boot times and when programs started up. ...I ended up selling that NetBook on Ebay to get the Vaio P though (which also has an SSD, but it's slow due to CPU and graphics power, you are just paying for size and weight).

If I had the extra money, I would really love to replace the hdd's in my Mac's with ssd's, but like you said, they are so pricey. The other benefits I see in having an SSD is that they do generate way less heat, and f you do drop your laptop it has a greater chance of survival than a regular spinning drive does.

If you want fast, but aren't willing to spend the money on an SSD (I would suggest waiting until at least late this year, they will come down in price), you might want to consider a Western Digital Black series, those drives are amazing!! I've never been a WD fan until I realized how great their Black Series and Raptors were. ...but if you really want an SSD, I would highly recommend G Skill and OCZ (not the Mac branded OCZ's, unless you want the Mac logo on them).


Well said. BTW if i put one of these ssds into my macbook, will it make my battery last longer (in other words, will it use less power?) Conversely, will a 7200rpm HD use MORE power than a 5400rpm HD, meaning I lose battery life?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krametash wrote:
ESUNintel wrote:
Krametash wrote:
Man...all of these ssd's seem so dam expensive
Is the speed actually that much faster?
One could purchase a 160GB 7200rpm HD form newegg for $70
and these are costing over $700!!!


I've only tried an SSD on a Mac externally (the G.Skil one's are SATA and USB 2.0 compatible), and it did transfer faster. I later put the drive in a NetBook running Vista, that's when it was noticeable with boot times and when programs started up. ...I ended up selling that NetBook on Ebay to get the Vaio P though (which also has an SSD, but it's slow due to CPU and graphics power, you are just paying for size and weight).

If I had the extra money, I would really love to replace the hdd's in my Mac's with ssd's, but like you said, they are so pricey. The other benefits I see in having an SSD is that they do generate way less heat, and f you do drop your laptop it has a greater chance of survival than a regular spinning drive does.

If you want fast, but aren't willing to spend the money on an SSD (I would suggest waiting until at least late this year, they will come down in price), you might want to consider a Western Digital Black series, those drives are amazing!! I've never been a WD fan until I realized how great their Black Series and Raptors were. ...but if you really want an SSD, I would highly recommend G Skill and OCZ (not the Mac branded OCZ's, unless you want the Mac logo on them).


Well said. BTW if i put one of these ssds into my macbook, will it make my battery last longer (in other words, will it use less power?) Conversely, will a 7200rpm HD use MORE power than a 5400rpm HD, meaning I lose battery life?


I'm not sure of the difference in power consumption of a 7200 VS 5400 RPM HDD, but the SSD did give about 15-20 minutes of extra battery life, and even a bit more if I really dimmed the screen. ...but that was a Windows NetBook, I would guess it'll have a similar effect in a MacBook.

Philiparcario might now since he actually tested an Intel SSD in a Mac?
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