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    SSD for macbook: OCZ Vertex 4 or OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G?
    I have a macbook mid 2010, which I use for DJing, and I consider to replace the harddrive with an SSD.

    The specs of the mac are:
    • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
    • 1066MHz frontside bus
    • 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM


    What is important when I consider an SSD, in order of priority, is:
    1. Speed
    2. Reliability/Quality
    3. Life span

    From browsing around, I see two interesting choices:
    -OCZ Vertex 4 512GB and
    -OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 480GB

    So the big question: Which do I choose?

    Grateful for input!

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    I would advise against the OCZ as they have a reputation for unstable firmware.

    You may also want to take a look at the Crucial M4, which is very competitively priced and is rock-solid:

    Amazon.com: Crucial 512 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT512M4SSD2: Computers & Accessories
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    Quote Originally Posted by anynamewilldo View Post
    That's a good price. For a $200 discount, I should have gotten that one I guess.

    I could still return the OWC unit I have, but at this point, I don't want to go through the hassle.
    I don't think you can go wrong with the OWC. It's a bit faster than the M4, which uses a Marvell controller as opposed to the Sandforce controller in OWC's drives - and at 480GB, I believe they're over-provisioning to ensure greater reliability. OWC is also known for their customer service and Mac-centric tech support - that's worth a few extra bucks.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    You choose very well with the OWC drive. They make excellent products, and stand behind them too.
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    Thanks for the input. The OWC seems like the best choice, although the Crucial discount on amazon is worth considering :-)

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