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Which of these SSD's should I buy?


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None of my current machines have a SATA III port. Ill need 2 of the chosen SSD, one for my 2010 MBP one for my 2009 MBP.

I can get the Crucial M4 256GB for 320 Euros and the 300GB Intel 320 series for 385 Euros.

Which one would be the better choice?? I thought that if I get the M4 I could put it into my future systems which will have a SATA III port, and benefit from the full speed of the SSD. That way its more "future proof" but that isn't really an important factor for me.

Would the Intel last longer, people always say that Intel is very good quality, low failure rates. How do these drives compare theoretically in terms of life time, speed degradation etc. If i would pay 65€ more for 50 more GB on the Intel and nothing else then I wouldn't get it, however if I would be paying 65€ more for a overall better drive and 50 more GB then it would be worth it. Which drives would you people buy considering the price difference of 65€.
Also would these be good deals?

I need SSD's in this capacity because I am not doing an optibay in my notebooks so I need a fairly large main internal drive.

Another question, but not as important as the one above: For my Mac Pros I probably don't need this much capacity, so I was looking around and found the Xtreem S-1 SSD's by Team Group. Ive not seen anything about these on forums or elsewhere but they seem pretty good. Spec sheets sound promising. I found the 120GB for 160 euros. Are these a good choice? Does anyone know anything about these SSD's?

Thanks guys, important right now is the SSD for my notebooks, my mac pros are quick enough at the moment actually

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Does someone know something which could help me??

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Have a look at OWC's Mercury Extreme which is a 3GB/s transfer rate SSD. 6GB/s will be wasted money as the drive will be 'throttled back' to the slower rate. With exchange rates think the 250GB drives are cheaper:-


OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive (SSD) Solutions - High Performance, Reliability, and Endurance

One advantage of the Mercury Extreme is that using Sandforce, they have their own 'garbage service' enabled so no need for TRIM.

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I've found a website, seems to be the only place in Germany offering OWC SSD's. The 240GB drive costs 334€. What you think, would that be better than a 300GB Intel for 377€?
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In a word yes!

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In a word yes!
correction it costs 479 im not getting it!!

Ill have a look at SSD prices in like 2 months + or so. I dont really need one at the moment, just had an urge to have one
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SSD prices have not come down very much in the past year. Large capacity SSD drives (as you found out) are still beyond what most people can afford or care to afford. I personally don't believe waiting 3 or 4 months is going to make much of a difference.

The most bang for your buck or euro is still going to be a large capacity 7200 RPM drive.
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Go with a smaller SSD and install your operating system etc on that. Unless you are a big iTunes or iPhoto user, with care a 60GB drive can do the job.

The 7200 may have the most bang for the buck, but even compared to my second HDD which is a 10,000rpm Raptor, it is a pretty slow old bang compared to the SSD.

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Go with a smaller SSD and install your operating system etc on that. Unless you are a big iTunes or iPhoto user, with care a 60GB drive can do the job.

The 7200 may have the most bang for the buck, but even compared to my second HDD which is a 10,000rpm Raptor, it is a pretty slow old bang compared to the SSD.
Thats what im doing for my Mac Pro's at one point. But ill need to go with 80-120 GB because of the amount of professional applications I use. However I need at least a 256GB SSD for my Macbook pros because that will be my primary drive, and I have Bootcamp and a fair amount of files. Currently they used 160 GB of drive space, I want to have some headroom trough, for the next years of use.

I have a 7200 rpm at the moment. Its not SLOW, but its not quick. 7200 is the most bang for the buck for most people, but I want snappier systems.
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