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That said, the old M4 just went into my wife's ancient Dell Latitude D620 (circa 2007) and that is a dramatic difference, even she is sure to notice (and she never notices anything).

Can't wait to see if she reacts at all when she picks it up next time. I haven't told her I was planning on swapping it.
She's gonna flip! If she is the least bit technical she will notice right away. I have a friend that upgraded some D620's with SSD's and he loves them. The D620 was one of Dell's best machines IMO. Too bad they don't make them like that anymore.

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She's gonna flip! If she is the least bit technical she will notice right away. I have a friend that upgraded some D620's with SSD's and he loves them. The D620 was one of Dell's best machines IMO. Too bad they don't make them like that anymore.
Yeah, they are rock solid... I liberated this one from the 'recycle' pile at work. All it needed was an HDD. It's too bad I couldn't have scored a D630 as I believe those ran a bit cooler and were less battery intensive.

Actually, Dell's Latitude line has always been fairly well built and serviceable. I haven't touched their newer stuff since my company shifted over to Lenovo, but I've yet to see a poorly made Latitude.

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I convinced my boss to buy a Crucial M500 (480GB) about six months ago for my aging 2010-Macbook Pro, and it's been nothing less than stellar. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the computer feels brand new. It's the single most significant upgrade I've ever made. I was getting ready to push for a new system, but with this SSD there's no need.

For reference, I typically run Safari, Outlook, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Skype, Trillian, Dropbox, TotalFinder, Default Folder X, 1Password, BusyCal, Espresso, FileZilla, and Messages actively. There are a myriad of background items running as well, like MAMP, Little Snitch, iStat Menus.

Start up and shut downs were incredibly long -- around 5-6 minutes to make the system work ready (even with the RAM maxed at 8GB). Popped in the SSD, and the system was work ready, from starting completely cold, in 19 seconds. Nineteen seconds, from over five minutes. That's nearly a 1600% performance increase.

Disk writes (from Dropbox syncs, and etc) were a constant source of agony. It was just a mess, really. But none of that is a problem now. I love my SSD and will NEVER go back to using a traditional hard drive for anything more than backups and/or storage of files I use only rarely.

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One thing I've been thinking about are the Fusion drives. I'm considering buying a fully loaded iMac for a startup I'm launching, and the 3TB Fusion had really caught my eye. I'm wondering how it stacks up against a pure SSD. Anybody have any experience in this regard?

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Samsung 830 series, 256GB SSD. Works great. Boot up from Pushing the power button to destop on my L2012 Mac Mini under Mavericks is less then 10sec. I have trim support added via Trim Enabler app.

Works great. 500+ MB/s Read and Writes.

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I did a drive swap from a 750GB HHD to a Crucial M500 240 GB SSD in my 2011 MBP. What a difference! Simple to do w/ Crucial's instructions, too.

I use the swapped-out HHD in an external enclosure + USB cable as my b/u drive. Sweet.
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SSD can be really good to use for Photoshop Scratch Disk, also works really well with video editing. Right now my top recommendations are Kingston and Samsung. Does anyone have any experience with Intel SSD's though? I've been thinking about getting those for a RAID 0 Scratch Disk.
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