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Intel 320 SSD on their Macbook Pro

18264 Views 26 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2013 2:20 PM by lenn5 RSS
  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:45 AM (in response to josty)

    Josty, obviously the Intel supports Trim, you could try the patch (it is very easy to undo that, read the links I gave); I think the Kingston does not, but I am not absolutely sure.

    Edit: as an afterthought: if you install Trim Support on the Mac, while the SSD does not support it: in System Profiler/ Esata  "Trim Support" may say "yes", but that is the OS, it will not in effect do it on the SSD.

  • josty Calculating status...
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    Jul 11, 2011 7:22 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    Yes I read your links. But how can I be sure that TRIM will work with this patch? Is there other solution how to verifiy TRIM like checking memory blocks in Linux?

     

    Kingston SSDnow V100 does have TRIM support. V+ 100 doesnt have TRIM support. It is for OS which doesnt support TRIM, thats whay I asked what do you think on Kingston V+100?

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:13 AM (in response to josty)

    I think I can be of no further help, it is you who has to make decisions. good luck.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    Jul 11, 2011 10:17 AM (in response to rsannie)

    you're welcome rsannie.

  • josty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:02 AM (in response to rsannie)

    Okay, I hope rsannie will share his experience with us, when he buys this SSD.

  • josty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 14, 2011 3:39 PM (in response to rsannie)

    Now I'm seriously considering to buy http://www.kingston.com/ukroot/ssd/vplus100.asp because of its aggressive OS-independent garbage collection. This article http://www.anandtech.com/show/4010/kingston-ssdnow-v-plus-100-review says that this ssd uses same Toshiba Controller like is used in Macbook Air. This ssd also support TRIM, so it could be work with TRIM patch...

  • healeydave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 12:22 PM (in response to rsannie)

    Hi,

    Just thought I would add my experience.

     

    I have been using the Intel SSD 320 Series 160Gb SSD in a Quad Core iMac for a couple of months.

     

    Its was running fine all through the Lion Beta program, but Monday evening, my iMac with Lion GM locked up and I had to power off the system (that never happens to my Mac normally).

     

    On rebooting, I got the flashing folder with a question mark, signifying no devices with a valid OS were detected

     

    The following morning, I had to replace the SSD with a 1TB platter drive and restore my system (thank god for Time Machine).

     

    Disk Utility repoerts the SSD as 8.4Mb ins size (no, thats not a typo) and thinks the drive is unformatted.

     

    This is very disappointing, so much for hoping SSD would be more reliable than mechanical drives

     

    I loved the speed of SSD, but this type of failure whether its Intel's fault or OSX causing this catestrophic failure I am still unsure, but either way totally un-acceptable and has made me wary of wanting to try again with SSD!

  • costa.bas Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 7, 2011 2:03 PM (in response to rsannie)

    Do not buy it!

     

     

    I have bought the intel 320 ssd 600gb and I don't think the speed gains are worth the money. I don't know about other brands, but the speed didn't impress me much compared to my former seagate momentus xt.

     

    Below is a thread that I posted. Mind you my situation might be different than yours because I am using a lot windows 7 under bootcamp.

     

    http://communities.intel.com/thread/23674?tstart=30

     

    Another thing to consider is that the Intel technical support is useless. They told me that it is an apple issue and that I have to contact apple. I haven't done it yet but I think they will say they don't support other SSDs than what they sell.

     

    I am ****** off at Apple as well because if you follow the other links in my post you'll see that in order to get Win 7 run in AHCI mode you have to hack the MBR and change some flags. Apple doesn't make it easier either.

     

    I think this technology is not there yet. Everbody brags about how fast the OSes boot up. Yes, it's fast but how many times do you do it in a day?

     

    You really have to take a look at what you do on a daily basis. If you use software that writes big files, it will save you time. If you do a lot of typing and designing manually using the mouse and so on, save your money, it is not worth it. I am a software developer and in my daily routine (compile programs mainly vs 2010 c# and delphi) I find that the intel 320 ssd is not that much faster than my previous HDD.

  • lenn5 Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)
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    Dec 20, 2013 2:20 PM (in response to costa.bas)

    I've had an Intel 320 SSD in my early 2008 15" MBP for almost 3years now. Runs great and haven't had any problems.

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