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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 because of its aggressive OS-independent garbage collection. This article 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)


    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.



    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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