Ha! That was my first SSD. Still have it running in my W7 box. Seemed crazy fast at the time. I bought the 840 Pro last night via MacMall and plan to put it in my Mac mini. Wonder just how fast it'll seem compared to my X25-M. I think I paid $209 for the 80GB X25-M, about 2.5 years ago. I guess in 2 more years I can get a top-end 512GB for $200?
Yes, samsung 840pro is better, but I wouldn't say far better.
Faster, uses less power, newer, speed doesn't drop for incompressible data (intel 520 uses Sandforce).
Both have good warranty, good reputation, fast speed, but I would go with Samsung 840pro if I can choose.
Yeah, this thing seems to be bumping down a few dollars, every few hours. Keeps firing off one of my old price alerts, lol. About time prices started falling again - I got 830 models this size for $165 a few months ago.
It's compatible but you won't receive the full performance of SATA3. Also, I am not sure if Apple specifies which SSD is compatible with it.
Is this true? I was about to jump on this drive until I read your post. I have the MC724LL/A version - which is the 2.7ghz version of the early 2011 model. Does this mean we could only use SATA II drives?
EDIT: I did some research and there's a few conflicting things. But I saw this article[macsales.com] and it looks like the 13' and 15' models are compatible with SATA III.
Well, the regular 840 has been in the $160 range within the last week or so. Makes sense to compare recent pricing. Some people need the capacity more than the ultimate speed. But as you point out, some people also don't care for the NAND type in the regular 840 models, particularly the rated life. I think we need OCZ to come back with all those deals, if only to help drive prices back down on all the drives.
Thumbs up 1++, OCZ needs to have more sales, they were the competitor that brought SSD prices low, pro/non-pro doesnt mean much since my heavy gaming is fast all together with an SSD. first ones to load all the time bring back the 130$ 240gb SSD!
They are both very good drives and you can't go wrong with either one IMO. They're so fast you probably won't notice the difference overall. I will note that the software that comes with the Intel 520 looks easier/better to use for SSD management/cloning than the 840 Pro.
I have the 520 in my desktop and the 840 Pro in my laptop. Highly recommend both and don't regret purchasing either one.
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