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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Fast, easy to install, great software
Cons: High Price
Other Thoughts: Had a Raid-0 setup with two 10K rpm hard drives. Felt some lag when opening Photoshop and doing other tasks so I decided to get an SSD. After some research, the Samsung 840 Evo series seemed to be the best bang for the buck. I cloned the data over from my Raid-0 drives to the SSD (had to change msahci registry setting before cloning) and installed the drive, booted in extremely fast. All the apps load so fast compared to the raid-0.
Now that I've used SSD, I can't go back to HDD's.
This review is from: G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Memory for Apple Model FA-8500CL7D-8GBSQ
Pros: Good price, does its job
Other Thoughts: My mid 2009 Macbook Pro was showing its age with a 5400rpm Harddrive and 2GB of ram, so I decided to upgrade it with an SSD and 8GB ram.
Easy installation, although the biggest difference was obviously made by the SSD, the ram also helped tremendously as well. Can load more applications and don't feel the memory lag like I used to. Too bad Apple limits you to only 8GB, otherwise I would've gotten 16GB.
Pros: Fast, good price
Cons: Not the fastest SSD out there
Other Thoughts: I have a mid 2009 Macbook Pro and after upgrading to Mavericks from Snow Leopard, the OS was almost unusable. Applications would load so slowly and I decided I had to upgrade from the slow 5400rpm hard drive.
Cloned the drive over using a USB2 to SSD cable (had to buy it separately), easy installation and booted right up. Wow, what a huge difference it made. Apps load instantly and the macbook pro has new life.
After enabling TRIM, I ran a speedtest and got around 170 MBs write and 270 MBs, these speeds are somewhat limited by the 1.5Gbps on the Macbook Pro. Anyways, it's really worth the upgrade, SSD made all the difference.