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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs An awesome upgrade for my Mac Mini (Late 2012) 05/01/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Surprise-free, no-nonsense installation in my Mac Mini (2012). SATA III, TRIM and MDX controller make this thing really fast. I chose it after reading some really great reviews here, as well as the results of some head-to-head comparisons from a third-party hardware review site.

Cons: Some SSDs carry lifetime warranties, so the 5-year warranty here leaves a little to be desired. On the other hand, it's unlikely most people will need this thing to last more than 5 years when you consider how fast the SSD size and capability landscape are advancing.

Other Thoughts: Play your cards right and you may be able to use this SSD in an enterprise environment.

I maintain a lab of machines used to perform continuous integration and compile and package a widely used software product for official distribution. After Apple discontinued the Xserve, we switched to using several Mac Mini (Late 2012) machines to build our latest Mac code. Our four Minis have the i5 2.5 GHz processor, 16 GB of RAM and these Samsung SSDs. I'm very happy with the performance.

Some folks would say it's a bad idea to use commodity hardware in an enterprise environment. In my case, there's nothing sacred stored on these machines; they check out their code dynamically with every build. So if one of the drives or machines dies, I just go get another one and keep moving. This strategy saves us thousands of dollars over buying enterprise-grade stuff.

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Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 Memory for Apple Model CT2K8G3S160BM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs A solid choice for my Mac Mini (late 2012) 05/01/2014

This review is from: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 Memory for Apple Model CT2K8G3S160BM

Pros: Fully compatible with my Mac Mini (Late 2012), pushing it to its 16GB maximum RAM. I've installed this specific model of RAM in four separate machines and haven't had a problem with any of them.

Cons: I haven't had any problems and couldn't be happier.

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iRam 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ECC Fully Buffered Dual Channel Kit Memory For Apple Mac Pro Model IR4GMP800K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price, lifetime warranty, solid construction with good heat sinks

Cons: I've bought 3 pairs of this. One pair was DOA and the other two pairs died within a couple of months. NewEgg was good about letting me return the first DOA pair, although I wasn't pleased about having to pay to return it.

I kept the other two pairs and used them for a couple of months. Today, the MacPro tower they were in had a quickly flashing power light, with a solid red light on each of the RAM boards, indicating a RAM failure. Re-seating the modules and changing their order around did nothing to satisfy the machine. I wasn't able to get it booted again until I put in the original Qty 4x1GB sticks it came with, at which time it came right back up and is operating now without any problems.

Other Thoughts: If you're doing this work for a business like I am, I wouldn't recommend getting these because they'll cost you a lot of lost time, which is more valuable than the savings of them being a good price.

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Display Name: Andrew S.

Date Joined: 07/30/02

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 01/25/06
  • Last Review: 05/01/14
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