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I've got a Macbook Pro 15" 2,4GHz i5, medio 2010. I would like to upgrade to a solid state disk. But will I benefit from a disk with read/write speeds of 500 mb/s? Or what is the max speed that is supported by my SATA controller?

Thank you in advance

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You can find the speed of your SATA controller with the System Information application, by clicking system report > hardware > Serial ATA. Which in my case (a 15" 2.53GHz 2010 MBP) shows the following:

Intel 5 Series Chipset:

  Vendor:                   Intel
  Product:                  5 Series Chipset
  Link Speed:               3 Gigabit
  Negotiated Link Speed:    3 Gigabit
  Description:              AHCI Version 1.30 Supported

3 Gigabit means the maximum uncoded transfer rate is 2.4 Gbit/s or about 300MB/s (286MiB/s).

In conclusion: a 500MB/s disk is probably overkill.

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Thanks a lot for this info. By my computer the Link speed is 3 Gigabit, but the negotiated link speed is 1,5 Gigabit. So, which number does affects my transfer rate? Sorry I'm quite a noob. – user31031 Sep 30 '12 at 19:57
I believe that has to do with the disk currently in your Macbook. When you change the disk it should show the negotiated link speed as 3 Gigabit. – Silke Sep 30 '12 at 20:48

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