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I've heard that, to really benefit from a solid-state drive, one needs a motherboard fast enough. Do you think it's worth to install an SSD into this laptop?

Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MB31.008E.B02

I mean, will I really feel a day—night difference from a HDD?

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It depends on your definition of worth it. An SSD in this system will make it significantly faster, save battery life, etc. Will it be as fast as the same SSD in a newer system? Probably not quite, but I think you'll be very happy with the results anyway. Good luck!

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Yes if you can use out it's speed. An SSD always gives a new life to a laptop, so if you think you'll be fine with that machine for a while, then buy an SSD instead of getting a new MBP/MB. (Seriously its like resurrecting a machine. :) Well.. you can get one and later put it in your new laptop. Which one? I don't know. Intel X25 E maybe?)

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I wouldn't say that an SSD always makes a huge difference. I installed an extremely fast OCZ Vertex2 in a 1st gen MacBook and it really didn't help much, largely because it was constrained by the SATA 1 interface, and thus wasn't much faster than the 7200rpm HDD I had before. With SATA 2 it's a different story - I moved the drive to a more recent Mac Mini and it flies - and I'd expect you'd see similar gains with a later MacBook.

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