Originally Posted by JeffDM
In this case, if I were going to get this machine, I would start with the minimal SSD, max the RAM and save the extra for an OWC SSD upgrade later. With OWC, you know you'll get the Sandforce controller, Apple might give you a card with a Samsung controller or the Sandforce, it's a crap shoot. The Sandforce one being the better performing chip.
I checked all 6 RMBPs in my local Apple Store and they all used a Samsung SSD card. This covered two of the three capacity options. I have no idea if Apple Stores specifically choose machines with those SSD cards because they are faster than say Toshiba SSD cards or if it's luck or if they all use the same SSD cards.
It also doesn't say what controller it uses but I assume it's Samsung since the card is Samsung and that is what AnandTech discovered.
That said, what you say still holds water because Apple makes absolutely no promises about what SSD NAND or controllers will be used so they can change it at any time. All they promise is a capacity.
Originally Posted by BDBLACK
Ram wouldn't be as important as disk space. Unless your running a lot of heavy apps you would never need the extra ram as SSD enabled computers don't rely on disk swapping. Generally, I find you can get away with about half as much ram if you have an SSD.
I think what he might be getting at is that the RAM is soldered, the SSD is not. And since the additional 8GB RAM is only $200 you might as well invest in that to extend the lifetime of the machine, which also means a higher return when you go to sell it.Edited by SolipsismX - 6/15/12 at 8:38pm