Fusion Drive Now Available as Option for Low End 21.5" iMac

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    As noted by MacGeneration and in our MacRumors Forums, Apple is now allowing the entry level 21.5" iMac to be configured with a 1TB Fusion Drive.

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    The Fusion Drive is a built-to-order option for the iMac and Mac mini that combines SSD and traditional hard drives into a single logical volume.
    The 1TB Fusion Drive add-on is a $250 option and was previously only offered on the high end 21.5" iMac, high end Mac mini and 27" iMacs.

    Article Link: Fusion Drive Now Available as Option for Low End 21.5" iMac
     
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    Why wasn't it an option in the first place?
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    how generous.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    Maybe because the high end ones didn't sell.
     
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    That should help push imac's ASP higher.
     
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    Early adopters are screwed again.
     
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    The next question is, is the connector standard on all Logic boards so that you can D.I.Y. ?
     
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    any Mac

    128Gb HD in any Mac's should be legaly Banned!!! what a joke!!! :mad:
     
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    Great news, but yeah kinda ticked now. Would have changed how I ordered.

    Still wish there was just a SSD or Flash Drive option. Some people don't require 1TB and don't want ANY mechanical HDD and the noise, heat and higher failure time that come along with them.

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    I remember reading in one of the first base teardowns that it did not have the socket connector.
     
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    Yea. I really don't like this new trend of Apple updating BTO options after a Mac has been released. They did it with the MacBook Pro 15" retina and they are doing it again with the new iMac.

    Seriously this time..... Steve would never have allowed this. Really though, this kind of behavior hardly ever happened under Steve's watch.
     
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    Really? What option(s) did they add to the rMBP 15"?
     
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    Should be standard in my opinion. Option to go fully SSD.
     
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    I wish...

    In New Zealand its a $400 add-on.:eek:
    ($250USD = around $300NZD!!!)
     
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    Does anyone know if the HDD part in the Fusiondrive is 5400 or 7200 rpm?
     
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    5400 on the 21.5" iMac.
     
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    How much for $125 worth of MLC mSata?

    Has anyone tried replacing the hard drive on a 21.5" NEW iMac with a 2.5" SSD? Does the fan spin up due to the lack of temperature sense on the power connector?
     
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    Too bad :/
     
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    The HD is the iMac's biggest letdown. Beachballs the moment you do anything remotely intensive....processor counts for nothing while the HD is playing catch up. I can't believe 7200rpm isnt even an option on 21, never mind SSD... Ridiculous. Maybe I don't want a larger screen. Options, please
     
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    I saw someone mention this late last year - but Apple does this to push people to the higher end, more profitable models during the initial roll out around holiday season to make more money. It's kind of slack.

    Someone else mentioned that the blade 128GB drives may have had constrained stock during the holiday period but now they are up to production requirements?
     
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    Apple has also had tiered upgrades, so the fact Tim is now allowing the lower specced machines have the better upgrades is a good thing. For Apple, it sounds like Steve may have actually been holding them back on somethings.
     
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    So where does the SSD sit if you get a BTO with fusion... Is it similar to the ones used in the MBA ?
     
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    I think it's the same type as found in the retina MBP.

    There's plenty of discussion about what's inside the new iMacs and upgrading the hard drives in this thread.
     
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    Sweet, thanks
     
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    Sweet .. now I want 680MX option on base 21.5" iMac and no one would buy the high end 27" again :p
     

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