2017 SSD Vendor


curmudgeonette

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I'm curious as to what vendor Apple is using for their 512g and 1Tb SSD's.
I expect them to be "Apple" brand. Some years ago, Apple bought an SSD controller company. Thus it makes little sense to pay for someone else's controllers.

As to who makes the actual SSD chips, ... I don't know.

FYI, the system report on my 2017 iMac says: Model APPLE SSD SM0512L; Capacity 500,277,788,672 bytes

The Samsung SSD I put in my 2008 MBP says: Model Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB; Capacity 512,110,190,592 bytes
 

Ph.D.

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What does that have to do with anything? It can still be based on the 960 just with a different connector.
What does the 960 have to do with anything? Since when has Apple ever used a commercially-available SSD (not talking chips)? They have always been "Apple" drives, with a proprietary connector even. Mine says Apple as well.
 

SaSaSushi

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I expect them to be "Apple" brand. Some years ago, Apple bought an SSD controller company. Thus it makes little sense to pay for someone else's controllers.

As to who makes the actual SSD chips, ... I don't know.
Yes, custom Apple controllers but at least for the flash component of some Fusion Drive-equipped 2017 iMacs, the SSD chips are Samsung. Skip to 10:50 in this teardown for confirmation.
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They are Samsung drives. Apple doesn't actually make any SSD's themselves, even if they may help design them.

http://osxdaily.com/2012/06/21/determine-manufacturer-of-mac-ssd/
Thanks very much for this! It is very helpful. I can now confirm that the 512GB in my 2017 iMac is a Samsung.


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My 2TB gets reported as
Model: APPLE SSD SM2048L
Samsung ;)
 
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Glideslope

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Thanks. I knew about the controllers. I was curious what Apple was doing with the supply chain issues and the 512g SSD's. Mainly, if anyone had other than Samsung.

Appreciate the input. :)