2019 iMac Fusion vs. SSD Question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LA_LEE, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. LA_LEE macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2017
    Los Angeles
    Couple of questions about the 2019 entry level iMac 27" machine. If I get the machine with the fusion drive can I swap out the drive for a 1 TB SSD myself? It's a major concern as I have changed all my drives to SSD and love them! I know ram is user expandable and I will do that myself.

    If not then I will pay the premium price for the 1 TB from Apple at $500 because the speed will be worth it.

    Please let me know your experience and advice on this. It is my first Apple computer so I am not familiar with them but it's time for a new computer and as I use it mainly for photo editing and web design I think the screen will make it worth the change from Windows to Mac OS.

  2. CheesePuff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2008
    Southwest Florida, USA
    You can swap it out... but it voids your warranty, is a bit of a pain and a lot of effort. And need to re-apply the tape for the monitor.
  3. nemoryoliver macrumors member


    Apr 9, 2013
    What kind of SSD are you going to replace? SATA or NVMe?
  4. alisalem macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2013
    Mississauga, ON
    Go with a 512 GB internal SSD and an external USB 3 / Thunderbolt drive (which could either be an SSD or an HDD) for data.
  5. Rupert Beehsley macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2017
    I jave just spent 3 weeks arguing this with myself! After all the advice I received on here, and from users I know personally, I went for the 512gb ssd, and its great. If you configure all three machines in the Imac range with a 512ssd you will find that the price difference between the models becomes less, so I went for the i5 9th gen, 580x. I added another 16gb of ram from Crucial for £65.
  6. ondert macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2017
    It doesn’t void your warranty if swapped by an authorized Apple reseller which I went for. However, in any case I would go for the pure ssd iMac and plug external ssd for storage.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    As mentioned, if you open it yourself while it's still under warranty, you VOID any warranty that is left.
    If you break something (and that's very possible), you will PAY to have it all put back together -- and they'll only restore it back to the fusion drive configuration that it sold with.

    SSD "right out of the box" is the better choice,
    The 1tb SSD is overpriced in my opinion (unless you have $$$ to toss away).

    The 512gb SSD is a better buy.
    If you need more storage space, plug in an EXTERNAL USB3 drive (SSD or HDD).

    You could even do this:
    - get a USB3.1 gen2 enclosure (connects to USBc port)
    - get an nvme blade SSD
    - put it together,
    .... and then you'll have a USB3.1 gen2 drive that is TWICE AS FAST as any USB3 drive.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    its 2019, OP, do you really want to buy a computer with such old and outdated technology. Get the SSD, you'll be much better off.
  9. Marsell macrumors newbie


    yes it is up to 1000mbs fast, so don’t bother getting the Samsung 970 evo, crucial P1 or intel 660p will do

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