27" has SSD and Hard Drive Dual Combo!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lasuther, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    This was something I didn't expect. For the low, low price of $750 you can add a 256GB SSD in addition to the 1TB hard drive while keeping the Superdrive. Everything comes loaded on the SSD. I imagine there could be software RAID options. I didn't know they had room to do that in the 27". I wonder if it's possible to get one in my first gen 27" Quad.
     
  2. VespR macrumors regular

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    This is what I'm interested in the most. No more removing SuperDrive or hacks to fit an SSD in.

    It'll be interesting to see if there is a purpose built space if you want to install your own SSD later. Need to see some internal pics.
     
  3. 314631 macrumors 6502a

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    SSD too expensive for me this update. Hopefully the prices will continue to come down, dramatically, before the next refresh.

    I do like that we can have a large storage drive and an SSD for performance. It's definitely a big step in the right direction.
     
  4. VespR macrumors regular

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    It's expensive because it's Apple and a 256GB offering. For OS and Applications you could get away a 50GB SSD.

    Something like a Vertex 2E 60GB or Corsair Force 60GB would be brilliant. If there is the space available if you go for a stock option with the connectors all available.
     
  5. rnb2 macrumors regular

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    Yes, we'll need to see the internals to see if there is a mounting bracket and connector in machines that don't come with an SSD installed. The factory SSD option is a non-starter for me - I'm currently booting my i7 2009 from an Intel X25M 80GB in a FW800 enclosure, and it works fine (and has room to spare on the SSD).

    Even if there is a specific bracket for the SSD in the new models, there's still the pain of opening the beast up (and possibility of dust/pet hair intrusion) - I'd really love to see an externally-accessible upgrade bracket (removable panel, just slide the SSD in), but don't know if Apple would ever do such a thing.

    Still very happy with my i7, with no regrets - bought it in March, and it's served me very well.
     
  6. VespR macrumors regular

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    It looks like they answered that prayer with the Mac Pro. You can install SSD's in there so I'm guessing they're supplying the right size brackets.

    But what you suggest would be brilliant, sadly all-in-ones aren't meant for tinkerers. Time to break out those suction pads!
     
  7. lasuther thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OWC is selling a 240GB for $630, so getting a 256GB for $750 from Apple doesn't seem so bad. This and the 1GB ATI HD 5750 is what I find most impressive.

    My i5 will hold me over for another year or two. Hopefully I can afford a SSD + HD combo on my next upgrade.
     
  8. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    That is brilliant! Something like this is what would make me upgrade from my 24" iMac from last year! [​IMG]
     
  9. rnb2 macrumors regular

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    I'm guessing they've modified the sleds for the Mac Pro to allow SSDs, or are providing adapters of some sort - the modification on the iMac would be more like a mounting bracket for a 2.5" drive somewhere in the internal structure. I'm guessing that the bracket (and, more importantly, an extra SATA connector) will be present on machines that only ship with the 1TB/2TB drive, but will want to see a teardown to be sure.

    Not that I'm in the market for one - just hopeful for those that are, as I'd hate to have to buy the overpriced (most likely Samsung) SSD option from Apple.
     
  10. davidw macrumors member

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    I think I'm going to save up a bit and get me one of these with 2 TB of extra storage for media.

    This looks like it might finally be worth it to blow $3500.
     
  11. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    The option got me thinking also. Picking up a 60 GB might not be too bad. Not sure it would be worth it though. I usually keep my Mac asleep and common apps running.

    It will be interesting to see how an upgrade would look.

    I wonder if you could add a 2.5-inch HDD in there? That would be cool.
     

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