2TB Fusion Drive or 512GB SSD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tomdwan, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. tomdwan, Oct 20, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2015

    tomdwan macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2015
    Hey guys,
    sorry for yet another Fusion vs SSD thread.

    I am about to buy a 27" iMac Retina.
    Not quite sure which option to take.
    I am a regular user (MS Office, 30+ tabs of Chrome, Netflix, Spotify, iTunes, occasional iMovie).
    So compared to many users here I am by no means a power user, but the stuff that I do do, I want to do as fast and efficiently as possible.

    I am aware of the general pros and cons of fusion vs SSD, but would be grateful for advice especially regarding 2TB Fusion vs 512 SSD (money not the deciding factor here). How much better is the pure SSD and in which moments/activities will i notice it the most? How much better is the pure SSD compared to the SSD part of the Fusion?

  2. Winfield macrumors newbie


    Aug 17, 2015
    Regarding how you use it, I think you can hardly feel the difference between SSD and Fusion Drive.
    But if money is not a problem, get the 1 TB SSD. That's definitely the best option.
  3. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    What's your current drive and how much of it have you used?
  4. tomdwan thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2015
    I currently have a MacBook Pro with 256 GB SSD which is almost full
  5. tomdwan thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2015
    thanks for your answer. well 1 TB SSD is too crazy expensive, I just meant that I am willing to pay the premium of the 512 SSD compared to the 2TB fusion.
  6. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    Go for the 512gb flash. You'll never wait for anything. Ever.
  7. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
    I would get the 512 and expanding with a external enclosure down the road when you need more space.
  8. tomdwan thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2015
    great, thanks for your advice
  9. tomdwan thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2015
    great, thanks for your advice
  10. ravinder08 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    I'm in the same boat and after reading and asking questions here I've gone for the 512GB SSD External HDDs are cheap. So it's easy to add more storage and USB 3's are fast. The 512GB SSD will Defo give the best bang for buck
  11. tomdwan thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2015
    thanks for all of your answers, they were super helpful.
    I went with the 512 SSD in the end, figuring that I want the highest performing computer and that i can worry about additional storage later.
  12. dud3tt3 macrumors newbie


    Oct 22, 2015
    I had the same dilemma and ended up going with the 512SSD over the 2TB fusion. I'm sure i won't be sorry for that choice. external storage is so cheap now too.
  13. jmikhail490 macrumors regular


    Jul 7, 2015
    Northern NJ
    Same here. Went with the 512SSD and couldn't be happier. Good luck and Enjoy it!!
  14. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2012
    Somewhere In Time
    512 SSD with additional storage here, too. No regrets.
  15. mpe, Oct 24, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2015

    mpe macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    If you are thinking about maxing capacity then the Fusion drive will give you most options.

    You can defuse it, use the 128GB part as fast storage for system and data and install a cheap 1TB SATA SSD drive or even 2TB instead of internal hard drive. Then you can have 1TB+ of SSD with fraction of the cost compared to Apple.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I like the 512 GB SSD, I'd avoid the 1TB Fusion drive like the plague. Apple shrunk the flash portion of the drive to 24GB so basically your data will sitting on the 5400 rpm drive.

    If you need storage, get the 2TB flash or the 512 GB SSD.
  17. looking4anotebo macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    I think it's only a tough choice because I wonder how much it will affect the resale value of the computer. From a cost perspective, it makes little if any sense as you will be able to find 512GB ssd's for around $100 on Black Friday. I just bought a 1TB ssd for under $300.
  18. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    From what I hear the iMac is pretty much sealed and its difficult (though no impossible) to open up and upgrade. I agree the cost of 512GB SSDs are much cheaper then what Apple charges but by the same token there is a risk factor in trying to do the work yourself.
  19. looking4anotebo macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007

    I was talking about external storage, it wouldn't be hard to throw an SSD in an external closure. I wasn't talking about self upgrade.
  20. twilexia macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2015
    I struggled for days about this decision, 512gb ssd vs 3tb fusion. In the end I decided to go with the 1TB SSD.

    If I went with the 512GB SSD I'd always think to myself, damn, I wish I had more space.

    If I went with the 3TB Fusion I'd always think to myself, damn, some things aren't as fast as they could be.

    but with the 1TB SSD I don't think I'll have to worry about space or speed for a long time.

    It's the most expensive option, but I don't think I will regret it. Another reason I decided to spring for the upgrade is because external SSDs won't be able to match the PCI-e transfer rates of the internal SSD at least for the next 2-3 years unless you paid something ridiculous like 1500 for a RAID Thunderbolt SSD setup.
  21. Brewing macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2014
    I too was leaning towards the 512 ssd. Then I started thinking about the 2 tb fusion. I was thinking about resale as mentioned, ease of use, and the fact that I could buy today without waiting for a BTO. But then I realized if I installed Windows on bootcamp it would not go on the ssd portion. Guess I will go with the 512 ssd. Sure wish the 1tb option wasn't so expensive.
  22. Redface macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2015
    Is the any info whether the 27" 2 TB fusion drive has a 5400 or 7200 hdd? From what I read some people THINK it's 7200 but no one actually checked.
  23. AlexGraphicD macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2015
    New York
    Since apple charges so much money for ssd , would it be better buying an imac with 1TB hdd and later replace it with an SSD once the warranty expires? Is the total cost of buying an SSD and paying a technician to replace it for you the same as if you had bought it from apple from the get go?
  24. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    I use either an external NAS or cloud, but even my 3 Y/O rMBP with 128GB has more 60% free.
    I dont want data local on a device. 256GB SSD would be my "choice".
  25. crouchingtiger macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2004
    For me the 2 TB Fusion Drive is the clear choice. That is because it has now been documented that if you order only SSD, you lose the ability to connect an internal SATA hard drive. Likewise, if you order a spinning drive only, you lose the connector for the internal SSD. The 2 TB Fusion drive is plenty fast for me. In time, I will upgrade both parts of the Fusion Drive on my own when third party options become available. (I am quite comfortable working on the insides of iMacs).

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