Adding USB 3.0 to 2009 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kokes, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. kokes macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    Im not sure if anyone has attempted this but i wanted to add usb 3.0 to a 2009+ 27" iMac. I have searched all over the internet and forums and i cant seem to find anything useful.

    Well the way i want to do this is by replacing the wifi card with a usb 3.0 PCIe adaptor like this one via PCIe extension cables:

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-2-Ports-...ers&hash=item3a7f133be2&_uhb=1#ht_2144wt_1111

    im obviously gonna have to remove the mounting brackets then find somewhere to put the card. I am willing to remove the optical drive if need be but i would prefer not. My question for you guys is, is there any room where i can fit this thing? Is there an easier option other then buy a new computer?
     
  2. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    I thought you needed an Ivy Bridge processor or newer for USB 3.0. Or am I misinformed?
     
  3. chrfr macrumors 603

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    You haven't found any information because it's not possible. iMacs don't have PCIe slots.
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    You can only replace the HDD and RAM in iMacs.

    If you're interested in a good read, search for the thread where a guy wants to convert a PPC iMac into an Intel iMac.
     
  5. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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  6. wmy5 macrumors regular

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    iMacs do have a PCIe slots, physically. Of course, they are not real PCIe.
     

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