Adding USB 3.0 to 2009 iMac

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

  1. kokes macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2013
    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:

    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

    Oct 14, 2011
    I thought you needed an Ivy Bridge processor or newer for USB 3.0. Or am I misinformed?
  3. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You haven't found any information because it's not possible. iMacs don't have PCIe slots.
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    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

    Jan 18, 2013
    Columbia, SC
  6. wmy5 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY

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

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