Any way to enable Sata3 on 2010 Imac 27 ???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Badstev, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Badstev macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2014
    Hi, i've just fitted an SSD into my iMac and noticed its running at 3gb/s. I'd read about the firmware update for 2011 iMacs that enables Sata3 and as i'd always thought my iMac was a 2011 model I figured i'd install it. Only noticed now that the model number is actually 11,3 which makes it a 2010 model.

    There is a firmware update available for the 27" 2010 model but there is no mention of Sata3. I'm presuming its not there in the update...could anyone confirm this? or suggest a way, if any, where I could enable Sata 3 in my machine.

    Many thanks,

  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
  3. Badstev thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2014
    Ok but I ask because when the 2011 imacs first shipped they were 3gb/s and it was a firmware update that brought them to 6gb/s. You're saying the sata hardware is different between the 2010 and 2011 iMacs right?
  4. cathul macrumors member

    May 5, 2008
    That's correct. The hardware, i.e. chipset in the 2010 iMac doesn't support 6gb/s SATA, whereas in the the 2011 it was just disabled by firmware at first and could be enabled by a firmware upgrade afterwards.

    But if the hardware doesn't support something you cannot enable it with software.
  5. Badstev thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2014

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