Best value ssd for late 2006 iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by smit, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. smit macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    My late 2006 iMac (2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3GB ram, OSX Lion) has been great to me but getting a little slow. When my 2012 iMac comes I plan to put an ssd in the 2006 iMac instead of tossing it to help speed it up so I can still use it for basic stuff (email, Word). I won't be installing any additional software and will not store any data on it so I'm looking for the lowest capacity drive that will run OSX.

    Any thoughts on what the best value ssd? I was looking at the crucial v4 64GB SATA 3Gb/s for 69.99. Is there anything cheaper that will give be a boost? Is there any reason to buy a better drive?

    Thanks for any input
  2. rpramanik macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2008
    San Francisco, USA
    I'd also like to know

    I was going to sell mine but bring up a interesting idea...
  3. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    I have the same 2006 iMac.

    The SATA port is pretty slow on these machines (from System Information):
    Intel ICH7-M AHCI:
      Vendor:                 Intel
      Product:                ICH7-M AHCI
      Link Speed:             1.5 Gigabit
      Negotiated Link Speed:  1.5 Gigabit
      Description:            AHCI Version 1.10 Supported
    So the SSD won't run at its full speed. Don't bother getting an even faster SSD.

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