does the 2013 iMac use PCI flash

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  1. jondunford macrumors 6502

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    or whatever the new faster flash in the macbook pro and mac pro is called
     
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    does this mean if you BTO to a bigger capacity drive then it will be faster like with the retina pro?
     
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    Possibly, it depends on which size SSD you go to.
     
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    ok

    i asked this on macbook air forums wondering if its same for imac :

    is it worth upgrading 256gb to 1tb if i do not need the capacity, just the speed

    thanks
     
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    As it has been stated elsewhere, I doubt you will notice the speed difference. Are you sure 256GB will be big enough? If not then consider getting a 512GB SSD.

    The biggest speed boost is from the 128GB to 256GB SSDs on the MacBooks and that would be worth it, especially since 128GB is so small.
     
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    There have been some threads that the lower capacity SSDs have actually been slower than the 512GB/1TB options. I think 512GB/1TB is a good option. With Thunderbolt and USB3 an external SSD can be only a few inches away with 50-80% if of the speed on the Apple PCI-Express SSDs at about 50% of the price. I upgraded my iMac 27" to 512GB SSD for about $500. For $600 I can get a Samsung EVO 1TB that will run at 400MB/sec+ in a USB3 enclosure. I have a 4TB RAID 1 array for less worthy media and backups and plan on getting the 1TB SSD as I fill up my 512GB SSD built into my iMac.
     
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    thanks for the responses

    it would be purely for the speed boost, 256gb is definitely enough, I'm a heavy computer user (10 hours a day) and my entire "digital life" (everything on my mac thats not the OS etc) fits on a 16gb memory drive! i have no idea why but not gonna complain ;)
     

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