Early 2008 iMac SATA Speeds

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tarjas, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Tarjas macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2008 iMac 2.8 C2D that I hit the final possible upgrade on- picked up a Intel 330 120GB SSD for $90 after rebate. Pulled the 1TB drive out and put it in a external FW800 box.

    Cloned/etc and system seems to run fine, snappy, not quite as dramatic as my first SSD experience was (2010 MBA) but fasts non-the-less.

    Benchmarks, however, were not where I expected them for a SATAII drive, max through-put was right around what I saw with the 1TB seagate. Checked out the system profile, turns out the SATA port speed is negotiated at SATAI vice SATAII speeds. Drive is SATAIII.

    Did the forum/internet searches and seems this is not uncommon. Could get a new SSD and install in hopes of connecting at SATAII or just live with it, my guess is that most of the SSD benefit is IOPS/seek time based and that I rarely saturate the SATAI port with normal use...

    Anyone been in the same boat? Thanks!
     
  2. philipma1957, Jun 30, 2012
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  3. Tarjas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks- this computer is used as the family machine (photos/email/web browsing), nothing it does even pushes the C2D behind its capabilities.. (it routinely has sling player running, FFV decoding a video for air video while surfing the web and playing music). Best bet will be to hang onto the 330 and put it into a TB enclosure when I get a new iMac or Mini next year or so... I have my 2011 MBA when I need more power..
     

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