External SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by me43, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. me43 macrumors member

    May 11, 2011
    If I was to connect an ssd to my imac with a wire would it still be as fast as if I got it built in?
  2. archangel37 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2005
    As most people will likely end up telling you, it depends on what type of external connection you will be using.

    USB2, Firewire 400/800 will all be slower than internal SSD drives.
    External SATA ports will be close (if a hair slower) than internal SSD drives.
    Thunderbolt ports (when drive enclosures are available) should be as fast as internal SSD drives (Thunderbolt is actually faster than a single SSD drive).
  3. Scarrus macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    Just wanted to add that if it isn't over E-SATA or Thunderbolt, it's not worth it.

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