External SSD

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

  1. me43 macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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