G3 iMac SSD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Dannyshing27, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Dannyshing27 macrumors regular

    Dannyshing27

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    I was just wondering if anyone had any insight if an external SSD to firewire 400 (SSD saturated) would make for a faster boot drive in a G3 iMac 500 (DV) than being installed internally using a sata to IDE bridge?

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    FireWire 400 maxed out at about 38 megabytes a second. The iMac's internal ATA/33 bus maxed out at about 31 megabytes. But the internal bus has lower latency and is better able to work with a high volume of commands. Where as the FireWire controller can get bogged down quickly.
     
  3. Dannyshing27 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the response

    I will give both sides a good test this evening

    On another note are a few averaged runs of xbench still a good indicator of HDD speed?

    kind regards:)
     
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