iMac 2019 vs SSD upgrade

Dutch60

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In my first post a couple of hours ago, I introduced myself and said, I would probably buy the new iMac 2019 (now working on a late 2013 iMac / i7/32GbRAM/3Tb Fusion Drive).
What if I would change the Fusion Drive for a 2 or 4 Tb Samsung 860 EVO SSD? Maybe another SSD?
What SSD is the iMac 2019 using?
I know I still would have the same screen ofcourse and probably the same 32Gb RAM (max for 2013 model).
What do you think of this idea?
All advice is welcome!
 
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cynics

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Depends on how heavily MacOS is utilizing the SSD portion of the fusion drive. On my 2013 I went from an HDD to an SSD (Samsung Evo 860) and the difference was night and day.

Your workload is a factor too. I do a lot of video transcoding and the 2013 Haswell (I5 for me) is showing its age. So while things are opening and closing super fast task that require a lot of computational power drag on. If I transcode a 10 bit 4k 60hz HDR video at the best settings Handbrake has to offer it takes an hour per MINUTE of video. Now that isn't a realistic task for me to do however there is clearly a lot of room for improvement, namely h265 hardware encoding with newer CPUs.
 

Dutch60

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Thank you cynics. I don't do video at all (yet). Photography mostly (but then with hundreds of large files/layers/etc.). DXO Photolab 2 / Affinity Photo / etc.
 

nemoryoliver

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In my first post a couple of hours ago, I introduced myself and said, I would probably buy the new iMac 2019 (now working on a late 2013 iMac / i7/32GbRAM/3Tb Fusion Drive).
What if I would change the Fusion Drive for a 2 or 4 Tb Samsung 860 EVO SSD? Maybe another SSD?
What SSD is the iMac 2019 using?
I know I still would have the same screen ofcourse and probably the same 32Gb RAM (max for 2013 model).
What do you think of this idea?
All advice is welcome!
Hi Dutch60! I'm curious. Which SSD Upgrade you did to your 2019 iMac?
 

Fishrrman

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If you're going to buy a new 2019 iMac, and you want an SSD in it,
ORDER IT WITH THE SSD PRE-INSTALLED FROM APPLE (shouting intentional).

It makes no sense to try to do this yourself on a brand-new iMac.
You'll immediately VOID the warranty and you could break something inside.

If it's a 27" that you're buying, get 8gb of RAM and NO MORE THAN THAT.
The 27" has the little "door on the back" that makes it easy to add RAM yourself.
MUCH CHEAPER that way.
 

nemoryoliver

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Apr 9, 2013
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If you're going to buy a new 2019 iMac, and you want an SSD in it,
ORDER IT WITH THE SSD PRE-INSTALLED FROM APPLE (shouting intentional).

It makes no sense to try to do this yourself on a brand-new iMac.
You'll immediately VOID the warranty and you could break something inside.

If it's a 27" that you're buying, get 8gb of RAM and NO MORE THAN THAT.
The 27" has the little "door on the back" that makes it easy to add RAM yourself.
MUCH CHEAPER that way.
I wish I could turn back time. I'm from the Philippines and once you order here from an Apple Reseller you cannot return it anymore once you made the deal. And there's no Apple Store here. And I have to wait 1.5 months for it to arrive. So my only option now is to upgrade the SSD myself. I've also ordered the extra RAM which is very nice.
 

Dutch60

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Today I received my new iMac!
27”
i9 processor (8core)
2Tb SSD
Radeon Pro Vega 48
64Gb RAM (ordered with 8gb and placed 64Gb OWC ram myself)
 
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