iMac 27 ssd PCIe or not?

Juliovalverde

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I am planning to buy a 27" 5k iMac but I was wondering...

If I go with the BTO configuration and I get Fusion drive, I will get 1Tb 7200rpm Hard drive and an SSD in the PCIe slot, right?

So what if I choose 256gb of SSD instead of?

Will I get the SSD in the PCIe slot or will I get it in the 2.5 hard drive slot?

Thanks in advance.
 

Cape Dave

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Yes, it definitely is in the PCIe slot. 512GB is the sweet spot. Wicked fast. Well worth it. Built in trim as well. Rock on.
 

redheeler

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The SSD is always placed on PCIe (if there is one), HDD is always placed on SATA (if there is one). Doesn't matter the configuration.

The 256 GB SSD is a worthwhile upgrade over the Fusion drive due to speed and reliability, and you can always add an external HDD for more storage.
 

Juliovalverde

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The SSD is always placed on PCIe (if there is one), HDD is always placed on SATA (if there is one). Doesn't matter the configuration.

The 256 GB SSD is a worthwhile upgrade over the Fusion drive due to speed and reliability, and you can always add an external HDD for more storage.
Thanks for your reply, so I will go with the 256gb next week if available (I wish they'll put 512SSD as standard)

So the SATA would be empty? with no many problems to fit a new Hard Drive, or will I have to buy the SATA dock station 3.5 and then de 2.5 adaptor?

Thanks again in advance.
 

Sirmausalot

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I think spending over 2K on a machine only to cheap out on storage space that you can't upgrade later makes no sense. I also think the fusion is a better bet for those on a budget.

Thanks for your reply, so I will go with the 256gb next week if available (I wish they'll put 512SSD as standard)

So the SATA would be empty? with no many problems to fit a new Hard Drive, or will I have to buy the SATA dock station 3.5 and then de 2.5 adaptor?

Thanks again in advance.
 

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I think spending over 2K on a machine only to cheap out on storage space that you can't upgrade later makes no sense. I also think the fusion is a better bet for those on a budget.
I don't agree. Why add heat to an already overly hot design? Why have a HD with moveable parts inside the iMac at all? If you want more storage space, add an external HD. If it breaks, you don't have to pay anyone to fix it…and it will be less likely to break because it won't get as hot as it would inside the iMac.
 
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Sirmausalot

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I think 512GB is a minimum on a machine like this. 256GB ssd is a bad choice. Either step up to the 512 or get a fusion.
 
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Cape Dave

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I don't agree. Why add heat to an already overly hot design? Why have a HD with moveable parts inside the iMac at all? If you want more storage space, add an external HD. If it breaks, you don't have to pay anyone to fix it…and it will be less likely to break because it won't get as hot as it would inside the iMac.
Amen to this. Spinners need to die on the vine. Really.
 
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Buerkletucson

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I don't agree. Why add heat to an already overly hot design? Why have a HD with moveable parts inside the iMac at all? If you want more storage space, add an external HD. If it breaks, you don't have to pay anyone to fix it…and it will be less likely to break because it won't get as hot as it would inside the iMac.
Amen to this. Spinners need to die on the vine. Really.
Got to agree to this...

Get the largest SSD internal you can afford.....cool running, longest life, and fast.
Then get an external SSD or a spinner if you need max space for data.....the external is easily replaced.
 
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