iMac Fusion Drive Or SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Keenanryan, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Keenanryan macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2015
    Going to get 2019 iMac and can’t decide if I should get a Fusion Drive it SSD ?
  2. macj3 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2010
    east coast, USA
    same here. If getting an SSD should it be a small 256 or 512 and store photos etc on an external? or bite the giant bullet and go for a 1TB SSD. How would the external feel in normal photo editing or everyday use?.Would it be better to upgrade the ram to 16gb?
  3. Mongus macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006
    New York
    I am also wondering this. the 2TB and 3TB Fusion drive have 128GB SSD partitions so I am thinking this might be ok but just not sure if I should do that or get the 512 SSD?
  4. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley

    There are hundreds of threads on this subject. Good idea to read some of them.
  5. Dutch60 macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2019
    Do you want (a lot of) internal storage...or (more) speed together with external storage? I'm on iMac 2013 3Tb Fusion Drive now.
  6. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Go SSD. The day of Fusion and Hybrids are gone.
  7. AlaskaMoose macrumors 68000

    Apr 26, 2008
    If you are going with SSD, get a 1TB one. I bought an iMac with a 2TB Fusion drive, because Apple wants two much for even a 1TB SSD, and I need at least 2TB of space on the internal drive. What I will do when the warranty is over is to replace the Fusion drive with a 2TB SSD. But for now the Fusion drive is fine with me. I did the same with my 2011 iMac's 2TB HD (replaced with a 1TB SSD for a little over $100.00). Still using it for photo editing.
  8. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
  9. codernova macrumors member


    May 13, 2019
    Minimums: 21.5" for light use, get a 256SSD. 27" get a 512SSD unless you know you need more, then get more if you can afford it, or more later externally if that isn't a problem for you technically or you don't mind a little more effort in managing data.
  10. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Always go for the SSD. Its faster. The Fusion drive was a good idea years ago but its time is done. An SSD makes the iMac lightning fast.
  11. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    As someone said, it depends what you want to do with it.

    In general, 256GB should be OK if you just want system/apps and selected, commonly-used files on the SSD - which is where most of the benefit comes from. More than enough for 'office productivity' use or browsing, even if you install a few bulky apps such as XCode, Logic etc. then you should still have about half of the space free for your 'work in progress'. I'd go for 512GB or more if you (e.g.) want to run multiple Virtual Machines or are doing video work - but serious video work is soon going to eat even 3TB of space so you'd probably want to work off fast TB3/USB3 external drives anyway.

    With a sealed machine such as an iMac (where the drive goes with the machine if it has to go in for repair) I think there's a good argument for keeping image/music/video and most of your documents on an external or NAS (where they can be shared by other devices whether or not your iMac is on) anyway. Indulging in a 1TB SSD (guilty) and keeping everything in one place is convenient but not necessarily best practice.
  12. Benz63amg macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2010
    Cheap out? 512Gb of internal storage is equivalent to being cheap when compared to 2TB of internal storage that a Fusion drive brings, not the other way around. It’s thanks to people like you spreading false information about Fusion drives being bad etc without having any sense of what it’s like to use an iMac equipped with one.
  13. aman88 macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2019
    I got the 512 gb SSD and love it... I have a regular external 1 gb drive for back up purposes.
  14. Zen_Arcade macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2019
    @mikehalloran said it well.

    It depends on how you use it. If you need a lot of storage, go with the fusion drive. If speed is more important than storage (and money), get the SSD.

    I bought a i9 with the 2 tb fusion drive because I have a large iTunes library and a lot of photos and videos, and prefer to keep them on my main computer. Other people may use external storage, whether physical or cloud; I prefer not to. The importance of the speed difference is personal - I think the fusion drive is fine.

    Apple's prices for SSD storage are, quite frankly, absurd. It would make more sense to buy an iMac with a fusion drive and then upgrade the drive with a SSD on your own.
  15. Coconutcreampie macrumors member


    Aug 31, 2016
    NY America
    I would spring for the 1TB if I were you. 1TB is the sweet spot size. Better for resale value too. My late 2012 iMac has a 1TB SSD and an 8TB HDD.

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