iMac w/ SSD, is it worth the money?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iwannaimac, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. iwannaimac macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2012
    I am thinking of buying an iMac but was wondering why SSD prices are soo high. Would i feel the benefit of SSD if most of my graphics work is stored on an external hard drive?
  2. rogo43 macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2012
    New York

    well if your storing all your graphics work on an external drive, you will still feel somewhat of a difference when using the iMac, however you wont feel the difference as often as someone whos doing editing right on their mac like me.

    Otherwise the SSD in the iMac was the best decision i made, along with 12 gb of Ram. SUPER FAST. however i didnt do it through, i just bought a new 512SSD from New Egg
  3. iwannaimac thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2012
  4. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Yes, read

    for more details, particularly on optimising a system for photoshop, etc.

    Get a third party SSD, and external storage of either USB 3, thunderbolt, or esata nature and you'll notice.

    Samsung 830 ssd for the boot disc, under 160 dollars
  5. thestickman macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    I use my iMac primarily as a music studio so installing a ssd was a great upgrade. Well worth the $$$ & time to install it.
  6. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    My only experience with an SSD so far is my MacBook Air. The speed-up in boot and launch times and overall usability is great, and I can't imagine being without it. I'm planning on getting the highest capacity SSD available in my next iMac, hopefully this week.
  7. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Had a SSD installed in my 27" imac, personally felt the benefits, though welcome, were overrated for most part. I am probably not speed sensitive to appreciate the split second faster my apps launch. :p And since your imac will just be sitting there all day, that's half the benefits of flash storage nullified already.

    Not sure how beneficial they are for graphics work though.
  8. iwannaimac thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2012
    Thanks , the only thing putting me of ssd is the price for such small storage space
  9. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    The point isn't the storage space, its the increased performance on launching and running applications, and read/write speeds.

    SSDs are beneficial for graphics work, as is maxing out your RAM. Do both and you will absolutely see differences.

    Is a SSD worth the money? As storage space, no. From Apple as a from the factory option, no. For a sub-256 gig boot drive, bought from a 3rd party, absolutely yes.

    You should run a lightweight system off the ssd, and your media on a separate disk. The faster the connection to this other disk, the better (i.e. Sata3, thunderbolt, USB 3.0, eSata, firewire 800). I think in addition to the increased read/writes to the system drive, the apps r/w to the external should be faster as well, though I'm not sure about benchmarks. or Macperformanceguide for examples of benchmarks with different variables.
  10. ThatGreekMacGuy macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2012
    Sparta, Greece
    Well, I really want to replace my HDD and put an SSD instead. However, from what I've seen so far (YouTube); the whole process of putting an SSD is a pain in the ass and I'm so afraid I will **** up or something. Are you a professional or just took the risk while reading how-to instructions? Do you know any easy methods that might help me do it just like you? Last but not least, do you know any places where professional can do the job for me? I know I ask many things, but I just want to figure out the safest and easiest way to do it. Thanks in advance mate!
  11. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    It should be worth the money on the model coming up. On the 2011 model it was a total ripoff.
  12. zoffdino macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2009
    Absolutely, but don't get the drive from Apple. If you are not technically inclined, you can bring the computer to any Mac repair shop and ask them to do the installation for you. Four to six times the speed of HDD for $1/GB? Sign me up.
  13. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, don't do it, find an Apple Certified tech (independent, not at Apple) to do it.

    However, I don't think its that hard, just get the right tools, reference materials, and work slowly and carefully. Be ready to clean the glass and LCD for reassembly, look at the guides and videos on youtube. They have a cute girl who demonstrates the techniques.

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