No way to get 3.0 if your iMac currently only has 2.0...the only Mac that will have the ability to upgrade is the Pro
Anyone tell me what the thoughtput is for USB 2.0 cable?
Debating on SSD external.
Im just surprised apple hasen't put an eSATA port on the new iMacs.
I have an eSATA port on my hackintosh and I'm not all that impressed with it. Hard drive performance in only about 10% faster (but I'm sure an external SSD would benefit) than FW800 in my benchmarks. My eSATA drives are a hassle to deal with because you have to plug in both a power cable and a data cable (2.5" FW drives are powered from the bus), it's only useful for disc drives (and not video cameras), and eSATA cannot be daisy chained (unlike FW). eSATA cables are also a pain in the @$$ to orient because they don't have conspicuously asymmetrical plugs. FW is much more flexible.
That may be but I still think Mac users should have the choice of being able to use it.
Hopefully soon someone will come up with USB 3 drivers for Mac. I am not buying an iMac this time round as whats the point of having all that processor power when any useful drive speed is limited to the internal hdd. FW800 aint gonna cut it really and only one port I have purchased a MacBook Pro 17 instead and am eagerly awaiting USB 3 support so I can use a USB 3 expresscard. Until then I'll do ok with my esata expresscard and 100mb sec write speeds. It is so unfortunate that Apple keeps features from Mac users that are common place in PC land. No esata No USB 3 No blu-ray is only a big bag of hurt for Mac users... If things keep up like this, this will be my last Mac. Give us a few fast data connection ports and a F'in BR optical drive U bastards........
It would be interesting to know if their iMac logic board's controller can have that many SATA connections. I had assumed it only had two (internal HD and DVD drive), but now it must have at least three (for the SSD). I don't know how Apple thinks sometimes, which is why I have two hackintoshes.
USB 3.0 isn't standard in PC mobos yet so I wouldn't be too disappointed. All it means is that Apple is following trends not setting them. The problem is that you'll have to buy an entirely new computer when USB 3.0 becomes mainstream as opposed to inserting a card into a PC mobo.
EDIT: Im just surprised apple hasen't put an eSATA port on the new iMacs.