Mini PCI-e SSD for boot?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by product26, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. product26 macrumors 6502a

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    So... the iMac has a Mini PCI-e slot, occupied by the wireless card that can be used for other purposes such as additional SATA ports.
    see this post.

    This got me thinking. There are mini PCI SSDs. SSD benefits and still 3 more sata ports inside for
    actual storage.

    Anybody know if it's been done yet?

    What about more firewire ports via pci-e?
     
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    AFAIK the mini PCIe slot has a maximum throughput of 50MB/s. A decent SSD is good for 250MB/s+.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    AFAIK Mini PCIe works like normal PCIe x1 so that would mean 250MB/s if it's 1.x and 500MB/s if it's 2.x (I think it's 2.0).
     
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Well, that should work then. I've read about the mini PCIe SATA adapter in another thread and someone mentioned 50MB/s for the port in the '08 Pro.
    Not sure if this applies for the iMac as well.
     
  5. mpe macrumors 6502

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    I don't know how is that in iMac, but some computers, typically laptops have somewhat crippled mini pci-e slot keeping only USB 2.0 connectivity.

    But I would be very interesting to know whether the SSD can be added to my iMac by replacing Airport card.
     

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