Optical drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by davidgnomo, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. davidgnomo macrumors 6502a

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    Any suggestion ? I know there's been quite a lot of threads about what kind of optical drive is better for the new iMac, but nobody can tell me if there's a USB 3.0 or thunderbolt optical drive (CD or BD) and if it's really gonna be better than normal USB 2.0 drives ...
     
  2. auwkeung macrumors member

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    USB 2.0 is more than adequate for optical drives

    The read/write speed of the optical component is the bottle neck, not the I/O
     
  3. seanm9 macrumors regular

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    it will not be faster than usb... data rates on optical drives are slower than what usb2.0 provides... maybe if you had multiple devices on a USB hub saturating the bus, but that is doubtul... for the cost difference between usb2 and usb3.0 drives (and Thunderbolt) you probably wont see any gain...
     

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