Possible to add PCIe based SSD to base iMac retina?

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  1. rainking macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to add PCIe based SSD to base iMac retina?
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Theoretically, yes.

    Realistically, no. Anything outside of changing RAM will void the computer's warranty.
     
  3. rainking thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea, I know that. Just was wondering if the slots are there for the PCIe blade SSD. In 3 years when applecare runs out, I have no issues splitting this sucker open and installing one if I can. Just thinking about upgradability.
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    And note the parts iFixit refers you to are Apple parts. So yeah, depending on your skill you can probably replace the flash. But there doesn't seem to be much (anything?) available from anyone but Apple to replace it. And given the cost, seems like a bad bargain to pass on the upgrade when you buy the machine in hopes of adding it later.

    And in the real world the utility of doing an internal flash swap over external solutions seems rather minimal.
     
  5. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Internal flash drives on the iMac retina run at about 1.8 times the speed of external thunderbolt SATA3 SSDs. Being able to replace the Apple flash with a 3rd-party unit of larger capacity down the track would be a bonus no?
     
  6. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    The iMac Retina comes with a PCIe SSD stock - in the form of the "Fusion Drive" - a small SSD [/i]plus[/i] a spinning hard drive. You can upgrade to a larger Fusion Drive (which increases the size of the spinning hard drive,) or upgrade to flash-only storage (which removes the spinning hard drive and increases the size of the SSD.)

    Either way, it has a PCIe SSD in it, which could theoretically be upgraded later.
     
  7. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Agreed, which is why I am currently using a Thunderbolt-connected SSD with my Late 2013 iMac and am hoping that once my AppleCare expires in two years time there will be either third party PCIe SSD options or Apple's own parts will be more readily available (and cheaper).
     
  8. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    But they run at half the speed of external Thunderbolt 2 SSD RAID arrays. LaCie LBD2...
     

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