ssd, $600 option

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cypress822, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. cypress822 macrumors regular

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    Was pricing out new 2011 iMac on apple.com...one really has to ask if $600 for only 250gb ssd is worth it.
    If the refresh iMac has standard ssd...cant imagine the 2012 iMac prices are not going to take at least a modest bump up in price.
     
  2. Nandifix macrumors 6502

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    That's apple pricing. A 256gb ssd can be bought for £120 now.
     
  3. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    They are no way going to make SSD standard with an iMac refresh.
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  5. Zarkizon macrumors member

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    Yeah, it's not worth the money to BTO a Mac with an SSD from Apple. I got a third party 256 GB SSD and it was just $200.
     
  6. cypress822 thread starter macrumors regular

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    zarkizon,
    did you install it yourself?
    is there such a thing as external ssd?
     
  7. Mister Bumbo macrumors 6502

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    There are external SSD's yes, but to benefit from them you need to use Thunderbolt so that the transfer-method (cable) isn't a bottleneck, there's external TB SSD's, and there's also a SATA-Thunderbolt-adapter. Not sure if USB 3 would be valid, haven't checked yet.

    So what you can do is either buy an external SSD, or an internal SSD that you put into a SATA-Thunderbolt adapter, in which case you also need a thunderbolt cable.

    The problem with external SSD's is that they're overly expensive per amount of storage, compared to internal ones, also - some of them require external power input. The problem with internal with adapter is compability issues. A problem also with all external boot drives is that there can be slight problems with waking up the computer from sleep etc, since the computer might not power them at all times (if no external power source).
     
  8. philipma1957, Jun 24, 2012
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    HERE ARE 2 threads on external ssds



    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1317577

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1280118


    I currently use 2 little big disks. with 3 samsung 256gb ssd in a raid0 as a 768gb boot disk.


    the fourth slot is a 256gb ssd as a work drive. I also use the internal hdd as my back for the external raid0 768gb boot drive.


    You are correct that they are costly. but the internal option in an iMac is 600 for 256gb. the option of a lacie little big disk with 2x 512gb crucial m4's as a 1024gb raid0 is 1159. 4x the room at less them 2x the price.

    and 2 500gb hdds tossed in after the mod.


    to cypress822 all my prices are usa based. also are screen shots of my osx raid0
     

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