The OEM Apple drives are SATA II (3G). Unless you are doing a lot of work with very large files, such as video editing, you will not likely notice the speed difference in day to day usage.Would it be more wise to use an OWC SSD and install it myself or go with the Apple option for more money without voiding warranty?
Is the Apple SSD a 3G or 6G speed?
You comment implies the Apple OEM drive will lose speed over time, and this is wrong. Apple OEM SSDs support TRIM and will not lose speed over time.First, the OWC SSD will outperform the Apple SSD. Second, the OWC SSD will not lose speed over time. Third, if you are concerned about warranty, with a new machine, OWC has a warranty program that either coincides with Apple's over supercedes it. They have a turnkey program. You ship the machine to them and they do the work. If the machine is new, you can have it direct shipped from Apple to them and they send you the computer when the modifications are done. There are quite a few additional internal options available in addition to an SSD including: an additional hard drive, a second SSD and an eSATA port. Check this out: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac
Since OWC is a US based company, you need to find out how to get service under their warranty if you used the turnkey program. Not to mention the issues of shipping hardware between countries.Thanks for the replies everyone! I did not know about the turnkey program that is awesome!
Hope it is available for Australia
Yep I am trying to figure all that out right now. I think I will have to call up OWC to arrange Apple > OWC - special arrangement shipping to Australia. I won't do anything until the new iMac releases though of courseSince OWC is a US based company, you need to find out how to get service under their warranty if you used the turnkey program. Not to mention the issues of shipping hardware between countries.