ssd for new imac 2011

Discussion in 'iMac' started by oosk2k8, May 31, 2011.

  1. oosk2k8 macrumors member

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    hello

    does anyone know if a pci-express ssd can be fitted into the new imac, rather than a sata ssd?

    cheers

    anoush
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    There is no empty PCIe slot in the iMac, so no.
     
  3. oosk2k8 thread starter macrumors member

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    oh ok fair enough.

    does the hsdl (high speed data link) ssd connect through sata?

    if not then i'll have to settle for a regular ssd :p

    cheers!

    anoush
     
  4. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

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    Some of the sata 3 drives run at the same speed as comparable ($) pcie ssd cards. This is also the first gen sata 3 drives so there's no telling if they'll get any faster like the sata 2 drives did the last two years. There's also software raid for them as well. A few guys in here were showing their read/write speeds in here on the 2009/2010 models.
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    "settle"?

    exactly how does one "settle" on a 600 MB/s SATA connection and SSD drives that will go over 500 MB/s?

    Please enlighten us as to why you would need something faster?
     
  6. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    I could definitely settle for that. :D
     
  7. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

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    Thunderbolt is basically a 4-lane PCI-E breakout.
    Thunderbolt enclosures, once they exist (< 60 days), will meet your needs.

    However, keep in mind, the limit is always going to be SATA unless you're going down the FusionIO route. As someone who does deal with racks of SSDs in SANs (mostly EMC Clariion) and FusionIO at some customer sites, I can safely say that Thunderbolt will do everything you ever need.

    And if it doesn't, there are Thunderbolt-FCAL HBAs coming, so whatever, connect to an actual SAN.
     

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