PCIe SSD adapter compatibility with Mid-2017 iMac 27"
- Do we know if the "slot" for the PCIe "Blade" SSD exists on iMac configurations purchased without "Fusion Drive"?
- Do we know what type of PCIe SSD is compatible with this iMac, i.e. Samsung, OtherWorld, etc.?
- Do we know if there is an aftermarket adapter that allows us to add our own PCIe SSD to that slot?
If we order the 2TB SSD is that a "Blade" SSD, or is it a 2.5 Drive where the HDD would be?
Amazon Pricing Today:
- Samsung 960 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6P1T0BW) $579.99
- Samsung 960 PRO Series - 2TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6P2T0BW) $1,208.99
Apple's Pricing Today:
- 1TB SSD + $540.00
- 2TB SSD + $1,260.00
Apple looks fairly competitive.
Not sure who makes their "Blade" PCIe SSD, or how it compares to the Samsung 960 PRO... Does anyone know?
We always look for the best value for our dollar, but it looks like we are being painted into a corner by Apple.
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Take a look at this vid: 2017 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display Unboxing and Teardown if you jump the 10:00 time point you can see the custom Samsung SSD the drive Apple is using (note the Samsung logo on the big chip). This is very different design from the Samsung M.2 SSD's (note the larger width)
I wouldn't say Apple is painting anyone into the corner, its just that are pushing the envelope of performance with their SSD drive designs. Apple has been on the cutting edge here, most of the others are still a good year behind in performance.
I'm sure Samsung is either only suppling this drive to Apple or Apple has contracted some of the chips to Samsung and is making their own SSD unlike the older models which they contracted a few companies to make the complete custom drive.