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Model A1419 / EMC 2806 / Late 2014 or Mid 2015. 3.3 or 3.5 GHz Core i5 or 4.0 GHz Core i7 (ID iMac15,1); EMC 2834 late 2015 / 3.3 or 3.5 GHz Core i5 or 4.0 GHz Core i7 (iMac17,1) All with Retina 5K displays

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SATA to M2 cable


Ive been told that instead of replacing the PCIe SSD on motherboard ( which is super expensive .. > 1100 USD from apple) i could just use SATA to M2 conversion cable in order to use the new samsung NVD M2 SSD

also if it will work will it be faster than the apple PCIe SSD?

I realize that another option is a bootable external hardrive with the thunderbolt connection but that spoils what i like about apple ergonomics

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Thx Dan

11 out of 10 man

i think ill keep watching this space as regards to 3 rd party suppliers and price

not spending over 1100 USD even though im itching to do it

last comment / question ... on some forums its been mentioned and ? successfully tried to put macbook / mbp blade/pcie SSD into a mac ( similar year/2015)

do you know it they are interchangeable?


Sorry, I've not done it on the newer PCIe NVMe models.


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The new iMac 5k has two drive connections a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) for a traditional patter drive (HDD) as well as a custom PCIe x4 blade SSD connection.

Using a M.2 to SATA adapter won't help you here and a M.2 to Apple's custom connection still won't help you either.

Unlike the older models the PCIe NVMe interface driver Apple has only supports their SSD. I strongly recommend getting the SSD model (Apple PCIe) with as large an SSD as you can afford, then add in your own SATA drive if you want an internal deep storage option.

Frankly, while I understand your desire to have a unitized system (everything internally) Apple's design makes it hard to do that as they are using custom parts which is why using an external RAID'ed HD system makes a lot of sense once you get the SSD model. Then after the warranty period is over then think about adding the drive internally. Don't forget opening the new 'Thin Series' systems are a bear and if you don't use the correct tools and follow the IFIXIT guides to the letter you can damage the display which would be a very expensive Opps!

Lastly, don't forget Apple's SSD is the fastest out there! Apples custom design even beats Samsung's PCIe NVMe drive even though Samsung makes Apple's SSD drive! So you would be going backwards here in performance!

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