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A1418 / EMC 3069 / 2017 / 3.0 GHz quad-core i5, 3.4 GHz quad-core i5 or 3.6 GHz quad-core i7 Processor. Released June 8, 2017.

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Does my iMac has PCI-E slot?

I am using iMac 21.5 4k display 2017 only HDD model not a fusion drive. I want to upgrade my pc storage to ssd. I think nvme ssd is the best choice but someone said only HDD model doesn't have a PCI-E slot. I want to know does my iMac has it.

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Sorry, but your iMac don't have PCI-E:

This model has a Serial ATA (6 Gb/s) connector for a 2.5" hard drive. If configured with a "Fusion" Drive or an SSD at the initial time of system purchase, it also has a PCIe connector, but as first reported by site sponsor OWC, this connector is not present if the system only is configured with a hard drive.

This model has a SATA III (6 Gb/s) connector for a 2.5" hard drive or SSD. If the system is configured with an SSD or a "Fusion Drive" at the time of initial purchase, it also has a dedicated PCIe connection. If it was not configured with an SSD or a "Fusion Drive" initially, the applicable PCIe connector is not present and it is not possible to install a second drive later.


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Thank you for answer. Is installing a 2.5" sata ssd on my iMac the only way?


@pcj0819 I seen somewhere NVMe to SATA reduction (for example -> not sure if it's supported on iMac's.

Maybe some external drive can be solution - SATA SSD are usually about 550/520 read&write speed so if you can find something faster then that. But I will go with SATA SSD unless you really need something faster ?


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