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Model A1419 / Late 2013 / 3.2 & 3.4 GHz Core i5 or 3.5 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac14,2

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Can I upgrade my late 2013 iMac to Samsung 970 PRO SSD M.2?

I already have a 3TB Fusion drive. But I want to upgrade to a M.2 SSD. Is this possible?

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No. The Samsung 970 PRO SSD is a PCIe SSD; your iMac doesn’t have that interface.

You can get a SATA SSD such as the Samsung 860 EVO, plus a 2.5”-to-3.5” drive adapter to allow it to properly fit in the space currently occupied by your Fusion drive.

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Thank you. I needed to be sure before i did anything.

I knew that I could get SATA SSD, but PCIe SSD is a lot faster.


Sorry Steve but i think you are wrong. Check out this teardown iMac Intel 27" EMC 2639 Teardown and you will see that the 27 Inch late 2013 features support for PCIe-based flash storage.


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Not that simple! First you'll need to break the Fusion Drive set How to split up a Fusion Drive first!

As for upgrading your current Blade SSD, yes you can do that but I wouldn’t recommend setting up a Fusion Drive set again as a larger SSD is better running in a dual drive config straight up. Review this great guide on the different custom Apple SSD’s The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Proprietary SSDs

I would recommend getting a 500 GB or 1 TB blade SSD set it up as your boot drive with your applications and use your current HDD as your data drive holding your stuff.

Switching out the HDD for a SSD while doable won’t give you the best performance.

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The 27” iMac Late 2013 can use PCIe drive. *This model has a SATA III (6 Gb/s) connector for a 3.5" hard drive

  • as well as a proprietary PCIe connector for an SSD. If the SSD is not installed at the time of purchase, the connector still is present and later professional or self-installation is possible.

So yes. It can be done.

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I have iMac late 2013, 27 inch, with only 1 TB HDD.

My question: Does it have a PCIe connector to install an additional NVMe flash drive?

I read on the internet that the model bought with HDD only does not have PCIe connector to install Flash drive, it only a track of solder for socket, but the socket itself is removed.

But I'm not sure if this also applies to iMac 2013, 27 inch. I understand from your comment that all iMac 2013, 27 inch have the PCIe flash connector (socket), whether bought with HDD only or with Fusion or SSD drive, is this correct?

Thank you.


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