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2020 iMac 5K: SSD Speed vs Transfer Size

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MPG tested the 2020 iMac 5K 3.6 GHz Intel Core i9 10-core / 128GB / 2TB / Radeon 5700. Smart move: buy with 8GB memory, then add 64GB or 128GB OWC memory to save a ton on memory cost (same memory as 2019 iMac 5K).

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2020 iMac 5K


Real world speeds through the file system using diglloydTools DiskTester.
disktester run-sequential-suite
--test-size 8G

This test charts the real-world speed for various transfer sizes for both reads and writes, because small I/O sizes are much slower than larger ones.

For example, 32K transfers are highly inefficient vs 1MB transfers—there is a difference of 32X times as many operating system calls to transfer 1MB in 32K chunks as with one call to transfer a 1MB chunk.

Fast small transfers translate to a more responsive system overall, while fast large transfers translate to better throughput for applications processing very large files, or very large numbers of moderate and large files.

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Sustained transfer speed vs transfer size

The 2020 iMac 5K SSD disappoints for small reads—it’s a dog compared to the 2019 iMac 5K. However, its write speed is much superior.

Speed of the 2019 iMac 5K (red/green lines) are not as originally tested for large transfers (test was run twice, with identical results). After nearly 3 years of use, perhaps its SSD has slowed down after all the usage from internal fragmentation and wear-leveling?

2020 iMac 5K vs 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro: Flash Drive (SSD) Speed vs Transfer Size from 32K through 512MB, APFS
2020 iMac 5K
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