“We have answers to the question, ‘What drive should I order for my ‘late 2012’ iMac 27-inch?'” Rob Morgan reports for Bare Feats. “Since the 27-inch uses 3.5-inch HDDs, the drive choices and drive performance will be different from the 21.5-inch iMac which uses 2.5-inch HDDs.”

“With the help of remote mad scientists, we were able to get test results on four of the five permutations available to 27-inch iMac buyers,” Morgan reports. “The SSD is the fastest choice, obviously, if you are willing to cough up $1300. Also, it won’t slow down in certain situations that affect the Fusion Drive’s performance.”

Morgan reports, “The $250 for the 1TB Fusion Drive is much easier to swallow. And for most users, it will provide plenty of speed — especially in comparison to the HDD options.”

Much more – including all of the benchmark results, of course – in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last April:

On the rare occasion that we use a non-SSD Mac, the experience is jarring, as we’ve become used to the speed of the SSDs in our MacBook Airs and iMacs. It’s a huge difference. Once you go SSD, you won’t go back.

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