Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > iMac

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:08 PM   #1
KekelaNikol
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: May 2007
Is the fusion drive worth the extra $$?

My husband and I are looking to upgrade our old early 2007 Macbook to a new iMac. The thought of the fusion drive sounds nice for the speed, but we are only average users (no gaming, video editing, etc). We mostly use it for web browsing, documents, and occasional photo editing. The cost (since it's not available as an option on the base model?) difference is pretty big, to upgrade to the upper end 21.5" then add the extra $250 for the fusion drive. Is it worth it for just an average user? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
KekelaNikol is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:18 PM   #2
zemzabob
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
For what your doing I would say just stick with the base model.
zemzabob is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:54 PM   #3
iohass
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Canada
Personally, I think I'm in the same boat as you. I don't really intend to do much (if any at all) gaming, and definitely no video editing with perhaps a little photoshop/lightroom work.

I don't think you or I really need the fusion drive, but I think getting it along with the slightly upgraded CPU makes the iMac a little more future-proof and that's why I decided to spend a little more now with hope that I won't need another new computer in a couple years.
iohass is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 01:36 AM   #4
leman
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by KekelaNikol View Post
My husband and I are looking to upgrade our old early 2007 Macbook to a new iMac. The thought of the fusion drive sounds nice for the speed, but we are only average users (no gaming, video editing, etc). We mostly use it for web browsing, documents, and occasional photo editing. The cost (since it's not available as an option on the base model?) difference is pretty big, to upgrade to the upper end 21.5" then add the extra $250 for the fusion drive. Is it worth it for just an average user? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Yes, definitely, the subjective speed up will be dramatic.
leman is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 01:48 AM   #5
throAU
macrumors 68030
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Quote:
Originally Posted by leman View Post
Yes, definitely, the subjective speed up will be dramatic.
This.

Whether or not you can justify the $250 or not is up to you, but for the uses you describe no other upgrade option available at purchase will give you bigger bang for buck than the fusion drive.


i.e., sacrifice CPU upgrades (they'll do very little for your usage) and sacrifice RAM upgrades if you were planning to get those instead, and go for the fusion drive first.

I'm not sure if apple will have an in store demo you can compare with (i.e., a standard machine, and one with Fusion drive side by side), but if you haven't seen the difference in speed, i'd highly recommend seeing it before deciding against it.
__________________
MBP (early 2011) - Core i7 2720 2.2ghz, Hires Glossy, 16GB, Seagate Momentus XT 750GB
Mac Mini (mid 2007) - Core2 Duo 1.8, 2gb, 320gb 7200 rpm
iPhone 4S, iPad 4, iPad Mini, HTC One (eval)
throAU is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:08 AM   #6
tom vilsack
macrumors 65816
 
tom vilsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: ladner cdn
For your needs a older 2006 20" 2.16GHz (core 2 duo,with snow leopard osx) with a couple gb of ram would be more then enough for web browsing and simple photo editing.I'm sure you could find a vnc one on craigs for $300 ish.

-will play 1080p utube np
-gets a geekbench score of about 2700
-clean install of osx snow leopard with default 7200 rpm hd will boot in about 15-20 secs
-safari,firefox,chrome,latest flash all will preform just fine
-for photo editing try opensource "seashore" program...fast (kinda lite photoshop)
http://seashore.sourceforge.net/The_...ect/About.html
tom vilsack is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 04:08 PM   #7
seble
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by tom vilsack View Post
For your needs a older 2006 20" 2.16GHz (core 2 duo,with snow leopard osx) with a couple gb of ram would be more then enough for web browsing and simple photo editing.I'm sure you could find a vnc one on craigs for $300 ish.

-will play 1080p utube np
-gets a geekbench score of about 2700
-clean install of osx snow leopard with default 7200 rpm hd will boot in about 15-20 secs
-safari,firefox,chrome,latest flash all will preform just fine
-for photo editing try opensource "seashore" program...fast (kinda lite photoshop)
http://seashore.sourceforge.net/The_...ect/About.html
Agree with everything but the 1080p. Maybe it was my failing Macbook Pro. But its more powerful spec on Snow Leopard would struggle with 1080p sometimes, 720 on the other hand was fine.
seble is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 04:36 PM   #8
HunterMaximus
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
As others have said, it's far and away the best upgrade you can get, particularly if you're a fairly light user (CPU power is no longer a limiting factor for most typical usage now, but disk speed is).

It really is a shame that Apple doesn't offer it or an SSD option on the low end 21". If it weren't for having to go to the high end model to get it, I'd say get it without question. As it is, it's still worth considering. But you may also want to look into using an external SSD (either Thunderbolt or USB 3) instead. It's not as elegant as the Fusion drive, and you may give up a bit of top end speed (but not a lot), but it will give you the same snappy perceived performance.
HunterMaximus is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 05:16 AM   #9
IGregory
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by KekelaNikol View Post
My husband and I are looking to upgrade our old early 2007 Macbook to a new iMac. The thought of the fusion drive sounds nice for the speed, but we are only average users (no gaming, video editing, etc). We mostly use it for web browsing, documents, and occasional photo editing. The cost (since it's not available as an option on the base model?) difference is pretty big, to upgrade to the upper end 21.5" then add the extra $250 for the fusion drive. Is it worth it for just an average user? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
I'd go with the Fusion Drive. Here's a 3 minute YouTube video where a Mac-Mini is used to demonstrate the speed difference on the 5400 HD vs. 5400 HD with Fusion Drive. My time is valuable. I hate to waste it sitting waiting for pages to load. Ultimately though, you have to decide if the extra $250 is worth it.
__________________
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” ~ Confucius
IGregory is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:23 AM   #10
tuccillo
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by KekelaNikol View Post
My husband and I are looking to upgrade our old early 2007 Macbook to a new iMac. The thought of the fusion drive sounds nice for the speed, but we are only average users (no gaming, video editing, etc). We mostly use it for web browsing, documents, and occasional photo editing. The cost (since it's not available as an option on the base model?) difference is pretty big, to upgrade to the upper end 21.5" then add the extra $250 for the fusion drive. Is it worth it for just an average user? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
I have posted this before: take a look at a refurbed 2011 21.5" from the Apple website for $979 - may need to keep checking until they show up - they appear to be flying off the shelves. If you are OK with a 500 GB harddrive then they are a great value. You can upgrade the memory to 12 GBs for $36. A 2012 21.5" with fusion and upgraded memory is just shy of $2000 (but you do get 1 TB+ if you need the space).
tuccillo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:41 AM   #11
mihai.ile
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
What I would do is take the basic version and then add an external thunderbolt case with SSD and use that as main drive. In the end is cheaper, probably very good performance and a small SSD case is barely noticeable on the desk, not to mention you could put it somehow behind the iMac/attached to the foot.
mihai.ile is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 03:08 PM   #12
Chihawk725
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
I just got my BTO iMac today and am currently using it to post this response. I played around with a new non fusion at the apple store and wow the difference in so called "subjective" speed is mind boggling. Fusion boots up in 15 seconds, unlike the 45 for the HDD, apps opened instantaneously and iPhoto had no problem chugging through images (this was not terribly slow on the in store base model but for $1300 I would feel really cheated with the response I got from the ancient 5400rpm. My iMac has not made any noise and I doubt the HDD has ever turned on. Do I think fusion alone is worth $450 bucks? maybe.. Do I think the upper level model iMac with fusion is worth 1750? DEFINITELY. Do I think the base model without fusion is worth $1300 or that an all in one computer should be permanently attached to a large solid state usb drive to make it fast? NO.
Chihawk725 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 03:42 PM   #13
tuccillo
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chihawk725 View Post
I just got my BTO iMac today and am currently using it to post this response. I played around with a new non fusion at the apple store and wow the difference in so called "subjective" speed is mind boggling. Fusion boots up in 15 seconds, unlike the 45 for the HDD, apps opened instantaneously and iPhoto had no problem chugging through images (this was not terribly slow on the in store base model but for $1300 I would feel really cheated with the response I got from the ancient 5400rpm. My iMac has not made any noise and I doubt the HDD has ever turned on. Do I think fusion alone is worth $450 bucks? maybe.. Do I think the upper level model iMac with fusion is worth 1750? DEFINITELY. Do I think the base model without fusion is worth $1300 or that an all in one computer should be permanently attached to a large solid state usb drive to make it fast? NO.
My reboots are rare and most apps are never shutdown. It comes out of sleep mode is a few seconds.
tuccillo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:33 AM   #14
KekelaNikol
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: May 2007
Thanks for everyone's input. From what I'm seeing, the fusion drive isn't an option on the base model unless I'm missing something?? If it was just $250 it wouldn't be an issue. However because we have to upgrade the computer to the upper end model just for the fusion drive, it ends up being $450 which is a lot to justify. Too bad it's not an option on the base model
KekelaNikol is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 03:54 PM   #15
Hungry&Foolish
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Quote:
Originally Posted by KekelaNikol View Post
Thanks for everyone's input. From what I'm seeing, the fusion drive isn't an option on the base model unless I'm missing something?? If it was just $250 it wouldn't be an issue. However because we have to upgrade the computer to the upper end model just for the fusion drive, it ends up being $450 which is a lot to justify. Too bad it's not an option on the base model
Buy iRamdisk, put safari cache on that,or any other application. It will be way faster than a fusion or ssd drive. its available in the Mac app store for 3.99
Hungry&Foolish is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2012, 04:39 AM   #16
comatose81
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
After playing around with my brand new 21.5" with Fusion - YES!
comatose81 is offline   1 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > iMac

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:09 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC