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Old Nov 22, 2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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Wink Mid 2011 iMac owner, should I upgrade?

Hello Everyone

After seeing the new iMac 27" at the iPad Mini event, I was floored. It was gorgeous. I bought an iMac in July of last year. It is spec'd at:

27" iMac (mid 2011)
Intel Quad Core i7 3.4Ghz
4GB Ram
AMD Radeon HD 6970M w/2GB VRAM
1 TB Hard Drive

I am looking at upgrading to:

27" iMac (December 2012)
Intel Quad Core i7 3.4Ghz (whats the difference with the 2011?)
8GB Ram (double the ram, much better performance?)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB of GDDR5 (big difference?)
1 TB Fusion Drive (definitely a big difference!)

Other then the redesign of the case, double the ram and a fusion drive, will it really be a substantial difference from my current iMac?

My big question is...do I need the new Quad Core i7 3.4ghZ, or will the Quad Core i5 3.2ghz be a big enough difference compared to my old iMac's i7? I never understood the logic of the i5 and i7. Will i be downgrading going from a 2011 i7 to a 2012 i5?

I know the Fusion Drive is a big upgrade, loading and boot up times will be substantially faster from the SSD alone.

Double the Computers Ram is always a good upgrade, but I could do that now on my current iMac.

Going from my old Radeon to the Nvidia with the same dedicated 2GB ram, will there be a substantial difference?

So many questions, what would you guys recommend?



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