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Old Aug 15, 2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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iMac VS MacBook Pro

I currently have a 2012 15" MacBook Pro(with specs listed below) and a offer has arised. I have been offered a trade for a 2011 27" iMac

With the following specs Core i7, AMD 6970M w/ 2GB GDDR5, 1TB HD.


My MacBook is almost always stationary and I almost never take it out, I mainly game in Windows; would this trade be worth it?

Another question is there any heating issues with iMacs? the main issue is when I use my MacBook it becomes very hot during extended gaming sessions, where its too hot to touch (could be related to hot weather conditions at the moment)
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Old Aug 15, 2013, 01:40 AM   #2
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I would really love some responses here, instead of votes

I want a discussion
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Old Aug 15, 2013, 01:51 AM   #3
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My MacBook is almost always stationary and I almost never take it out, I mainly game in Windows; would this trade be worth it?
An iMac would be an upgrade then. My question, is do you trust the person you're trading with. Who initiated the trade?

Don't worry about overheating, it's such a pink elephant (i.e. people think it exists but it doesn't).
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An iMac would be an upgrade then. My question, is do you trust the person you're trading with. Who initiated the trade?

Don't worry about overheating, it's such a pink elephant (i.e. people think it exists but it doesn't).
But wont heat affect the components over time for both the MacBook and the iMac
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It sounds from your pattern of usage that a desktop would suit you better, and that is a pretty high spec iMac...If it were me and I had to choose I'd opt for the deal...just make sure you check the Imac out prior to committing to the deal.
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Old Aug 15, 2013, 03:38 AM   #6
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It sounds from your pattern of usage that a desktop would suit you better, and that is a pretty high spec iMac...If it were me and I had to choose I'd opt for the deal...just make sure you check the Imac out prior to committing to the deal.
Its alot better than my MacBook, correct?
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Old Aug 15, 2013, 05:28 AM   #7
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I suppose it would highly depend on your needs.
-If you wish to have a computer that can handle most of your works on a desk, then go for iMac.
- If you wish to have a computer that can be used anywhere, then go for MBP.

I have MBP 17" and planning to move on to iMac 27". I'm simply getting tired of connecting all the stuffs to my laptop every time I setup my workstation. It looks horrible to have all the cables lying around. Especially with the new Thunderbolt docks and accessories, it's simply getting worse.

The reason why I chose MBP over iMac was that I move around frequently. I was and still is a frequent flyer. I have to pack all my stuffs every 3 months, and I kept my fingers crossed hoping MBP 17" can handle everything without all these external accessories. WRONG. The single biggest problem with MBP is that it overheats, almost sounds like plane taking off 3 feet away from me.

So again, I'd say it will depend on your needs. Specs will be almost the same, –MBP and iMac both use laptop parts– only physical difference will be: cords, screen, noise, and portability.
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But wont heat affect the components over time for both the MacBook and the iMac
If there was ever a heat problem, there would be a recall. I believe the last Apple recall was for the PowerBook 1400 or the 3400 back in 1998-ish. Sure, lemons happen but it really isn't something that anyone should be that concerned about.
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If there was ever a heat problem, there would be a recall. I believe the last Apple recall was for the PowerBook 1400 or the 3400 back in 1998-ish. Sure, lemons happen but it really isn't something that anyone should be that concerned about.
So if I ramp up the CPU and GPU daily it will be fine for the years to come, for any computer
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If you're certain that you won't miss the portability, then do it. That is a very good trade.
If you need portability without power, then an iPad is a perfect option and certainly not as expensive as a laptop.
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I would really love some responses here, instead of votes

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You might not make it a poll then


Looking at benchmarks it looks like for general use the MBP might be a bit faster while for gaming you'll be a bit faster on the iMac. It's not a huge difference either way at a glance, though if you're doing a lot of gaming the larger screen area might be nice.
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So if I ramp up the CPU and GPU daily it will be fine for the years to come, for any computer
Yes. Generally the first thing to go on a computer is the hard drive, and sometimes the RAM.

The only time I'd suggest that you're overheating is if a computer keeps randomly shutting off and/or Kernel panics occur over and over again. THEN you have a problem.

I've had my iMac on everyday for the past 6 years. It's fine.
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The heat problem was with the imac G5s. I have one that I'm going to replace the logic board on to play with some OS9 software.
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I'll chime in. I recently upgraded from a 2010 iMac to a 2012, both base model 27". The old one got hot regularly, I run Aperture, Photoshop CS3 and Handbrake regularly. The new machine has never been anything more than cool to the touch.
My 2008 Macbook gets pretty damn hot doing just about anything.
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I'll chime in. I recently upgraded from a 2010 iMac to a 2012, both base model 27". The old one got hot regularly, I run Aperture, Photoshop CS3 and Handbrake regularly. The new machine has never been anything more than cool to the touch.
My 2008 Macbook gets pretty damn hot doing just about anything.
The 2011 iMac and the 2012 iMac differ in design, it may be a difference experience on the 2011 iMac
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I'll chime in. I recently upgraded from a 2010 iMac to a 2012, both base model 27". The old one got hot regularly, I run Aperture, Photoshop CS3 and Handbrake regularly. The new machine has never been anything more than cool to the touch.

That's the exact thing I just did last month. 2010 to a brand new model and no matter what I do it doesn't get hot.
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If I'm correct, the MBP has a GT650 right?

The iMac will probably be faster than the MBP in both GPU and CPU. However, you are losing portability.

If you are sure that you are not going to use your computer anywhere else other than your desktop, then go for the iMac.

As for heat, I never heard my iMac's fans get loud. iStat shows ~60 degrees while gaming. My rMBP has temperatures around 60-70 degrees too, however the fans do kick in. I'm assuming that the threshold should be around that area too.

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If I'm correct, the MBP has a GT650 right?

The iMac will probably be faster than the MBP in both GPU and CPU. However, you are losing portability.

If you are sure that you are not going to use your computer anywhere else other than your desktop, then go for the iMac.

As for heat, I never heard my iMac's fans get loud. iStat shows ~60 degrees while gaming. My rMBP has temperatures around 60-70 degrees too, however the fans do kick in. I'm assuming that the threshold should be around that area too.
Yes it has the 650M, I really think I could be fine; my only knock is that I gaming events with the iMac. Also I am currently a student and would my iPad be able to carry me through the year
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Assuming you mean 1TB and not 1GB, I'd do it. Bigger screen and less heat.
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Assuming you mean 1TB and not 1GB, I'd do it. Bigger screen and less heat.
JUST NOTICED THAT. Haha pretty funny I meant 1 TB
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I would not have switched.
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I would not have switched.
I didnt switch yet, and why not?
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I didnt switch yet, and why not?
He's/She's probably in a different situation than you with different needs/wants.

You want power and he/she (probably) wants portability.
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I didnt switch yet, and why not?
Because I could afford a newer iMac if I sold the macbook pro.
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I think the best option is a New MBP and the Apple Cinema Display. Then you have a 27 in display and portability if needed.
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