Macworld's 2012 iMac results

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  1. macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Macworld printed the results of the new BTO 27" iMac (27-inch iMac/3.4GHz Core i7 1TB Fusion Drive, 16GB RAM).

    Is it me or is the new imac not as fast as it should be. Or is the 15" MBP-r a real beast? (How can a laptop perform so close to a desktop??)

    Kinda disappointing in the results since I have a nearly identical imac coming my way. Now i'm tempted to get the MBP + a proper monitor (esp. with the screen issues)


    what say yall?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Prince Edward Island, Canada

    I think the reason that the two perform so closely is based on the footprint. There really isn't much room behind the monitor on the new iMacs, so much so that they are starting to mimic hardware in portables.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2004
    That sounds about right.
    Guess the imac is but a laptop with a bigger screen.. even the 27". :shake-head:

    Oh, the $1799 (2.9GHz) imac was quite a bit faster then the (3.2GHz) $1999... haha this is getting sad.
  4. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    That's just silly. First, the hard drive difference seemed to affect all their testing. My i7 iMac came with the Seagate, so it seems to be a lottery as to what drive you get.

    Second, they didn't even get an iMac with the high-end 680MX 2GB card.

    Third, all these systems are VERY fast, so who cares anymore?

    Guess what? The rMBP has a very small screen in comparison to the 27" iMac. :)
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Do i understand you correctly that not all imac have the same hard drive? Well then that is plain silly (read: sad) b/c arent all the buyers paying the same to get the same machine?

    I assume they didn't test the MBP w/ the high-end card.
    Oh wait, it only comes with one option.

    B/c one (rightly) assumes a bigger computer is also faster.

    One consolation is the MBP-r is damn expensive! :D
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    You DO know that the iMac uses desktop CPUs, right?

    The rMBP is able to compete due to the full SSD.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    By lab test do they mean their grade 2 classroom?

    Anyone who thinks the laptop is faster than the desktop is bonkers
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Of course I do. :rolleyes:

    Also to say that the reason is due to the SSD isn't quite complete either. There are many tests that show Fusion drives performing almost on par with SSD's. Are they as good, no. Are they pretty close, yup.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    I am quoting from a paragraph from the Macworld article:

    "Both iMacs include 7200-rpm, 1TB SATA-3 hard drives, but the drives in these two iMacs we received are not identical—and neither were their performance scores. Our $1999 iMac has a Western Digital WD10EALX Caviar Blue drive with 32MB of cache. Our $1799 iMac has a Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 hard drive with 64MB of cache—twice the cache of the WD, and the advantage of the larger cache is evident in our test results."

    According to this article, the $1799 iMac's hard drive has 64 MB of cache as compared to the $1999 model, whose hard drive has 32 MB of cache.

    I wondering why Apple would this choose type of faster hard drive in the less expensive ($1799) version? Any thoughts?
  10. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2007
    Apple use drives from either Seagate or WD in all imacs. It has nothing to do with which model it is. I don't know why the reviewer bothered benchmarking (and focusing so much on) the HDD to be honest. It just causes confusion.

    The Seagate drive is an excellent HDD, but it's luck if you get one or not. Then again, it won't be very noticable in real world use - even less so if you have a fusion drive.

    Void review.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'll say this:

    I couldn't be happier with my iMac. For an all in one, it's the fastest desktop computer I've ever used. I use heavy website design/dev applications daily and it runs like a beast. I had a MBP 2010 I believe it was. No comparison.

    3tb. Epic. Fusion. Epic. 27" Epic. i7 Epic. 680MX Beyond Epic!!!
  12. macrumors member

    May 22, 2012
    If MacWorld's facts are widely true . . .

    Same reason the 21" is closed to adding RAM, and other disappointing stuff:

    Apple rushed this one;

    or a senior decision maker had his head where the sun don't shine;

    or Apple may, just may be slipping a tad;)
  13. macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2012
    I also have the Seagate in the 27" iMac.
    But it runs on 3 Gigabit....why not as 6 Gigabit :confused:

    The SSD runs at 6 Gigabit....

    Attached Files:

  14. macrumors member


    Sep 10, 2012
    I am so upset about this Apple :apple: need to fix this ASAP!
  15. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    Seriously? Why are you upset about this? It's not as if the drive can even saturate a SATA II / 3 Gigabit connection anyway! e.g. I had an OCZ Vertex 120GB in my 2009 iMac (SATA II), and I got around 225MB/s read and around 200MB/s writes. The Seagate gets what... 170MB/s read/write? Why do we need SATA III for it?

    People will find anything to complain about.

    A more valid complaint is the random nature of the 1TB drive in these iMacs. I'm fortunate enough to have gotten the 1TB Seagate model in my 2012 27" i7 iMac, and not the slower Western Digital.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2012
    The Real Northern California
    Maybe the reviewer was practicing for Huffington Post reviews? :D

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