refurb iMac 21.5" low end vs. late 2012 imac 21.5" low end

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hwrdrrk, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Besides the pretty new design, lack of superdrive, and weight difference...

    how do these two computers compare from a speed and power perspective?

    in other words, how do the two quad core i5 processors compare?

    (assume I have the same ammount of RAM in each of them. Let's say 16GB)

    Thanks for your input! Want to buy soon.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Surely impossible to say as they're not released?
     
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    phoenixsan

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    The new (2012) iMac 2.5 has....

    a) A bigger HDD
    b) Better GPU
    c) USB 3.0
    d) Better Bluetooth
    e)Obviously, a slightly better processor (same cache level 2 and level 3)

    and has not FireWire 800 ( a real dealbraker if you had invest in peripherals)

    Also, the 2011 model is a proved thing. We dont know yet about the quality of the 2012 iMac. But I will say, the 2012 sounds like a good improvement over the 2011 :):apple:
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your thoughts. How much better of a GPU? USB 3.0 is a good selling point, but thunderbolt drives for 2011 should be pretty fast. Bluetooth not high on my list.

    Leaning towards 2011.
     
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    phoenixsan

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    Dekema2

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    Not only bigger HDD but also faster. 3x as fast
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    I believe the new HDD is the same speed. The new fusion drive is 3x as fast and 3x as much cash. $$$

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    I'm sure this information is helpful, but it's also over my head. In the graphics cards for dummies edition, how would the comparison of these two read? I'm not a gamer. But I am a professional musician and amateur finalcutographer.
     

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