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

    Aug 14, 2010
    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

    Jun 11, 2012
    North East Scotland
    Surely impossible to say as they're not released?
  3. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    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

    Aug 14, 2010
    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.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    Not only bigger HDD but also faster. 3x as fast
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2010
    I believe the new HDD is the same speed. The new fusion drive is 3x as fast and 3x as much cash. $$$


    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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