2012 iMac Vs 2013 iMac, which one is faster?

zalle

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Hi guys, which do you think will process video and image files faster?

Late 2012, 27", 3.2 GHz i5 (Ivy Bridge, I guess), 16GB ram, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2048 MB

OR

Late 2013, 27", 3.2GHz i5 (Haswell, I guess), 16GB ram, NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M 1024 MB

One is newer, the other has more video memory. What do you think?

Thanks
 

maflynn

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Personally, I'd opt for the Haswell model, because its my understanding that Haswell is faster then Ivy Bridge and you also have a newer (and faster) GPU, though with a less vram.

What are you looking to do with the iMac, i.e., what tasks?
 

zalle

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I need to process video (FCPX) and edit RAW photography (Lightroom). Intense use.

Obviously I also use it for web, e-mail, etc...
 

MadDane

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For Lightroom I think the faster processor will be better so for that I would say the 2013 model. However, it also depends on the speed of the storage. What internal storage is there in those two?

I have never worked with video so I do not know about that.
 

zalle

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Both have the standard 1TB HDD, but I put all catalogues and raw files on external USB3 HDD.

I guess, all in all, both machines would be similar, right? Maybe 5-10% difference?
 

Samuelsan2001

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Both have the standard 1TB HDD, but I put all catalogues and raw files on external USB3 HDD.

I guess, all in all, both machines would be similar, right? Maybe 5-10% difference?
If you are buying second hand try and get one with a fusion drive or SSD it will make it a far more peasant experience to use.
 
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