2012 iMac Vs 2013 iMac, which one is faster?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zalle, May 15, 2016.

  1. zalle macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    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


    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?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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?
  3. zalle thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    I need to process video (FCPX) and edit RAW photography (Lightroom). Intense use.

    Obviously I also use it for web, e-mail, etc...
  4. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    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.
  5. zalle thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    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?
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    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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