2013 iMac to 2017 iMac...worthy upgrade(s)?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Sdashiki, May 13, 2018.

  1. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    2013 iMac i7 with 780m GPU (4GB) and 16GB and 3TB fusion

    I use this mostly for general crap and like to game on it when I can. Hitman/GTA V, etc.

    The 2017 iMacs seem to come with i5 chips more often than my current i7, but I doubt I would notice this from a next gen chipset...right?? my i7 is 5/6th gen and the 2017 i5 is 7th gen, I think.

    I see some 2017s with i5 and the Radeon 575 (another 4GB card), but only 1TB fusion and only 8GB of ram. Obviously I would upgrade the RAM anyway, but is a 1TB fusion vs a 3TB one an issue? I dont have my 3TB one filled at all, I use external drives for media and only internal for apps.

    Basically...would it be worth the $500-800 upgrade price for selling my 2013 iMac and getting a 2017? Im looking mostly for a lateral upgrade more than a huge step up. It is keeping the GPU as high end as possible that I mostly look for.

    And, no, I am not spending over $2k just for the better Radeons apple offers.
  2. Darajavahus macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2015
    Not. 2018 ones, maybe.

    (btw 1TB fusion pathetic 32GB SSD, 2 and 3TB fusion 128GB)
  3. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
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    You'd think that barefeats would be a great place for insights into mac gaming performance. Trouble is-- rob doesn't test the low end models, and the benchmarks change from year to year. (and nVidia gpus are better at some games than others)



    as for the fusion drive-- Apple has been skimping on the SSD portion of it's 1TB Fusion drives. To get the "full 128 GB", you'll need to spec a 2 TB drive or larger. Or just go with a pure SSD.
  4. Sdashiki thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    So it seems for gaming that my 780m is perfectly fine compared to the reasonable price iMac GPUs available today.

    Now if only Hitman would get off its butt and get the NVidia drivers working i would be all set. :p

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