2015 iMac vs 2017 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by woo, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. woo macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2012
    iMac 21.5 late 2015
    2.8 GHz i5
    8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Intel Iris 6200 1536MB
    1 TB 5400 HD
    1080p display


    iMac 21.5 2017
    2.3 GHz i5
    8 GB 2133MHz DDR4
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
    1 TB 5400 HD
    1080p Display

    Would there be a noticeable difference?

  2. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    To be honest, I'd avoid either one those configurations without some kind of SSD or Fusion drive as otherwise performance and boot time will suffer. A Thunderbolt or USB SSD can be added externally after purchase. (Really can't believe Apple has chosen to continue selling new Macs without one...)

    As for the other specs, you're looking at a faster GPU + RAM on the 2017 and faster CPU on the 2015. For everyday use, I honestly think they will be about the same with maybe a slight edge-out by the 2017.
  3. woo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2012
    Thanks redheeler...

    I should say that I'm using it for a dedicated iTunes machine for my whole-house audio. My iTunes library is located on a Synology NAS. I just bought the 2015 iMac (on sale), but if there isn't a noticeable difference given my application I'll probably stick with the 2015... I run USB out to a Focusrite Scarlett Solo, then over to a stereo for the whole house audio.

    BTW, I also have 2016 15" rMBP TB maxed out and a 12" MacBook...

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