2017 iMac with Radeon Pro 580 configs - SSD price discrepancy

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by goldsdad, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. goldsdad macrumors newbie

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    The SSD options for the 2017 5K iMacs seem to be $100 overpriced on the Radeon Pro 580 configs when compared to the other 5K configs.

    iMac 5K with Radeon Pro 570
    step up from 2TB Hybrid Drive to 512GB SSD = $100
    step up from 2TB Hybrid Drive to 1TB SSD = $500

    iMac 5K with Radeon Pro 575
    step up from 2TB Hybrid Drive to 512GB SSD = $100
    step up from 2TB Hybrid Drive to 1TB SSD = $500
    step up from 3TB Hybrid Drive to 512GB SSD = $0
    step up from 3TB Hybrid Drive to 1TB SSD = $400

    iMac 5K with Radeon Pro 580
    step up from 2TB Hybrid Drive to 512GB SSD = $200
    step up from 2TB Hybrid Drive to 1TB SSD = $600
    step up from 3TB Hybrid Drive to 512GB SSD = $100
    step up from 3TB Hybrid Drive to 1TB SSD = $500

    What do you think? A pricing mistake by Apple, or do you know of an explanation for the $100 difference?
     
  2. kohlson macrumors 68000

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    With some insight and experience with corporate pricing, it is almost certainly not a mistake. Too many rounds of analysis and approvals. Something else is driving the $100 upcharge/difference for the 580.
     
  3. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502

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    I have no idea but maybe those SSD's are faster?
     
  4. theluggage macrumors 68040

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    The 570 and 575 models come with 1TB fusion as standard, so you're comparing the price of two build-to-order options (add 2TB fusion vs. add 512GB SSD)

    The 580 model comes with the 2TB Fusion as standard so you're comparing the base version with a build-to-order.

    My guess - there's effectively a sort of flat-fee "build to order" surcharge for any non-base configuration. With the 580 you pay for that as part of the upgrade from base to 512GB SSD. With the 575/580 you "paid" that when you chose the 2TB so, moving from that to the SSD, you just pay the difference.

    Just a theory.

    Also, bear in mind that when you order a BTO, the Apple Store probably won't literally have the factory "build it to order" if they can possibly avoid it: rather, they'll try and stock a mix of the most popular BTO options ready made. So there may be a whole complex suppy-and-demand curve built into those prices. I'm sure there's an app for that.
     
  5. Falcon80 macrumors 6502

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  6. goldsdad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for posting. Having read guibo in that thread, I reckon I was wrong to conclude that the 580 GPU configs have incorrectly priced SSD options. I now agree with guibo that the 570 and 575 GPU configs appear to have Fusion drive options that are overpriced by $100.
     

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