2019 imac - good performance but also quiet?

kristincb

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Dec 4, 2012
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Hi There

I am purchasing a new imac hopefully soon to replace my 2012 mac

I don't do video editing or 3D rendering or gaming - primary usage is photoshop where I do have very large documents open all the time.

I want excellent performance but some of the other threads have me worried about the fan noise as I am very sensitive to noise.. I don't hear my current imac at all

My stats on my mac I am currently using:

3.1 GHZ i7
16gb ram
NVIDIA GeForce 650M 512MB

Thanks so much in advance.. I have been putting this off for awhile and just don't want to regret any decision.
 

mcnallym

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Oct 28, 2008
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The reviews coming out show even the i9/vega is running quietly. Not silent but quietly.

Most of the system is noisy is from people that not had one going with the fact that the 2017 i7 was quite noisy when ramped up and presuming before anyone had there hands on one that the 2019’s with the i9 would be the same.




All seem to be for i9 from which can gather wouldn’t make sense for photoshop however these seem to be spec that sending out for reviews.

If worried then try the lower end cpu’s Which should generate less noise.

Don’t know how close to apple store you are to try one at the apple store.

Noise is something that is subjective. What one person finds noisy another person is fine with.
 
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brksmith

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Apr 5, 2019
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I've got the new i9 Vega iMac with 1TB SD. It is SO much quieter than my 2009 iMac i7. Really happy with it.
 

vir2l2k

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play a game for 3 hours in full settings and then see how quiet these imacs are. I have yet to see a serious stress test.
 

brksmith

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Apr 5, 2019
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I have, X-plane 11 at 5K resolution. Fan comes on and is audible, but quieter than my old iMac.
 

Rockadile

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Jun 11, 2012
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Hi There

I am purchasing a new imac hopefully soon to replace my 2012 mac

I don't do video editing or 3D rendering or gaming - primary usage is photoshop where I do have very large documents open all the time.

I want excellent performance but some of the other threads have me worried about the fan noise as I am very sensitive to noise.. I don't hear my current imac at all

My stats on my mac I am currently using:

3.1 GHZ i7
16gb ram
NVIDIA GeForce 650M 512MB

Thanks so much in advance.. I have been putting this off for awhile and just don't want to regret any decision.
I'm assuming you've seen this thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1200-rpm-is-too-loud.2176357/
Higher base noise level but lower ceiling.

You won't need hyper-threading for your use. Photoshop doesn't care about more threads but you'll need a lot of RAM (32GB+) for large documents, photo stacking / stitching.

If you want low noise but still some performance than the mid range 21.5" CPU or base 27" seems fitting, both 6-core 3GHz i5-8500. Lowest base clock with modest boost for less noise.
 

Jimmdean

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Mar 21, 2007
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In what most would call “normal use” it’s pretty quiet. Handbrake will ramp up the fans though. I’m not quite sure what some of these synthetic benchmarks supposedly stressing the CPU but not producing the after-effects are doing. I don’t think they really peg the CPU for very long. Kind of like taking a 10-second pulse and just multiplying by 6.

Doesn’t bother me personally. 99% of the time it is near-silent.