21.5 entry level vs. 21.5 high end late 2013

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Escritor, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Escritor macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2012
    Hi guys

    I need help

    I'd like to ask a recommendation from the iMac veterans

    I am choosing between the two

    21.5" entry level + Fusion Drive


    21.5" high end with dedicated GPU

    if you were in my shoes which will you choose?

    I will use it primarily for the following

    Microsoft Office
    keynote, numbers, pages
    DOTA 2
    Diablo 3
    Web Browsing

    High - work stuff

    Medium - gaming and Photoshop/Lightroom

    Low - Video Editing using iMovie
  2. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    The GT 750M isn't that much faster compared to the Iris Pro 5200. See the AnandTech comparison (they compare the 650M but the 750M is a 650M with higher clocks and turbo).

    Don't forget, with the 750M model, you also get a faster CPU, though that's more than offset by the slower disk I/O from not having a Fusion Drive. See AnandTech's analysis. Keep in mind that the SSD of the Fusion Drive now PCI-e based, so it's even faster now in the late 2013 model than at the time of Anand's tests.

    If I were you, I'd go with the Fusion Drive. Full disclosure: I'm getting that one too ;).
  3. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    I just bought the high end 21" and tried out Dirt 2 on it and got 70-100fps maxed out. When I tried it on a 15inch rMBP with i7 and the Iris Pro, it struggled to get 30fps. Defiantly a difference. I think it was worth the money for the upgrade :) If you wish to have your IMac a long time; I suggest you go for the upgraded one ; remember the Iris Pro will use system RAM as VRAM.

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