27" iMac - 2010 or 2011 version?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rogersmj, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'm in the market for a 27" refurb iMac, and am struggling to decide which one. Right now Apple has the following:

    2011: 2.7 Core i5, 6MB cache, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

    2010: 2.8 Core i5, 8MB cache, ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB

    They're both exactly the same price, $1419.

    The older iMac has more L3 cache and twice as much video memory, and appears to have a slightly faster processor. I primarily will use this computer for stuff like photo editing, some web and iOS development, and of course the typical web, music, and video (consumption, not creation) use.

    I plan on adding an SSD so I can have a 128GB SSD boot/app drive + the 1GB HDD.

    Which one would you choose and why?
  2. Pistolator macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2011
    The 2011 model should have space for the SSD without needing to remove your superdrive.
    The 2010 model does not.
    As an aside, get yourself a mini-display port - HDMI adapter to experience fully discrete surround sound. The optical out only supports surround from DVD player. Both models support this (even the early 2010, which I have).
  3. rogersmj thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    Well then, that decides it for me...I'm glad I asked! Thanks.
  4. Pistolator macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2011
    If you own a Mac already, get yourself MacTracker, available on the Mac App Store.
    It details every Apple product that ever existed, including expansion options, with links to Apple's How-To Guides on their support web site.

    From Mac Tracker:

    Introduced May 2011
    Discontinued --
    Model Identifier iMac12,2
    Model Number A1312
    Order Number MC813LL/A (2.7 GHz), MC814LL/A (3.1 GHz)
    Initial Price $1,949 (2.7 GHz) $2,299 (3.1 GHz)
    Support Status Supported
    Colors Silver and Black
    Weight and Dimensions 13.8 kg, 51.7 cm H x 65 cm W x 20.7 cm D

    Processor Intel Core i5 or Core i7 ("Sandy Bridge")
    Processor Speed 2.7 or 3.1 GHz (Core i5) 3.4 GHz (Core i7)
    Architecture 64-bit
    Number of Cores 4
    Cache 6 MB (2.7 and 3.1 GHz) 8 MB (3.4 GHz) on-chip shared L3

    Storage 1 or 2 TB (7200-rpm SATA) and/or 256 GB (SSD)
    Media Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    The 2010 model has the extra SSD drive bay. I have the i7 I got for $1499 as a closeout at MacMall (they're all out now) and had the second bay setup as eSATA. Any drive I connect get named SSD in "About this Mac". The 2010 also support target display mode when used with Displayport sources. The 2011 requires a Thunderbolt source. The 2010 i7 is a better refurb deal to me.


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