Am I really missing out?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TheNakedMan, May 29, 2011.

  1. TheNakedMan, May 29, 2011
    Last edited: May 30, 2011

    TheNakedMan macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    I bought a refurbished 27" iMac 2010. i7 2,93ghz with the radeon 5750
    I got it for like 1500 dollars vs the 2300 (i7,2gbvideo card) iMac that I was going for.

    I don't see myself using thunderbolt at the moment. I do have one 23inch ips monitor being power nicely.

    I've ordered the 8gb from owc to upgrade...and I might order an SSD next month as well.

    I think financially it was a wise decision. I don't really do heavy video editing yet. I play with the RAW images I get, like 10 tops when I do it.

    I mostly edit web scripts and ftp stuff for my work.

    I also do a tiny bit of programming for class...which should be done with next May! (yay!)

    I still have a 13 inch macbook pro, unless I sell get an iPad + SSD.

    I don't see the big sell for Sandy am I missing something?
  2. kalsta macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2010
    Sounds like you have a touch of iEnvy and are trying to reassure yourself that all is okay. Your Mac is a good one. Why covet thy neighbour's? Be happy. :)
  3. TheNakedMan thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    I read about those graphics card...but yes...I'm reassuring myself of my purchase.... :)

    I'm sur iEvny hits everyone from time to time ;)
  4. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
    #4 when you buy one a month and change before a refresh/redesign.

    I'd be new one or bust for me, yes you paid less upfront but you'd also make less if you sold it, as it's worth less.

    With that said, many people bought new in 2010 and while a fair amount probably also wish they had the 2011 spec, what you have is still a very capable unit.
  5. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Lawton, OK
    For you, an upgrade would be "diminishing returns". Are the new iMacs faster? Yes. Are they so much faster that you should sell your iMac and buy a 2011? Hell no.
  6. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    You aren't missing anything. You've bought a good computer at a great price.

    Thunderbolt is highly overrated. It's just a technology named Light Peak. Apple had a hand in it so they renamed it "Thunderbolt" to make it sound terrific.

    The concept (which was patented) was to use fiber optic cable for faster data transfer. But then in typical cost cutting they removed the fiber and replaced it with old copper wire. It will take a long time before they correct that huge mistake.

    Forget all the Apple Hype, cleverly designed to make you want it, and celebrate the one you have. :)
  7. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
    I have less an issue that it didn't live up to the original speed targets/design and more that there's STiLL hardly anything Thunderbolt ready.

    Now with Intel supporting USB 3, I'm feeling it may be less of a focal point aside from certain niche brands.
  8. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2010
    The name "Thunderbolt" is owned by Intel, not Apple.
  9. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    True, but Apple registered Thunderbolt first and subsequently transferred ownership of the name to Imtel. Thunderbolt was originally Apple's implementation of LightPeak using the mini Display Port.
  10. blueraja macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    I had considered the new one but after thinking about it and watching thing shake up for a couple months I too went with last years model. Sure there is a speed difference but not 2x the money speed difference and frankly i'm not convinced thunderbolt is going to amount to anything...i'm concerned that this is going to end up like firewire 800 part 2 only with even less support. Not sure who is to blame but many of the benefits were neutered after dropping the optical and usb 3.0 has more universal support.
  11. TheNakedMan thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    I just didn't see a big different in Sandy Bridge to just go crazy over.
    I just love me 27inches of heaven.
  12. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    First of all, you got the spec wrong on the 2010 i7 iMac. The 2010 CPU spec'd at 2.93Ghz, not 3.4Ghz. 3.4 is in the current offering.

    Second, I'm just going to repeat what other posters have all ready said. If you're making this post and asking the question as it is then you are simply looking to justify the purchase you made and trying to live with your buyer's remorse. If you are truly happy then you wouldn't need the community to make you feel better about or to justify your purchase.
  13. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    For me the transition between imac 2010 and 2011 is quite important leap, the key is Thunderbolt, it's a new port that would be there in future macs. While next upgrade may be ivy bridge n usb 3.0 on mac, but it's not as significant as having thunderbolt on your imac.

    Well if op feels okay to miss out thunderbolt, u may still get it on next upgrade. Say 4 or 5 years?
  14. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

    May 9, 2010
    Amsterdam, NL
    I've got the iMac '10 since october 2010. 2.93 i7 12GB RAM HD + SSD (Intel X-25M)

    Do I feel the need of upgrading? not at all. I feel that I will not notice a difference at all. I get the hassle of getting an SSD installed in the new iMac all over again. I don't see anything different when it's on my desk, right?

    No way I would upgrade. It's an awesome computer. Very powerful.

    .. Don't let consumerism or marketings strategies get hold of you. When there is something 'new' available, they always make you believe it's the must have upgrade you were looking for.

    .. Stay with your senses. You didn't bought this model because you knew it was going to be a regretful decision, did you?

    You get a very very capable Mac at an really sweet price point. And as benchmarking shows, the 2.93 i7 still outperforms the 2011 2.7 i5
  15. clyde2801, May 30, 2011
    Last edited: May 30, 2011

    clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    I think the new sandy bridge chips, video cards and thunderbolt (and in the case of the 27", triple monitor option) make the 2011's a slightly larger than normal upgrade to the iMac line. It doesn't make your 2010 a PO*, however.

    Thunderbolt is just out of the gate, and it's a bit soon to tell if everyone else is going to support the standard and let it live up to its potential. On the 27", I view it as an opportunity to maximize screen real estate and use a couple of decent LCD monitors that I already own; anything else is just gravy.

    The new models fortuitously came when I decided to move my small office to mac, prior to that I was on a 20" white 2.16 c2d iMac. The white one will continue to soldier on at my office manager's desk. When I pulled the trigger, they didn't have squat on the refurbished site or at BB. A couple of hundred off for an i3 27"? Pass.

    The other reason I'm glad I bought a new model is the 'one on one' option for unlimited training and tech support. Best additional $100 I've ever spent, and have gotten my use out of it already. Going back again this Thursday afternoon to see if Bento can provide comprehensive front and back ends for my office software wise, and how easily it can be implemented and customized. I fully expect my apple store to have placards in early 2012 at the registers featuring my face and a 'do not sell a new mac to this person' warning!

    At the time, I would have bought the 2010 top end imac for the savings you realized. Nonetheless, I'll have to meet your iEnvy with an equal amount of iJustify.
  16. TheNakedMan thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    Many thanks guys.

    I absolutely love the iMac over the macbook pro I had.
  17. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Not missing out on anything although in 2 years, Thunderbolt will probably be mainstream.

    The only reason why I opted for a 2011 high end model is because I needed that 6970M. This is pretty much the first time the iMac comes equipped with a real powerful gaming video card so I decided to pay"new iMac" prices.
  18. TheNakedMan thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    In two years, I'll have a another one for sure. ;)

    I usually upgrade every two years.
  19. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2010
    According to Intel, Thunderbolt was always an Intel property. reports that they contacted the company and got an answer from Dave Salvator, Senior Communications Manager at Intel.

    "As part of our collaboration with Apple, they did some of the initial trademark filings. Intel has full rights to the Thunderbolt trademark now and into the future. The Thunderbolt name will be used going forward on all platforms, irrespective of operating system."

    A wikipedia article discusses Thunderbolt history and technology in more detail and makes good reading.
  20. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    If t-bolt is bootable and your hard drive crashes you f'd up.
    if t-bolt is not bootable no worries.
    if your hdd does not crash no worries. basically the rest of the differences are small.

    having a raid1 external ssd bootdrive that can be instantly replaced and runs at sataIII speeds may be something you will be sorry you did not wait for. no one knows if you will ever need it.
  21. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    You've got a sweet machine there bro. And at a great price. Enjoy. :)
  22. SXR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
    I dont think that you're missing out on much , since you don't really need the power.
  23. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    You paid a few hundred less. And the only real differences are:
    slightly faster cpu performance on 2011
    almost double GPU performance on 2011
    easier to upgrade hard drive on 2010
    Multiple (well more than 2) monitor setup for 2011

    Honestly, you did a great job getting last year's refurb. You don't game or render so the 6970 would be a waste. You've already got a 27"+23". Do you honestly need 4 more displays? And you're planning on doing a SSD upgrade. While your computer is open you can throw in a 2TB drive for like 60 bucks (or even 3TB)

    If it wasn't for the 6970 I wouldn't even consider the 2011 model.

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