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Oct 14, 2014
I received my 5k iMac in January of 2015, currently running Mojave on it. I wanted to know how is your macs holding up? Are you going to upgrade soon? I use this machine for video editing, photoshop and a bit of gaming. Best computer I have ever had hands down! I think I am going to wait to see when they slim the bezels down, before I consider a new mac.

I think we're gonna keep this computer forever lol. I would love to know!

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macrumors 68020
Oct 14, 2018
The Sillie Con Valley
You can give it an inexpensive upgrade with an Intel 660p. The 2.5x speed boost is not as great as a 970 EVO in a late 2015 but you will notice it.

That is if you desire more, faster storage. Otherwise, leave it alone.

If you open it for any reason, have the NV RAM battery replaced. I'm starting to see these go bad. Symptom is weird bars on the screen or black. Often misdiagnosed as a GPU issue. If yours is SSD only, you can get away with a CR2032. If there's an HD or Fusion, use the high heat BR2032 that Apple installs (find it on Amazon).
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 16, 2002
I’ve had a late 2014 i7 for quite a while. I was using it in my music studio with Cubase. I recently replaced it with a 6 core i7 Mac Mini as I started to hit its CPU limit with multiple FX and instruments being run in the box.

The iMac has now gone to my work. We opened it up and replaced the spinner component of the fusion drive with an SSD and after a bit of messing around finally got Windows working on bootcamp. Now it’s running Revit nicely.

It’s got a good few more years in it I reckon!


macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 14, 2014
I wanted to bump this thread because I've seen what Apple said regarding our computers. How in the world is this computer vintage lol? In my opinion, computers have a life-span of 7 years.

(I bought mine in January of 2015). I hope the new redesign comes soon. Are you guys upgrading soon?


macrumors Penryn
Feb 20, 2009
No matter how much you like the computer you have now, you won't be keeping it forever.
Sooner or later, it will be time to replace it.

That said...
... if the 2014 is still doing fine for you, keep it a while longer.
I'd wait until at least the second half of next year, to see how the m1 (or m2) iMacs look.

Then you might consider one of them.
Or... if you wanted, you could pick up an Apple refurbished 2020 iMac with an Intel CPU inside (some folks will still have need for them into the future).
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macrumors 68000
Sep 3, 2014
I got my base model(1 TB Fusion drive, i5, M290X 2 GB) 2014 5k iMac since Nov 2014. The only reason I went with the fusion model is because of a sale on the base models that made it almost impossible for me justify spending another $500 to get a custom order for a 256 SSD at the time).

I will say it's been the best computer I have purchased to date given the price I paid and the tech I was getting at the time with the display all in a neat package.

Misc issues I have had;
  • Performance was initially bad with Yosemite on 2 GB models which was well documented. Apple fixed that in 2015.
  • Random wakes and start ups over the years depending on the version of the OS I had. Currently Catalina has no issues.
  • Slight image retention at times. Does not impact real world use.

I've thought about upgrading multiple times and keep pushing it off for a redesign. Certain things I can't do right now like watch a HEVC UHD movie(massive 80GB files with high bitrates) as the CPU chokes.

At a point now where there is no turning back and I am waiting for ARM iMac for a replacement.
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macrumors regular
Dec 21, 2011
Long Island, NY
I wanted the Intel iMac so I so am upgrading. I do not want first generation or two arm until I see how things are working longterm. My 2014 works good. Some of the same issues that fathergll had but has been fixed as of late.


macrumors 6502
Apr 3, 2019
Liverpool, UK
I’ve got the top-end late 2014 27” 5K quad-core 4.0ghz i7 with a Radeon R9 M295X GPU and it is faster in gaming than my 2019 21.5” 4K hex-core 3.2ghz i7 model with a Vega 20 (should have saved the cash and gone for the Radeon Pro 560X).

Whilst I’m working I probably couldn’t tell you which was faster unless I’m doing video transcoding where the extra cores of the newer machine help.

Even Geekbench says there’s not a lot in it...1032/3769 vs 1130/6163 (multi-core increase purely due to the 2 extra cores). They‘re both 1TB SSD models but the 2019 model does boot up faster as it has a faster PCIe interface (1000mbps vs 2200mbps)

I get the temporary screen ghosting, but this disappears if I don’t leave a static image/window on the screen for an hour.
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