Base Model iMac 4k 21.5 Unusable?

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  1. nmock, Oct 14, 2015
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    nmock macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up a base model iMac 4k computer. With a clean install and just opening up Safari, I am getting a beach ball for what seems like an eternity. All apps take forever to launch as well! Do you think an SSD will fix the issue? Any other steps or tips? Even my base model rMacBook is infinitely more usable.





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  2. techedude macrumors regular

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    Definitely an SSD would improve that performance. I would box it up and return for a custom Build to Order. Standard 5400rpm drives suck a fat ****.
     
  3. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    Essentially, yes. A fusion drive minimum, preferably the 2tb.
     
  4. nmock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't even understand how anyone can use the computer. With a clean install and not other programs open for just simple web browsing, it takes forever to do anything.
     
  5. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Yup. That's what happens when a brand new mac is still shipping with a 5400rpm HDD.

    My base model 2007 iMac is faster than that thing, but it has an SSD...

    So yes, your MacBook is going to feel a heck of a lot faster since it has an SSD in it. Even though everything else is weaker. This iMac is faster in every respect, except for the speed of the drive which has a huge effect on the end user experience since opening apps and booting up take a heck of a lot longer than they should.

    I'd definitely return and go for one with an SSD, or fusion drive if you really need the space. Even then I hate to have any kind of HDD in a computer that isn't really user serviceable when it breaks.
     
  6. nmock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Totally agree, but I don't even understand why Apple would sell such a configuration, it is pretty much unusable for any task. I understand they are trying to get a lower price point, but the user experience is horrible any one purchasing this would be disappointed with performance.
     
  7. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    It's 2015, do you seriously expect them to put an SSD in the base model!? Jeez man, they only have $200 billion dollars in the bank and zero debt. They need to make a buck too. Don't be unreasonable now.
     
  8. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    They should've included a fusion drive or set the base at $1599. Completely bottlenecking the computer.
     
  9. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502

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    People need to stop buying these stuff to each Apple a lesson.
     
  10. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    That's the 5400 RPM hard drive for you. An SSD would not experience that.
     

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