buying advice 2012 (fusion) vs 2013 imac (21.5)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by natedg200202, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. natedg200202 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    Hello everyone,

    I'd appreciate any advice we can get. We are planning to replace my wife's work macbook pro circa 2005 with an imac. I'm looking at two models:

    2013 21.5" imac 2.7GH:

    2012 21.5 imac 2.7gh with FUSION drive:

    Including tax the cost increase is $140 for the older 2012 fusion.

    I know it's hard to say unless you really knew how she would use it. Not much in the way of power graphics usage. She does use VMware to run windows. The total HD usage will be around 140 gb.

    Is it worth it to get the fusion with it's ssd and take a bit of a hit on the older model with slower processor performance?

    It makes me a little nervous getting the older model but I think the fusion drive could be a big boost in how fast programs open.

  2. Fietsbel macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2012
    I would go for the 2012 model with SSD. It will feel so much snapier and the GPU in the 2012 model is much much faster (15-20%)
  3. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Take the 2012 with the Fusion drive. It's worth it.
  4. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Performance is about the same. A pure flash drive or fusion is worth the money which ever way you go. Looks like the 2012 is out of stock already, so...? Good Luck
  5. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    I'm one of these people that really doesn't see the SSD magic and I am perfectly happy with my HDD iMac (2.9-3.6Ghz i5, GT 750m) but I'd still recommend the 2012 model for you. You get a dedicated GPU (as well as 512MB of VRAM) and an SSD. The CPU performance is not a massive difference.
  6. natedg200202 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    Thanks everyone for the advice. We bought the older 2012 with Fusion drive last night.

    I can't wait to get it setup for her. I think the speed difference and larger screen is going to blow her mind.
  7. Fietsbel macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Well chosen! , she will love the machine!

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