Does your 290 graphics card work good ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Totally Bored, Jul 15, 2015.


Do you wish you bought the 295 ?

  1. Yes

    2 vote(s)
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
  1. Totally Bored macrumors member

    Totally Bored

    Jun 29, 2015
    Does your 290 graphics card on your IMac 5k work good and what do you do with your machine ?
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    What is more importantly, what do YOU intend to do with the computer? Then people that have similar uses can give you their impressions.
  3. Totally Bored, Jul 15, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2015

    Totally Bored thread starter macrumors member

    Totally Bored

    Jun 29, 2015


    Multitrack recording with Cubase
    Light Video editing.

    I'm a musician and I record gigs on a Zoom Q3. In the past I've been editing the videos with CuteCut Pro on my IPad.

    Very curious about the 290 and if people are happy with it and what they do with it and does it have loud fan noise etc.etc.

    I read so much about heat and fan noise of the 295 and it costs $250 more. I don't need noise when I record vocals although iMac noise is probably a lot less then PC fan noise. How loud is your 295 fan noise people and does it only kick on during gaming and is it quiet during normal operation ?
  4. Berlepsch, Jul 16, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2015

    Berlepsch macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    People often overestimate the influence of the GPU on day-to-day computing. Where the high-end models really excel is the creation of complex 3D scenes used in the latest games and some specialist applications (e.g. large CAD models). If these applications are outside your usage scenario, buying the 295 model is basically a waste of money. The 290 model is absolutely OK for the usual desktop needs.

    My iMac with the 290 runs perfectly well for my (non-gaming) purposes, and it runs cool and silent nearly all of the time. Some people are complaining about "horrible" UI lag and stuttering when opening Mission Control, but honestly I never noticed it myself.
  5. psychonaut macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I have the 290 and no regrets. It's silent most of the time except when I'm doing heavy editing.

    Most of my time is spent in FCX editing for my YT channel but I also use Screenflow on the iMac as well as a few other capture applications.

    No regrets going with the 290. Seems snappy to me and never thought "gee I wish I had the 295". I'm actually happy I've got what I have as it seems pretty quiet most of the time and keeps the heat levels down pretty well
  6. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    When the fan is below 1200 rpm, which is most of the time when you're not solving [strike]massive systems of linear equations[/strike] playing games, my imac (i5/m290x) is mostly silent. If it's much above 1500 rpm, it's audible. 1750 rpm, it's loud.

    The Heaven benchmark, with the music off, is pretty loud.

    (Your office environment and ears may vary)

    The "horrible UI lag", when it appears, is associated with transparency effects, and those can be toggled through the Accessibility control panel.
    I'm not sure if the m295 is happy with the fan at 1200 rpm. It may well be.

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