Have a 2012 Air - Buy 2009 iMac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MathiasVH, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. MathiasVH macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2009
    Hi everyone
    I've got a 2012 MBA. I'm thinking of buying a used 2009 iMac (either the i5 2.66GHz or, more probable, the i7 2.8GHz), installing a SSD and upgrading the RAM to 16/32GB to compliment my MBA. Should I be able to see great performance differences, being Quad Core and with dedicated graphics, in spite of the age of the machine?

    Best regards
  2. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I have a 2012 11" i7 MBA and the late 2009 2.8GHz i7 iMac. Even with an HDD, the iMac outperforms the MBA quite handily. I use CS6 apps quite a lot and the MBA really strains to run them under load; the iMac is the better machine for that application.

    Unfortunately, it's hard to travel with a 50-pound iMac under your arm. That's where the 11" MBA excels.

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