timh

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Somewhere in 2018 i’m going to buy a 27’’ imac to replace my 24’’ model which is about 10 years old.
I’ve done some reading her on the forum and i think i should go for the 512SSD option.
Is there anything else i should consider?
My use:
Non professional
Photo editing
Low level adobe photoshop and illustrator
Hd video editing.

Probably nothing shocking for even the base model but i am planning to get an other 10 years out of the new machine if pissible.
Might one of the better options graphics card be usefull to run the retina screen with the high probability of 4k streaming becoming more mainstream in the near future?

Is there somthing worth waiting for expected in 2018?

I look forward to your opinions and input.
 

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Is there somthing worth waiting for expected in 2018

mainstream six core chips.

https://www.anandtech.com/show/1186...ation-coffee-lake-hex-core-desktop-processors

Previously, Intel and Apple expected you to pay quite handsomely for the privilege of running a Xeon, but in a years time?

4K streaming is technically a solved problem, with Kaby Lake's HEVC acceleration. No need for a discrete card...

but yes, if you want to run triple A video games at 5K resolution, the Radeon Pro 580 won't be enough.
 

timh

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mainstream six core chips.

https://www.anandtech.com/show/1186...ation-coffee-lake-hex-core-desktop-processors

Previously, Intel and Apple expected you to pay quite handsomely for the privilege of running a Xeon, but in a years time?

4K streaming is technically a solved problem, with Kaby Lake's HEVC acceleration. No need for a discrete card...

but yes, if you want to run triple A video games at 5K resolution, the Radeon Pro 580 won't be enough.
Thanks for that insight. I guess I will see what 2018 brings.
The only gaming I do is nfs most wanted so no need for extra graphics there I guess.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Somewhere in 2018 i’m going to buy a 27’’ imac to replace my 24’’ model which is about 10 years old.
I’ve done some reading her on the forum and i think i should go for the 512SSD option.
Is there anything else i should consider?
My use:
Non professional
Photo editing
Low level adobe photoshop and illustrator
Hd video editing.

Probably nothing shocking for even the base model but i am planning to get an other 10 years out of the new machine if pissible.
Might one of the better options graphics card be usefull to run the retina screen with the high probability of 4k streaming becoming more mainstream in the near future?

Is there somthing worth waiting for expected in 2018?

I look forward to your opinions and input.

6 core chips as standard from intel and possibly better AMD graphics cards for 2018, when in 2018 is another matter entirely.
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Thanks for that insight. I guess I will see what 2018 brings.
The only gaming I do is nfs most wanted so no need for extra graphics there I guess.

No need for ruinning a game at 5k either run at 1440p and it'll look fantastic and not fry your GPU, native 5k gaming is tough for any card on the market.
 
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Fishrrman

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OP asks:
"Might one of the better options graphics card be usefull to run the retina screen with the high probability of 4k streaming becoming more mainstream in the near future?"

I believe that for 4k video, full support (that means decoding support on the CPU chip itself) for video with DRM won't come until the 2018 models are released.

If 4k is important to you, and you can "hold out" just a bit longer, wait for the 2018 iMac release. Should be mid-year.
 
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I am perfectly happy with 1080p res on games. I can run a lot of games in 1440p on my 2015 iMac. I wish I waited for the new one but this machine is perfectly fine.
 
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timh

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Thanks for all the information.
I’ve got a budget for a computer to work on at home. This budget I have to spend in the coming year (2018). Although it is burning in my pocket I think it’s smart to wait and see what the 2018 update brings.
 
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