Help choosing between 2 used iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JackP, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. JackP macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2009
    I have the option from my company to buy a used

    Mac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)
    3.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon R9 M290 2048 MB
    More specs


    iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
    3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2048 MB
    More Specs

    The 2015 is obviously a year+ newer model and has a Retina Display. The 2013 is .1Ghz faster. Im not sure if there are any other differences I should be aware of. Both are being offered at the same price.
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Go with the newer model. The difference in CPU will never be noticed in real time.
  3. wardie macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    Newer model for the Retina display it is lovey - although check were there not some issues with the ones when they first came out? Not sure exactly what that was.
  4. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
    Mac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)
    3.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon R9 M290 2048 MB

    ALL DAY!
  5. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    What are you going to use it for?

    But as the others have said, I would go with the mid 2015 simply for the retina display and newer internals.
  6. alien3dx, Oct 28, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018

    alien3dx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2017
    for a company its weird to buy second one and bad depreciation year. Buy refurbish after 30th event.Too risky if something happen.

    Unless what you mean is the company sold to you because 3 year depreciation net book value 0 or 5 years with x price. Need to check the price first. If around 500 dollar why not.
  7. mikehalloran, Oct 28, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018

    mikehalloran macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley
    --- Post Merged, Oct 28, 2018 ---
    No it's not.

    2015 is a no-brainer.

    A 2015 has a PCIe 3x4 buss. Although Apple installed a PCIe 2 blade in the SSD and Fusion drives, it can take an NVMe PCIe 3x4 blade. You can install a 970 EVO into that slot with an adapter and turn it into a screaming fast machine. Essentially a 2017 with TB 2 ports. The 2T 970 lists for $579 ($499 on eBay) and smaller is available. The adapter runs $6 on eBay; $13 on Amazon.

    A 2013-14 has a PCIe 2 buss.

    The 2015 has a Retina display; the 2013 model does not.
  8. JackP thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Sounds like the choice is clear for the 2015.

    mikehalloran just touched on my next question regarding upgrading the HD to an SSD.
    I will start a new thread with that question

    Thanks guys

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