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Odysee

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Hi all.

I am wanting to upgrade my 2011, 17" MBP to a 27" iMac - could anyone please tell me how much faster this machine is compared to the one I have? and is the graphics card much better in the newer machine? as I'd like to hopefully play World of Warcraft and Second Life with no lag.. lol.

http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/buy-mac/imac

Thanks!
 

Samuelsan2001

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It will be not that much better purely CPU wise however better graphics faster ram etc will be big bonus. I will say though that to feel that performance, you will want a fusion drive or a SSD option not the basic system with a spinning hard drive.

I honestly can't recommend anyone buy a computer without some sort of flash storage, it's such a bottleneck just using a spinning hard drive.
 

Odysee

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It will be not that much better purely CPU wise however better graphics faster ram etc will be big bonus. I will say though that to feel that performance, you will want a fusion drive or a SSD option not the basic system with a spinning hard drive.

I honestly can't recommend anyone buy a computer without some sort of flash storage, it's such a bottleneck just using a spinning hard drive.

So you would recommend paying £99 more for the flash option?
 

Samuelsan2001

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So you would recommend paying £99 more for the flash option?

Yes or the 2TB fusion option, unfortunately the 1 TB fusion only has 24gb of flash as a cache it will speed things up a bit but it's not great (better than nothing though) the 2 TB fusion is 128gb flash plus a 2 TB hard drive.

If you decide to go just pure flash storage 256gb and store your media files on an external that can work really well too with the fastest speeds for your OS and you apps.

Flash storage is up to 20 times faster than a normal HDD, it makes a big difference to user experience.
 
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maflynn

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So you would recommend paying £99 more for the flash option?
Get the SSD, especially over the 1TB Fusion drive, which only has 24 GB of flash storage. At least the 2TB Fusion drive contains 128GB of flash storage and that's better but if you can swing it. The SSD is the way to go
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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Hi all.

I am wanting to upgrade my 2011, 17" MBP to a 27" iMac - could anyone please tell me how much faster this machine is compared to the one I have? and is the graphics card much better in the newer machine? as I'd like to hopefully play World of Warcraft and Second Life with no lag.. lol.

http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/buy-mac/imac

Thanks!
If you are buying a Mac solely for gaming, you really should consider upgrading to the R390M, og at least wait for the next iMac upgrade..
 
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Odysee

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I won't be using it for gaming, its mainly for general use and movie editing ☺️

Going to consider the SSD thanks all
 

varian55zx

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The SSD is in a way, a prerequisite. Apple includes it as an 'option', but I would say don't fall for it.

The OS isn't even designed to run on a spinning disk anymore. The MacBook lineup has long since done away with HDDs.

The way the current OS X operates on an HDD is nothing short of disgraceful.
 
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