How will this iMac perform?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Aristor, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Aristor macrumors member

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    Hello, I had a few questions about how a 27" iMac would perform.
    3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    2560 x 1440 resolution
    12GB (two 2GB + two 4GB) memory
    1TB hard drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB
    (Windows 7 64 bit in bootcamp for gaming)

    1) In what resolution do movies, music videos, and tv shows downloaded from itunes play in?

    2) How are the speakers in the iMac? Will I get that weird buzzing sound or hear breaks in audio? (especially while my computer is handling a lot)

    3) Do 27" iMacs ever overheat?

    4) What is Thunderbolt? (I understand it's a cord to connect 2 things together, but what exactly does it connect?)

    5) How will that iMac run Guild Wars 2 and Skyrim? (Settings/Framerate)

    Thanks!
     
  2. MatthewAMEL macrumors 6502

    MatthewAMEL

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    1) In what resolution do movies, music videos, and tv shows downloaded from itunes play in?

    iTunes offers SD and 720p HD content. Depends on the individual show/movie. Audio is 256 AAC. That's for purchased content. iTunes has no problem playing 1080p HD

    2) How are the speakers in the iMac? Will I get that weird buzzing sound or hear breaks in audio? (especially while my computer is handling a lot)

    No buzzing or cracking, but I don't use the built-in speakers. I have a set of HK Sound Sticks. I love them.


    3) Do 27" iMacs ever overheat?

    Not unless there is something wrong with the hardware.

    4) What is Thunderbolt? (I understand it's a cord to connect 2 things together, but what exactly does it connect?)

    Essentially a way to move the PCIe bus outside the computer. Allows ultra high speed devices. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)

    5) How will that iMac run Guild Wars 2 and Skyrim? (Settings/Framerate)

    I run Skyrim (Win7 64-bit) in 'high' at native resolution on my 2009 27" i7 iMac. Framerates are perfectly smooth.
     
  3. Aristor thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, 1 other thing, will the 27" iMac I listed be compatible with this RAM upgrade?

    8GB Apple iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 (21.5-inch - DDR3) Mid 2010 Desktop/PC Memory Upgrade

    http://www.crucial.com/mac/index.aspx

    If not can you recommend a similarly priced model that is compatible?

    Thanks!
     
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

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