Imac 2012 vs 2013

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dice23, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. dice23 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
    Hello I am looking to buy an imac, something that will last me 3-4 years. I am a graphic designer, I work with Web + Print. These are the two models I am looking at:

    27 inch
    Originally released October 2012
    3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)
8GB memory
1TB Fusion Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB

    September 2013

    3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)
    8GB memory
    3TB Fusion drive1
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics processor with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
    Built-in FaceTime HD camera

    On both these machines I will upgrade the ram to 16GB.

    To me I feel like the 2012 model should suffice, but I really don't know what to think nor how I feel about buying older technology. Please let me know what you think.
  2. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I've actually owned both machines in those exact CPU/GPU/RAM configs. I originally bought the 2013, but had to return it due to the USB audio issues. I picked up a 2012 refurb and noticed 0 difference in day-to-day stuff, audio work, and the few games that I play. I saved quite a bit of money going with a refurbished 2012.
  3. chukronos macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    Colleyville, TX
    I have that exact config 2012. I am a heavy photoshop CC (2014) user and it works great. I love it! A lot of my actions are gpu intensive.
  4. dice23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014

    Thanks for your replies!! I ended up ordering the 2013 setup, I figured the $300 difference is worth a 4gb Graphics card, what do you think?

    Also, do you run more than one screen on the 2012 Imac, and does it run games smoothly?

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