iMac 27” 2019 Base and Top models

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  1. lucascylau macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2019
    Hi all, I’ll order iMac through corporate plan.

    Regarding both the base and top models of iMac 27”, if both models are upgraded to 512GB SSD, then the price difference between both models is $230.

    In other words, $230 brings:

    1. i5 8600 —> i5 9600k
    2. Radeon Pro 570X 4GB —> 580X 8GB


    1. Is it worth to spend $230 to have the above upgrades?
    2. Further upgrade SSD from 512GB to 1TB costs extra $180. Shall I spend extra $180 to upgrade to 1TB, or to keep 512GB with external SSD?

    Thank you so much for your help!
  2. whosthis macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2008
    For long CPU intensive work the difference is probably small, like < 10%. The change between 8th and 9th generation i5 seems to be small and down to the clock speed. Speaking of clock speed, the top model has both higher base frequency and Turbo Boost, which *might* make the whole system feel more snappy (personally, I care much more about snappiness in everyday tasks than some +/- for asynchronous tasks like rendering).

    570 is not bad, the 580 is better, but still not the greatest of all time. If you do graphics intensive stuff or use an external display, that should go into consideration as well.

    I think the saving is just too little to go with the smaller model (and when you sell it - why should anyone bother to buy a used base model if there will probably be plenty of top models around).

    As for the SSD - how much are you currently using? Are you willing to spend money on an external drive (slower but probably fast enough or really fast and quite expensive)? This comes with additional costs that is often overlooked:
    - it always needs to be connected sitting on your desk (or fixed on the backside)
    - managing data on two volumes may be more troublesome than on one drive
    - one more drive means one more point of failure
    It does come with a couple of positive sides as well...
    - iMac dies => some data still available
    - drive easy to plug into another machine

    Given the latest price reduction on the SSDs by Apple, I went "all in" there as I hope for hassle-free and it was finally justifiable (would have chosen a smaller one the day before the reduction).

    So as always it comes down to what you are doing with the machine. You can talk yourself right into the maxed out i9/Vega48/2TB/128GB, or get the base model and be happy. :)

    Just make sure not to pay for the RAM but get some 3rd party sticks.
  3. Shivetya macrumors 68000

    Jan 16, 2008
    I went with 1TB SSD, why? Because the price increase by percentage was minimal. Plus everyone always claims they will get an external then do the disk space dance to squeeze stuff on internal only. Video card only really matters with games and some video/photo apps but even on the latter it comes down to what do you do for a living?

    Also, consider the refurb shop. I found the price there cheaper than even the discounts from either education or business partner.
  4. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    I think with a desktop having external storage plugged in it only adds some clutter to the desk, that's a call on how you want your working environment to look. However I really don't understand laptop users who get 128GB storage and then state they'll use externals for everything - it is just more to transport around and has an effect on battery life.

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