Returning it and getting what you want is the difference between 1700 and $2,549.00. Plus tax.
NOT WORTH IT. At those upper ends the iMac only makes sense for people who need the extra power. Gaming is not in the function set of an iMac and not a legitimate need for that power.
BTW...I am running Bioshock on the same model you have it its fine. Games do vary.
Gaming is something that needs the extra power, and you can of course game on a mac Perfectly legitimate reason. My 21.5" iMac with a 750m (far off the m295X in the 5K iMac) runs GTA V at 1080p, 60fps with settings set to normal and high, and a few things on very high (such as water, AF and AO) but with no AA.
Clearly, Macs are not made for gaming primarily, but as a secondary use, the is absolutely no reason to why they can't and as long as you have a dedicated GPU, they will run just fine!
I am not a hardcore Gamer. I still have my PC with Titan X Water Cooled.. but thats the problem i dont play games very much so I am selling it.. I already have Imac 5k with 290X and well at 1080P few games Ive tried not to bad 40fps. I am just trying to see if the 295X is that big of a jump since I will have to pay around $2500 to get that config.. and I only got $1700 in my config. Alot of people says 295X throttles so much that its not worth the premium. Just trying to get some feedback
I just switched over to MAC i got a deal on mid 2014 with i5 and 290x 1tb fusion for $1700 from Bestbuy. I game some.. how much faster is the 295X in gaming i read its slower because it throttles in Windows..
Thanks ahead for any insight
I like to see some benchmarks from 290x and 295Xx with a few games. trying to justify the premium to get 295x
M295X is AMD Tonga architecure GPU.. it uses memory bandwidth a lot more efficiently. So it allows either higher resolutions or better textures but in addition it has also about 35% more raw computing power.. and extra 2GB of GDDR5. So it depends on your workload. Windows drivers are probably badly optimized because only Apple uses the chip atm. Don't know about its future.
However $1700 is so much cheaper...
Keep in mind that the i7 in the retina iMac is also a Devil's Canyon 4790K. So it can be very powerful too, aside from the mobile GPU (max you can go is Tonga, M295X. I've yet to experience much heat and throttling issues with it though).fathergll Ive got offers for 2k for my pc rig.. but its extemly power.. i7 4790k 16gig Ram Intel 750 400gig PCI Express SSD Titan X video card water cooled and Samsung 4k 40" Curved Monitor. 1300 watt Power Supply. I just dont use it much and enjoy the compact of imac 27
fathergll Ive got offers for 2k for my pc rig.. but its extemly power.. i7 4790k 16gig Ram Intel 750 400gig PCI Express SSD Titan X video card water cooled and Samsung 4k 40" Curved Monitor. 1300 watt Power Supply. I just dont use it much and enjoy the compact of imac 27
I was personally contemplating getting the i7 and the 295X, and after about a month of research and looking at benchmarks I realised that the extra power and extra cash is only wasted since the amount of time that I would ever need that much power (i7 and 295X) would be less than a few hours a month.
I think it all comes down to how much of the time you spend on your computer will you NEED the extra power. Rendering etc.
If this was a computer for work, maybe I would get it just to be on the safe side, but since this is my daily machine that I do everything from music to mail, and sometimes some Dota 2, there is no need to pay the extra 700usd (350usd per upgrade here in Sweden). For the i7 and the 295X I was looking at 3,000USD WITH student discount.
A fellow Swede here who's sort of in the same boat as you are. I have been back and forth at the CPU/GPU options for a week or so but considering these are some of the specs you can never upgrade I've decided to bite the bullet and add i7 and 295X to my cart. Reason is that it's not like things get slimmed/trimmed down with each OS upgrade, (as with iOS and every other OS) the system has to carry even more load and features and CPU/GPU can never be upgraded. The iMac 5K I am opting for I expect to run as my main machine for at least 5 years or so and have learned that better safe than sorry makes wonders with blood pressure =)