Imac Upgrades

kaintxu

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 9, 2018
167
73
Edinburgh
Hi,

So we know apple overcharges and we all live with it, but I was looking into finally upgrading my 2011 to a 2019 iMac (been waiting for a while as I Didn't want to get a 2017 ones at this time) and how the hell does Apple price their internal upgrades?

if I get the top end one, thats £2249, cool! This comes with an included i5 9600K (roughly priced at £250/262$) but if I want to upgrade that chip to say the i9 9900K (which I wont be doing as they say it really has a TDP of 140W under load) the bump in price is £360.

How is this even possible when the price difference between both chips is ~£220? are they chargin an extra £140 just for the labour of putting one rather than the main one?
 

familychoice

macrumors member
Mar 5, 2015
44
3
They're very off-putting. I can pay £90 for a 256SSD upgrade, but if I double the storage to 512, the price triples to £270.
 

familychoice

macrumors member
Mar 5, 2015
44
3
Dont even attempt to look at the 1Tb SSD price then !
I just did...ouch!

Apple pricing:

256GB SSD upgrade = £90
512gb SSD upgrade = £270
1tb SSD upgrade = £630

Samsung Evo pricing:

256GB SSD = £52
512gb SSD = £75
1tb SSD = £134

While I don't mind paying a bit more for an Apple drive upgrade (even though you have to factor in you're losing the 1tb Fusion), as I'm presuming it's going to be better quality, what puts me off is their pricing structure. Samsung Evo knock a little bit off as you increase the amount of storage, so if you double the storage it's just under double the price.

Whereeas doubling the storage from the Apple 256 option results in tripling the price. And if I went for the 1tb upgrade it's exactly 7 times more expensive as the 256gb drive. So four times more storage, but seven times the price.

That's nuts.
 

dazlicous

macrumors 6502a
Jun 2, 2011
903
198
Manchester
I just did...ouch!

Apple pricing:

256GB SSD upgrade = £90
512gb SSD upgrade = £270
1tb SSD upgrade = £630

Samsung Evo pricing:

256GB SSD = £52
512gb SSD = £75
1tb SSD = £134

While I don't mind paying a bit more for an Apple drive upgrade (even though you have to factor in you're losing the 1tb Fusion), as I'm presuming it's going to be better quality, what puts me off is their pricing structure. Samsung Evo knock a little bit off as you increase the amount of storage, so if you double the storage it's just under double the price.

Whereeas doubling the storage from the Apple 256 option results in tripling the price. And if I went for the 1tb upgrade it's exactly 7 times more expensive as the 256gb drive. So four times more storage, but seven times the price.

That's nuts.
Crazy ino but you just have to really suck it up. Basically they got you by the short n curlies unless your brave enough to open up a brand new 3k iMac up
 

esk

macrumors member
Sep 26, 2016
77
239
yes I feel you. I think the pricing for the iMacs is ok, but they really start to get extremely overpriced if you start upgrading them. The only upgrade I think that is worth the money is the 120€ jump from fusion drive to 256GB SSD. All other upgrades are extremely overpriced and not worth it.
 

kaintxu

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 9, 2018
167
73
Edinburgh
I just did...ouch!

Apple pricing:

256GB SSD upgrade = £90
512gb SSD upgrade = £270
1tb SSD upgrade = £630

Samsung Evo pricing:

256GB SSD = £52
512gb SSD = £75
1tb SSD = £134

While I don't mind paying a bit more for an Apple drive upgrade (even though you have to factor in you're losing the 1tb Fusion), as I'm presuming it's going to be better quality, what puts me off is their pricing structure. Samsung Evo knock a little bit off as you increase the amount of storage, so if you double the storage it's just under double the price.

Whereeas doubling the storage from the Apple 256 option results in tripling the price. And if I went for the 1tb upgrade it's exactly 7 times more expensive as the 256gb drive. So four times more storage, but seven times the price.

That's nuts.
Take into account that's with the mid tier 27", so you are replacing a 1TB fusion. If you go to the high tier, which comes stock with a 2TB fusio:

512GB = £90
1TB= £360

What is most incredible is that the 2TB Fusion is classed as a £180 upgrade from the 1TB Fusion, which I think is quite crazy
 

macduke

macrumors G4
Jun 27, 2007
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Dont even attempt to look at the 1Tb SSD price then !
Yeah I bought the 2TB SSD and am basically burning money I hate myself why do I do this lol.

Maybe because I always regretted the 512GB in my MacBook Pro? But this is a desktop. I’ve been looking at M.2 SSD RAID enclosures and I could add 4TB for around $570. The benefit to the internal is that it always stays mounted (which is sometimes a trouble for syncing Dropbox on externals) and it’s like six times faster.