My perspective may be a little different than the enthusiasts and gamers that seem to be the most active on this forum. I use my Macs almost exclusively for graphic design, and I couldnt be happier with the retina iMac I received today. Ive been using a 2012 rMBP, usually docked to the 27 LED cinema display, with all of Adobes apps. After reading on here, I started second guessing that I didnt max out the processor and graphic card. I merely upgraded to a 512GB SSD and ordered my own RAM. I ordered the base rMBP in 2012 and that has served me really well. In fact, I could keep using it, but I wanted the 27 retina screen. Its glorious. And I havent taxed it yet. Navigating large documents in InDesign is buttery smooth and as sharp as the printed page. The detail and experience of using Photoshop is just amazing. Sometimes I have PS files over 1 GB and it doesnt choke. Im only a dabbler in 3D and After Effects, which I know would benefit from the upgraded components. Mostly I just use Photoshop all day. If thats where youre at, the base model is more than enough. I remember when the rMBP came out and Adobes apps werent updated and it was a fuzzy mess and stuff didnt work. Totally different story this time. Everything works perfect. Thanks to Adobe for really turning it around the past few years. (using CC by the way) My ONLY minor complaint is that I can sort of hear the fan. I work in almost complete silence so its easy to notice. Its not bad at all, Im just used to the rMBP sitting off to the side in complete silence. Im already getting used it. I did try some video compression just to see if I could get the fans to rev up and I could hardly notice. Overall, really impressed to see Apple's leadership and innovation on this.