is 1.4gz iMac as underpowered as it sounds ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dazed, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    the difference between a higher end mini and the lowend iMac is not that much.

    The iMac specs sounds really wimpy though. Is there something I'm missing or is it really that underpowered ?
  2. FreemanW macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2012
    The Real Northern California
    You're missing nothing. That is a sad piece of hardware and one long frustrating experience.

    It has all the makings of a one and done purchase history.
  3. jji7skyline macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
    I made a topic a while ago talking about just how bad it was, compared to my 2011 iMac which was only $100 more in retail price.

    2011 iMac
    QuadCore i5 @ 2.5Ghz
    4GB (upgraded to 12GB) RAM
    500GB 7200RPM HDD
    Radeon HD 6750M
    1080p display

    2014 iMac
    DualCore i5 @ 1.4Ghz
    8GB (non-upgradeable)
    500GB 5400RPM HDD
    Intel 5000
    1080p display

    In comparison, the 2011 is around 20% faster in multi-core, but the 2014 is marginally faster in single-core.

    More and faster RAM.

    HDD is slower speed, but also smaller size, hence higher density, meaning performance difference will be minute.

    2011 has slightly higher-performing graphics card, which can also be overclocked in Windows quite easily and well.

    In summary, yes the iMac is underpowered. It's only $100 cheaper than what the base-model iMacs used to be but around the same speed. Note that the 2011 iMac is nearly 4 years old already, so it's really inexcusable.

    I personally would either get the 2.7Ghz iMac if affordable, or buy second-hand. You can get a very nicely specced older iMac for the same price as the current base model. Even an older 27" is within your reach.

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