Is this another one of my stupid ideas?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ChesneyHawkes, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. ChesneyHawkes macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2012
    I'm thinking of ordering a maxed out 27inch iMac the day before the announcement for the new Haswell ones. If this goes to plan I hope I'll be given the choice of which machine I want. I find that once the new ones come out you can only get the old ones on refurb (not available in my country) so I'd like to hedge my bets.

    Benefits if this works out are I may get the older one at a discount (maybe!), I can get the newer one sooner as I'll be at the front of the queue (probably not) and I can see if they maintain a dedicated graphics card or not.

    Negative is that if I follow the rumors incorrectly I'll end up with the 2012 machine instead of the 2013 one!

    Processing power is unlikely to be that much greater than the previous generation, and I will be using Target Disk Mode with a 2013 MBA so internal drive speed won't be a major issue either. I just can't shake the feeling they could drop the dedicated graphics card.

    Your opinions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  2. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    Sounds like a giant waste of time to me, but then again, I'm sure something like this might be amusing to you.
  3. omvs, Aug 14, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013

    omvs macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    I'd be very surprised if they dropped the dedicated GPU on the 27" iMac. *Maybe* on the 21", but even that would seems unlikely. There's just too big a performance gap.

    The 680m is the 2012 is pretty powerful, and even the 6970 in my 2011 iMac seems to clobber the intel solutions. Check out this chart:,3107-7.html

    EDIT: This might be even better - shows the Intel 5000 solutions. They're better than the 4000 series, but still a long ways down:
  4. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I don't think there is much chance of them dropping the discrete GPU, certainly not in the maxed out config. That said, the current 680MX is pretty much the same as the 780M. Unless there is a 780MX lurking in the future, a haswell iMac may not be much different than what we have now.
  5. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    But how would you know the date of the announcement? Just because its announce doesn't mean it will be available that day.

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