Just bought a late 2015 iMac 27" retina

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EnesM, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. EnesM macrumors 6502

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    I've been holding off the purchase for some time now, hoping for a better graphics card, but mostly for TB3, USB 3.1, full hardware 4K 10bit HEVC decoding.

    But, apart from the gpu, everything else depends on Intel now, and since they pretty much have monopoly CPUs they're not really in a hurry to get new technologies on board. I think Kaby Lake is what Skylake should have been, but anyways...I figured I can't wait forever and took the plunge.

    I'm saying all this because I know there are many potential buyers who are like me, always holding off until that next Apple keynote only to be dissapointed.

    Well, trust me, if you buy it now you wont be. I just got a late 2015 27" iMac, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4Ghz, 395 gpu.

    After spending countless hours on these forums I was pretty scared at what's in store, from heat issues to other common stuff people complain about here.

    Well, I can tell you, I was pleasantly surprised in every possible way.

    - the screen is beatiful
    - the machine is dead silent
    - I installed Windows 10 for my kids to play games, no problems there, works perfect, and still silent.
    - Sound is really good when you consider the thin design, coming from a laptop I can finally hear the bass lol
    - this one is interesting: people have complained that 4K video playback is choppy. Well I've tried everything I had in my library: 4K HEVC 8bit, 10bit, 4K H264, and it played them perfectly. When I have time I'll try playing the files for a longer period to see whether the fans ramp up, that's the one thing I really hate in computers (hence the iMac in the first place).

    I'm yet to try Final Cut Pro and Photshop to see how it handles those.

    So for all of you guys afraid of the 4ghz heat and noise, don't be unless your daily tasks are always cpu intensive, I'm sure that's where you might here the fan.
     
  2. boomvader macrumors newbie

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    Agreed! I purchased the i7, 395x, 1TB SSD, upgraded to 64GB. This thing flies! I am running 4 virtual machines via Parallels, several browser tabs, charging multiple devices, driving the 5k monitor, plus 2 Thunderbolt displays, and watching a movie without a hiccup or any fan noise. This purchase fit my needs perfectly!
     
  3. Ticocg59 macrumors member

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    I bought a 27" also in January, only 8 meg ram but 2 Terabites storage. Silent,cool and fast. Transferred my Carbonite account over to the new machine , very happy..
     
  4. czerney macrumors member

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    Very jealous! my desktop is a 8 year old dell optiplex hand-me-down from work. for me getting an imac is as likely as a lotto win
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Congrats, I'm also very happy with windows running on the iMac. Its a tad slower for me, as I have the Fusion drive, so windows is installed on the hard drive.
     
  6. EnesM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I avoided the Fusion drive because of boot camp Windows...
     
  7. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    The pricier versions of winclone offer the promise of booting windows from an external drive. I'm tempted to replace my current bootcamp setup with an inexpensive USB3 SSD. Has anybody had much success with this option?
     
  8. EnesM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'd suggest getting someone to install an internal SSD for you, and they are quite affordable now. The capacity is also getting better, the new EVO is 2TB! That's pretty exciting, and I'm thinking of one day adding that one to my 512GB.
     
  9. Ferc Kast macrumors regular

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    I've been looking at reviews for a couple weeks about gaming with the 5k iMac since my HP laptop is on its last legs. So, it's nice to see an actual user's review compared to the standard tech industry reviews. I was previously worried about the fan in it for gaming, but looks like I have nothing to worry about after all.

    I do have a question, though, having never gone the Mac route before. Is it possible to install more RAM / internal storage on the iMac post-purchase or is that something I'll have to configure to my expected needs when buying it?
     
  10. EnesM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Its way cheaper to do it post purchase, both RAM and SSD. RAM used to be easy to upgrade, not sure now. I'd highly recommend having a specialist do it though, as it involves various tools, glue, etc (at least for SSD it does).

    Check out ifixit, they have tutorials for everything.

    As for gaming, if you really intend to play latest titles you might be dissapointed.

    It is not a gaming machine, but games can be played.

    My kids have been playing Sims 4 at full 5K resolution, no problem, but that is not a really heavy game on GPU I suppose. The fan is just audible after a certain period but still quiet compared to my very powerful desktop PC I used to own and other laptops.
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    By the way, you can find good deals on ebay, custom iMacs with lots of RAM and SSD capacity, cheaper than Apple because they upgrade themselves and then sell. I found one with 64GB RAM and 5TB SSD!!!
     
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    Today I get my new complete and I am very happy for now (except Bluetooth keyboard issue):

    I bought also UP2715K Dell 5K Monitor :)

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  15. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    I'm scared, knowing my luck I'd buy one today and then read tomorrow "Apple quietly updates iMac line"
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    Nice secondary monitor, little too expensive for my tastes.
     
  16. Noltimm macrumors member

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    My last one (iMac i7 4850 512Mb) died 14 days ago and this was must buy for me...

    I get it for 660€ (new one), opened package without power cable and 3 years warranty... :)
     
  17. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    If that happened to me I'd be silently weeping all the way to the Apple Store. So close to the next update, but having to settle.
     
  18. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I also recently went with a 4GHz i7 / 32GB / 1TB SSD / R395X to replace my 2014 5K and am very satisfied with it.

    I am a bit skeptical we will see Kaby Lake and the next gen GPUs in the late 2016 refresh. I do expect we will see TB3 and USB-C, but I can wait until the late 2017 refresh for them (along with new CPU and GPU architectures).
     
  19. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    No chance of an update to the iMacs until October, so no need for the OP to be sad.
     
  20. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    I was referring to the MacBook Pro line. The OP did good with the iMac.
     

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