Last year's 27" discounted - a good deal??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by realmford, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. realmford macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    I have the opportunity through a corporate discount to get:

    Apple - 27" iMac® with Retina 5K display - Intel Core i5 (3.5GHz) - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - White. It has the AMD Radeon 290x.

    It would cost about $1680. Is this a good deal? The description says the 1TB hard drive is the fusion with the 128gb flash. A new 27'' with the 2TB fusion would run me $2100, so this is substantial savings over the late 2015 model.

    For my needs I'm just doing light gaming, internet, photo storage, apps, etc. Nothing hardcore - I originally thought the 21.5'' late 2015 would be perfect for me but to add the fusion with 128GB flash would run me the same price as this one - so is this a no brainer??
     
  2. Fishrrman, Nov 28, 2015
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    Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    You should be aware that ANY 5k iMac with only a platter-based HDD inside isn't going to be that fast. See possible solution below.

    Important:
    The 1tb fusion drive in LAST year's iMac is an ok buy (it has a 128gb drive for the SSD portion), BUT, the 1tb fusion drive for THIS year's iMac IS NOT such a good buy, because the SSD in its fusion drive only yields 24gb of usable space...

    A possible alternative that would make the deal above workable:
    You can buy the iMac with only an internal HDD, but I sense you're going to be back here afterwards asking, "how can I make this thing go faster?"

    A very easy and affordable workaround would be to buy a "bare" 2.5" SSD of your choice (I just saw a Sandisk 240gb today for $55 at dealnews.com), and put it into a USB3 enclosure that supports UASP (USB attached SCSI protocol). This would give you read speeds around 430mbps and writes around 330mbps.
    Quite fast for day-to-day use, very workable.

    Aside:
    The speeds from the PCIe-mounted SSDs in the new iMacs are about 3 times as fast, however.
     
  3. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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  4. realmford thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Definitely looks like the fusion drive - description says
    OS X YosemiteTechnical details: 4th Gen Intel® Core? i5 processor; 27" display; 8GB memory; 1TB Fusion DriveSpecial features: Built-in wireless networking; Bluetooth; webcamNote: DVD/CD drive not included


    and Features state:
    • 2-in-1 Fusion Drive provides both size and speed Incorporates a large-capacity 1TB hard drive for ample storage, with a 128GB flash module as a cache to speed up start times and accelerate frequently accessed data.

    Might pull the trigger!
     
  5. desmond2046 macrumors regular

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    Good deal if it is indeed 1TB Fusion drive with 128Gb flash
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm happy with my 5k iMac and its 2TB fusion drive. Yes, normal drives can be slow, but thanks to the flash storage, I'm getting some nice performance out the computer :)

    Do I wish that I upgraded to the SSD? Not really, the price premium for the 512GB SSD was more then I was willing to pay, and the 256GB SSD was too small for my needs. For the first time in many years, I have sufficient storage to hold all my data on the internal storage instead of using slower external drives.
     
  7. makrom macrumors regular

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    Unless I'm wrong, there was no 2014 model without FD. The downsized mid 2015 had a HDD, but since it has a M290X GPU as well as a 3.5GHz CPU, it needs to be the 2014 model. Definitely a good price for a new one. Doesn't lack that much compared to this year's top tier non BTO model.
     
  8. jerwin, Nov 28, 2015
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    jerwin macrumors 65816

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    It's a good computer for the price. It's quite a bit better than the m380/hard drive/3.2 Ghz mac, which is what Apple sells at that price point. Shopping on black friday weekend is always a bit tricky though.

    I have one and I have no complaints--other than the fact that I could always use a faster graphics card (games!) The "what if I need more than 8GB" feeling is easily assuaged by the user accessible ram slots. The only disadvantage is the display, which apparently lacks the color gamut of the new ones.
     

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