Late 2015 iMac Core i7 M395X 1TB SSD

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  1. Daisy81, Jan 19, 2016
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    I realize that this iMac is super expensive and was approaching Mac Pro territory.

    I got it over the Mac Pro because it comes with the 5K monitor and the new keyboard and minimal extra for the new trackpad.

    The screen is amazing. My boyfriend has the 2014 iMac Retina base from before they introduced the lower priced iMac Retina. It looked amazing but it looks even better on mine because it's for me to use. I know that sounds silly but it's true. The first thing I noticed was just how sharp it is compared to my 1080P Dell monitor I have sitting next to it for my Mac Mini. That monitor never looked bad right up until I powered on the iMac. Now it looks blurry in comparison.

    I like the new trackpad a lot. It is a huge improvement over the previous version of the track pad. I can even use it on the couch now to drive my 2.5GHz 2012 Mac Mini in the living room for web browsing and stuff beyond the Apple TV 4's capabilities. That has got me thinking I am going to buy another trackpad specifically for the living room.

    The new wireless keyboard has more clicks keys with less travel. I don't feel the membrane under the keys anymore. Interestingly enough it's almost like a mechanical keyboard because the lack of travel doesn't require as much pressure. I say almost because there is still the issue of impact on the keys because you have to press the keys all the way down to register but since you don't have to press as hard anymore the effect is noticeably better.

    I opted for the 1TB SSD because of the uncompromising speed of it. Because there is no (Corrected)7200 RPM drive I don't have to have some programs start instantly and some that bounce a few times before starting. It provides more consistent speed.

    My 2.3GHz Core i7 Mac Mini has a 250GB SSD as the SSD portion of the Fusion Drive. It handles the slow down issue a lot better then the 128GB that Apple sticks in their 2TB and 3TB Fusion drives. I would probably been willing to go with a Fusion Drive if it where at least 250GB in the iMac. Since I can't open the iMac without voiding my warranty I decided to spend the money now so I am not spending more later trying to upgrade it.

    The sound of the fan in the iMac is more noticeable in the iMac then the Mac Mini but of a lower pitch. I'm not sure how exactly they did it but the sound of the fan is not as aggravating as the sound in the Mac Mini. That is saying a lot because the Mac Mini fan sound wasn't bad to begin with.

    I can't say enough how awesome this machine is. Anyone here that knows me knows I love my 5930K machine but I'm going to have to upgrade it's monitors to some curved ultra wide screens in order to be able to look at the image output after seeing this 5K screen.
     
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    There's no 5400rpm drive in that 27" iMac anyway, so you should update your post to 7200rpm :)
     
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    Yeah you're right. But 7200RPM is still majorly slow. It's like you're going fast on a speed boat and then drop the boat anchor.

    The point is I didn't want it since I can't upgrade it down the road easily with a intact warranty.
     
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    I agree, just stated for the sake of correctness
     
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    Good to hear that you are enjoying your new iMac :)

    How much RAM is in the machine?
     
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    I have 16 in it right now. I was thinking of putting in another 16 later but then I heard it can use 2133MHz DDR3 RAM so I think I am going to go all out and put in 64GB of 2133 RAM. I have to wait a little while though for my pocketbook to recover.
     
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    Daisy Apple changed the screens with better quality panels with wider colour gamut and better technology it is better than your boyfriends.
     
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    I had not realized that they improved the display. That is quite a bonus but the 2014 retina display is still very nice. I am very happy with this machine. It runs iMovie, Photoshop, Premiere, garageband and VMWare Fusion very well. Even with all the other little utility programs I have open in the background.

    My only gripe is I want a matching second monitor.
     
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    I'm getting mine today.. Excited to set it up. I have 8GB RAM in it right now, didn't upgrade it thru Apple. But I do plan on using 2133 RAM too, going for 24GB RAM though.
     
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    I bet you are. I was watching the FedEx tracking page and greeted the FedEx delivery man at his truck in the freezing cold to get it in the house as quickly as possible. It was all I could do to not turn it on right away and give it time to warm up and avoid condensation issues.

    I love the screen. The keyboard and trackpad are a joy. The software is very responsive. I tried out the 4K video with our 4K Sony HandyCam with optical image stabilizer and I'm happy that it is nearly as response as my desktop but able to see the full 4K without having to scale the image. Overall I'm willing to let it do the editing and then pass it over to the desktop for rendering.
     
  11. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Are you saying you're going to add in 16Gb of 2133 RAM? You probably know already, but that mix will drop your 2133 RAM down to the 1867 that came with your iMac.
     
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    Yeah.. I'm aware. I wasn't going to mix it. I read on the forum that it does what you mention.
     
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    UPS is bringing mine... I was gonna do a pick up, but I had prior arrangements this morning. So, I figured why go through all the hassle & pick it up. Where the UPS CC is located has construction nearby & traffic is a mess there.

    I have this weird thing with Apple products... I don't want to mess with demos in stores. I'd rather experience products first hand at home where I can take it thru their paces. Recently, I did it with the iPad Pro at launch.. They had plenty of demos on display, my friend was encouraging me to try them out yet I avoided checking them out.

    It's just something about pulling the product out of the box & experience it first hand to see whether it holds up to its expectations.
     
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    I agree. A demo has been touched and fiddled with by who knows how many people. Plus you can't put your programs on it and see how it is going to do.

    Lets not forget making sure everything plays nice and isn't too noisy in the work environment and stuff like that.

    It makes a big difference having the money back guarantee. :D
     
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    I found an interesting use for my Mac Mini. I have AirServer on it. I just discovered that I can do AirPlay from my iMac to my Mac Mini. So I have the Mac Mini driving my second screen wirelessly. In all honesty I could have done this by going out and buying a thunderbolt to HDMI adapter.

    My goodness though the text on Safari looks like jaggy crap compared to the retina monitor. I am totally spoiled for life now. To think I used to like my Dell 30" 1080P monitor.
     

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