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Apr 22, 2021
Hey all,

All things technology go so quickly I cannot even try to keep up anymore.

I currently own an iMac 27-inch (mid 2011) 3.5 ghz Intel Core i7 with 20GB ram and AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB graphics card running macOS Sierra 10.12.6

It's beginning to get a bit laggy, half the time upon startup it sits on a grey screen until I hard-restart and try again, and some Adobe CC softwares can no longer be updated on it.

I solely use my system for video editing (Adobe Premiere) primarily in 1080, but clients may desire 4K at some point, ranging from 24FPS to 240FPS. I do some minor effects work (Adobe After Effects).

Will a Mac Mini M1 with 16GB memory be notably faster than what I've been using the past 10 years?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 5, 2020
I went from a 2013 27" iMac with 24 GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M 4 GB to a M1 mini and the M1 blows that out of the water.

Given I don't do video editing I think the difference you will notice will be bigger than the difference I noticed.
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Nov 25, 2005
You have a 27" screen. The cheapest 27" retina screens that I have seen were $999. Add that to the price of a MacMini.

I'd probably wait for Apple to replace the 27" iMac. It won't be cheap, but will have a processor that isn't just faster but blows your 2013 iMac out of the water. And likely a bigger monitor.
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macrumors G3
Feb 13, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
Max Tech has been relatively accurate with summing up predictions on upcoming Apple stuff. Here's a video cued up to the spot with their predictions on the next, big iMacs:

A current M1 Mini and a new third-party 27" 4K monitor will likely be a whole lot cheaper than the 30"/32" "iMac Pro" he's predicting…but, of course, less powerful.

The current M1 Mini has Geekbench 5 scores of 1689/single core and 7401/multi-core. Your 2011 iMac's are 742/sc and 2725/mc.
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