New 21.5 iMac model 1 or model 2

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mt0trip, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. mt0trip macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2009
    Not certain, which 21.5 imac to get. I am not a gamer, but do want to do photo editing, music, video editiing, DVD creation. Do I need the better graphics card that comes with the 21.5 level 2 or is the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics good enough for what I want to do?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If you're video editing is something with iMovie, 9400M will be fine
  3. danners macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    I was thinking the same thing... i have a macbook with the nivida 9400 and some of the basic editing i find takes a loooong time so i dont know how well it would go with a desktop.
  4. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    what do you use? im wondering how it does with final cut pro or adobe premiere
  5. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    The ATI graphics card would be beneficial for which kind of apps?
  6. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Yea model 1 will be fine unless you are doing gaming really. The 9400m is actually quite a capable chip and will be able to manage some casual gaming anyway, and will definitely be able to manage everything you want to do! [​IMG]
  7. cloudmac macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    Which model

    I ordered the mod 2 21.5" with the 3.33, 8 Ram and ATI card. I think the model one would handle most of what I do but decided to try and future proof the machine for at least 2-3 years. Never sure what I might be doing with it 2 years from now.
  8. stonemann macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    According to the Apple website:

    "The ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor delivers up to 4x faster performance than the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M — ideal for 3D games and graphics-intensive applications."

    Whether the graphics card plus the extra hard drive space justifies an additional £250 is a tough call. That's the only difference as far as I can tell.
  9. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I recommend the upper model. The graphics card is a nice addition, plus the extra hard drive space will come in handy. It may sound like a lot now, but wait a few years.
  10. danners macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    late 08 aluminium macbook
  11. stonemann macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    More RAM or Faster Processor?

    Am leaning towards the higher end of the two base models myself with the ATI 4670 card. I noticed that for an extra £150 it's possible to either get a faster processor - 3.33GHZ as opposed to 3.06GHZ. Alternatively, for the same money it's possible to double RAM from to 8GB to 16GB.

    My question is which is the better investment: a faster processor or double the RAM? I'm particularly interested in how this would affect, say, video editing.
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...double the RAM will be a better investment than moving from the 3.06 ---> 3.33 CPU... if they are the same price....
  13. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I disagree. You can always add the RAM later, but you are stuck with the CPU. Most people will do fine with 4 gigs of RAM right now.
  14. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2009
    That's exactly the point why upgrading a processor makes much more sense than upgrading RAM.

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