New 27" i7 arrived!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rotlex, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    A few weeks back I posted that I finally, after 10 years, ordered a replacement for my 24" 2.8Ghz iMac. It arrived yesterday and I spent most of the day installing apps and restoring data. I use Time Machine but preferred to manually restore everything to the new machine as I wanted to clean a lot of it up.

    This isn't really a review as there are a ton of those out there, but some observations, and maybe even a little kudos to the quality of my 10 year old machine.

    I went all out with this system, 27" 5K, 512 SSD, added 16GB RAM etc. (8GB RAM from Apple and 16GB from Crucial). First want to say I love it. It's gorgeous, it's fast, and chews through my 100K Lightroom image library like it was nothing. I really have no complaints with the system outside of the fact I hate the "magic keyboard" and will be looking for a replacement soon. I had a full size Logitech Mac keyboard on the old one that I'm just very used too. I also really like the new Magic Trackpad but honestly, it's not much of an upgrade over the old one I had.

    With all that said, the display speed and overall system are great. I'm happy with it, and it was time to upgrade for sure. However, honestly, it amazes me that it doesn't seem like a night and day change. I came from a 10 year old system with only 4GB of RAM in it and it was still very useable. Sure this one is faster, but frankly, it's not mind blowing faster. Maybe it's just me, but when I hear people saying they need to replace their 2-3 year old system as it's getting slow, I really wonder what they are doing with it, lol.

    Anyway, thanks for reading!
  2. willmtaylor, Sep 21, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2017

    willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Congrats on the new machine. Our ‘09 just clicked the bucket and we took delivery on our new iMac as well. As you said, while the old iMac was still perfectly usable (until the GPU died), on the new one everything feels instant.

  3. rotlex thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    Following up on my own post after finally having everything installed, restored, and doing some Lightroom and PS work on the new machine. I said it wasn't mind blowing fast. I'd like to retract that statement. Now that I'm not installing, copying data, downloading and working all at the same time, this thing screams. Instantaneous response from just about any app. As far as the basics of browsing, email, watching movies etc., the experience is flawless. I'm loving this machine more each minute I have it, lol.
  4. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    Maybe you were experiencing some indexing issues from a new machine.
  5. CaptRB macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2016
    LA, California
    I have the top tier machine as well. It's VERY fast. Nice to have it.

    But my maxed out 2011 iMac was also very capable.

    Most of the folks who yap about needing the fastest this-and-that are the ones who don't need it. My friend just completed a feature film edit on a 11 million dollar project. It was done on 2 three year-old iMacs. So I just laugh when some guy here is claiming you need SSD and 32GB of memory in the i7 to edit iPhone pics!


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