New iMac - Blown away!

dwd3885

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LOOOOONG time member here. I just purchased the 2019 iMac 3.7 i5 w/512gb SSD. I just have to say this thing absolutely flies! It's replacing my 2015 5k iMac (the first 5k iMac) and it just runs through everything I throw at it. I edit video and photos and I've never seen it so fast. The SSD I'm sure is the main reason but it's just a much faster machine. I know we see a lot of complaints but just want to mention that I'm happy with it!
 

macduke

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Nice to see someone coming here and being positive about there experience.

From what seeing reported then so far seems that the iMac 2019 seems to be hitting the right spots in the compromise that is an AIO.
It is fantastic. My only complaint is that I wish the Vega 48 were a little faster for playing games on Steam but an eGPU can always fix that if I want to max out the settings. It's not bad though by any means. Otherwise my i9 is blazing fast for an all in one and quieter than the 2017 i7. I basically consider it a cheaper base iMac Pro with a slower GPU, faster CPU, upgradable RAM, no jacked up T2 chip and missing a couple features I don't personally care about like 10Gbps ethernet and UHS-II card reader (already have an adapter).
 

SkiHound2

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LOOOOONG time member here. I just purchased the 2019 iMac 3.7 i5 w/512gb SSD. I just have to say this thing absolutely flies! It's replacing my 2015 5k iMac (the first 5k iMac) and it just runs through everything I throw at it. I edit video and photos and I've never seen it so fast. The SSD I'm sure is the main reason but it's just a much faster machine. I know we see a lot of complaints but just want to mention that I'm happy with it!
Glad to hear your positive report. Good to keep in mind that most folks buying these things are happy campers. People are much more motivated to post their complaints than their positive experiences.
 

aman88

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It is fantastic. My only complaint is that I wish the Vega 48 were a little faster for playing games on Steam but an eGPU can always fix that if I want to max out the settings. It's not bad though by any means. Otherwise my i9 is blazing fast for an all in one and quieter than the 2017 i7. I basically consider it a cheaper base iMac Pro with a slower GPU, faster CPU, upgradable RAM, no jacked up T2 chip and missing a couple features I don't personally care about like 10Gbps ethernet and UHS-II card reader (already have an adapter).
So would you say it is better just to get the standard GPU and then maybe down the line get an egpu set up with and external monitor for gaming?
 

B.A.T

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LOOOOONG time member here. I just purchased the 2019 iMac 3.7 i5 w/512gb SSD. I just have to say this thing absolutely flies! It's replacing my 2015 5k iMac (the first 5k iMac) and it just runs through everything I throw at it. I edit video and photos and I've never seen it so fast. The SSD I'm sure is the main reason but it's just a much faster machine. I know we see a lot of complaints but just want to mention that I'm happy with it!
Nice! When the day comes to replace my 2013 17 I'm sure I will feel the same.
 

AppleFan360

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Same. I just replaced my 2015 5K iMac as well. The performance difference is amazing and video rendering time is WAY better. I decided to go with the 2 TB SSD and I'm getting around 2000 mbp/s on both read and write.
 
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jonatious

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Coffe Lake processors were a big jump in performance plus SSDs are now hitting 3000mbps speeds so I am not surprised by the performance of the new iMacs.
I don't think the SSDs in iMac can go over 2200mbps
 

macduke

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So would you say it is better just to get the standard GPU and then maybe down the line get an egpu set up with and external monitor for gaming?
Yeah if you are wanting to do higher end gaming or play games a few years from now at decent settings or ever want to do 4K gaming. The Vega cards are better for computing tasks and not much better for gaming, especially for lower end pro cards like this. I don't think the Vega 48 will keep up over time. Now it's fine for 1440p at decent settings for a few of the things I've tried (Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends). I think next I'm going to try that Subnautica sequel in early access. You aren't going to be using it for many competitive games with sub 60fps unless you'd drop the settings down or it's an older game. The only other issue is some people say the Vega cards run cooler but I don't have a 570/580 to compare against.
 

lJoSquaredl

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My only complaint is that I wish the Vega 48 were a little faster for playing games on Steam but an eGPU can always fix that if I want to max out the settings.
Damn what games are you playing? My 2016 MBP can run Overwatch with ease at 25% power lol. I can barely hear my fans and can't even hear my fans at all when playing League maxed out.
 

macduke

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Damn what games are you playing? My 2016 MBP can run Overwatch with ease at 25% power lol. I can barely hear my fans and can't even hear my fans at all when playing League maxed out.
I said what games in the post before yours. My idea of good is a solid 60fps at 1440p with medium to high graphics settings for a games released in the past year.
 

aman88

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Yeah if you are wanting to do higher end gaming or play games a few years from now at decent settings or ever want to do 4K gaming. The Vega cards are better for computing tasks and not much better for gaming, especially for lower end pro cards like this. I don't think the Vega 48 will keep up over time. Now it's fine for 1440p at decent settings for a few of the things I've tried (Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends). I think next I'm going to try that Subnautica sequel in early access. You aren't going to be using it for many competitive games with sub 60fps unless you'd drop the settings down or it's an older game. The only other issue is some people say the Vega cards run cooler but I don't have a 570/580 to compare against.
Thanks for the information! So you got the Vega 48? And it’s notmpkauing current games at maxed out settings?
 

Chet-NYC

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LOOOOONG time member here. I just purchased the 2019 iMac 3.7 i5 w/512gb SSD. I just have to say this thing absolutely flies! It's replacing my 2015 5k iMac (the first 5k iMac) and it just runs through everything I throw at it. I edit video and photos and I've never seen it so fast. The SSD I'm sure is the main reason but it's just a much faster machine. I know we see a lot of complaints but just want to mention that I'm happy with it!
Happy to hear this. My i9 iMac with 1TB SSD and the 580X graphics card arrives tomorrow. It's replacing a late 2012 iMac- so if you're seeing such a jump in performance from a 2015, I can't wait to see what my experience is. The most intensive stuff I deal with is jumping back and forth between Photoshop and InDesign (along with some other unrelated programs running as well.)
 

kazmac

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I am glad to hear the positive news too.

Have no idea what I’ll get now, as some money has to go into a Wacom tablet.

Sorry if I temporarily hijack the thread:

What would you get in my situation:

For video conversion (1080p right now) just ripping dvds and digital, do I have to upgrade the cpu to the best chip chip (either 21.5 or 27)? Obviously running Wacom tablet and maybe Adobe (but I hope Affinity), lots of writing software and video software (just conversion, not doing any major edits).

I’ll probably go with the Vega and either 512 storage or 1TB ssd. If 21.5 I have to max out the ram.

Suggestions?

Thanks everyone. Looking forward to hearing more nice experiences from 2019 iMac owners.
 
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AppleFan360

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Yeah if you are wanting to do higher end gaming or play games a few years from now at decent settings or ever want to do 4K gaming. The Vega cards are better for computing tasks and not much better for gaming, especially for lower end pro cards like this. I don't think the Vega 48 will keep up over time. Now it's fine for 1440p at decent settings for a few of the things I've tried (Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends). I think next I'm going to try that Subnautica sequel in early access. You aren't going to be using it for many competitive games with sub 60fps unless you'd drop the settings down or it's an older game. The only other issue is some people say the Vega cards run cooler but I don't have a 570/580 to compare against.
That's really interesting. I also have a gaming PC for VR, Overwatch and others. I never even thought of my Mac as a gaming machine but now with the upgraded specs I'm tempted to load Overwatch just to see how it plays. I seems the 580X card and i9 should handle it without a problem.
 

macduke

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Thanks for the information! So you got the Vega 48? And it’s notmpkauing current games at maxed out settings?
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (September 2018) in-game benchmark was 1440p on medium 48fps, 1440p on high was 47fps, and 1080p on highest setting was 56fps. Makes me wonder if the GPU is being throttled because there was only 1fps difference between medium and high on 1440p. Apex Legends faired a bit better but that was just me running around in the tutorial with the FPS counter on because I hadn't yet found my Razer gaming mouse and keypad in storage yet and the Magic Mouse was being super glitchy in-game on Windows. I found my gear but I haven't been able to play games because I've been taking care of my family this week that came down with a nasty bug that I fortunately didn't get. Hopefully further testing in other games will fair better but I'm going out of town this weekend. I know that Tomb Raider is an Nvidia optimized game so that may explain it, but then again probably most games are Nvidia optimized.
 

GumaRodak

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anybody with new imac using Capture One for photo editing, or can do a test for me? :p thx
 

Chet-NYC

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Well, my i9 iMac came yesterday and it is doing incredibly well. With just 8gb of RAM, I've had Photoshop open along with Quicken for Windows (via Parallel), Outlook, Chrome, iMessage, and a couple of smaller programs running...and it goes on with barely any lag. Acrobat seems to be the only slow program right now.

Once the other 32GB of RAM arrives, I doubt anything about this system will be slow.
 

kaintxu

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If you want to upgrade just for getting some better fps for gaming then just realize the following....you can buy a Xbox One X for cheaper than the upgrade to the Vega 48.
Oh really, I didn't know that. Can I play Starcraft 2, or LoL, or total war warhammer on it. For the matter of fact, can I play any game on the xbox without needing another display but my iMac screen? Or can I play with it and a mouse and keyboard without breaking my back as the console is hooked to the family TV which is on the living room without a proper table for the keyboard and mouse?

Everyone know about consoles, and them being cheaper usually than dedicated GPU's so pointing them out on an iMac forum is even less helpful than pointing people to a gaming PC instead of an iMac as they are even further away from what people might need. Why don't we point people to a Nintendo Switch so they can play in bed or the toilet (I have one btw and it's awesome :D:D:D )
 
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