New iMac owners - opinions?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Memzee, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Memzee macrumors member

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    I'm interested to see if anyone has picked up one of the new iMacs and their experiences with it thus far - particularly the 24" 3.06GHz version.

    Boot times? How loud are the fans? etc. etc.

    :)
     
  2. PCNot macrumors newbie

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    MY new IMAC is scheduled to arrive on Friday ... I will let you know by then :)
     
  3. KingScooty macrumors member

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    Ordered mine yesterday :)

    Got the 3.06 model with 4gb of ram and 500gb hdd :D

    Should be here a week friday according to the estimate times on the site. Think it takes longer to deliver because i customised it a bit :/
     
  4. molintorch macrumors member

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    I didnt get to play with it too much last night. Installed Vista 32 bit, ran a few benchmarks, then let the migration utility move my data from my laptop onto the iMac. I plan to try out some Handbrake crunching tonight, and install a few games in vista (Orange Box, CoD4, World in Conflict) to see how they do. So far, the system has been very quiet, even when running 3dmark or xBench, I did not hear any fans. I used the Superdrive to install some software, and it sounded similar to my laptop, no surprise there ;)
     
  5. James Howlett macrumors member

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    Ordered mine yesterday aswell, will post details although its going to probably be glowing considering im upgrading from a 2.08ght single core amd, 80 gig hdd with 512 mb ram shared with the integrated graphics card, running windows.

    BTW its the 3.06 with the 8800 gs and 4 gb of ram.
     
  6. PCNot macrumors newbie

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    You will be in heaven :D
     
  7. mdman macrumors newbie

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    I picked mine up yesterday. I have two Apple stores that are pretty close and they both had the new iMacs in stock. I wanted to get the 3.06 with the better graphics card and all, but that was just a bit out of my price range :(

    So far, my overall impression/experience has been very positive. This is my first desktop mac, upgrading from a 12" Powerbook.

    The one thing I noticed was there was no extra software installed on the system. No Quicken or Quickbooks, no games, not even a trial copy of iWorks. Just the OS and iLife '08. Both my laptops came with some additional software, and I thought the iMacs did as well. Is this the 1st model without the extra software? Wonder why, cost cutting measure?
     
  8. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    I replaced a G4 iMac yesterday and the new one flies. The fans in that model are pretty quiet, but the speeds do go up when doing some intense stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary. I got a boot time of about 30 seconds after everything was set up, so it's a typical mac boot up.
     
  9. ozziegn macrumors 6502a

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    I just set up my new 24" 3GHz iMac and so far so good. this thing is freakin' lightning quick! I can't wait to see what it does with 4GBs of memory.
     
  10. Sam Yikin macrumors regular

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    Will be receiving one within the next week!
    Considering I'm upgrading from a 1.25 eMac, the difference should be fairly large.
     
  11. Petoz macrumors 6502

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    It's not quite the 3.06GHz, but I picked up a new 20" 2.4GHz on Monday, as soon as they were released. It replaced my 12 day-old 2.0GHz iMac, and I love it. So much faster than my old XP based laptop. And noticeably quicker than the 2.0GHz iMac.
     
  12. siam macrumors regular

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    No comments about the displays..? or is it early Days :apple:
     
  13. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    I replaced my 2.8 with a 3.06 iMac yesterday and the differences are :eek:

    The machine feels totally different. It is very quite and lightining fast and the nVidia is waaaaaaaaaaay better than the ATI in every aspect.
     
  14. molintorch macrumors member

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    From a processor sound standpoint, this system is extremely quiet. I have had the CPU running at over 90% User in Activity Monitor (running Handbrake, patching wow, letting time-machine do a network backup, surfing web, and chatting in Adium all at the same time). Proc temps using temperature monitor have been reading 162F on the chip and 135F on the CPU heat-sink. The back is warm, and theres definitely air coming out of the top in the back where the long section is allowing air out. At the same time, I am not hearing any fans at all. extremely quiet so far. Once wow is patched, I will go into game and see how it runs while handbrake continues to go. For reference, Handbrake is doing an average of 35 fps conversion so far and its about 1/2 way done. Estimate was 52 min to do a 95 min movie.
     
  15. Hammster macrumors newbie

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    I don't really have much to compare it to, but the thing is seriously quick. I ripped a DVD in Handbrake with a setting of "iPod Hi-Rez" as a baseline then I cranked the bitrate to 2500. The audio was 160 kbps AAC. Time was right around 45 minutes. Not as quick as I thought it would be, but I'm thinking 2500 kbps is in the "diminishing returns" part of the scale. Might need to take it lower to get the time/quality tradeoff a bit more favorable.

    I have not noticed any noise, but can report some serious heat at the top of the screen on the backside. I will take some laser temp readings when I get back home later in the week.

    I was afraid I would not like the glassy screen, but it is a total non issue to me. Once the screen comes on, I can't see any glare at all.
     
  16. inkswamp macrumors 68030

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    I'm curious if the 20" iMac still has the glaringly obvious display problems as before. I'd read here and elsewhere about how apparent the color shift was, but when I saw it in person... well, frankly, I'm surprised Apple is selling any of these things. It would be a good to hear that they at least addressed that problem with this update.
     
  17. Bdx33 macrumors member

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    I'm curious about it too
     
  18. imac123 macrumors regular

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    just ordered mine today, should get it next week. 24" 2.8GHz , 500GB HD, 512MB Vid Card, 2GB RAM (will upgrade later if I want). So kind of a pretty badass but no the baddest-of-ass machine =P
    can't wait!
     
  19. MatWith1T macrumors newbie

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    Lovin the new 3.06... speedy and quiet, but my last machine was a G4 PowerMac with a high end video card I put in myself with a noisy fan... so the basis for comparison is somewhat low.
     
  20. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    I can say that the old 20" has a nice monitor. The "problem" are way overblown.
     
  21. Petoz macrumors 6502

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    I'd have to agree. I am looking at the 20" screen now, and it looks fantastic to me.
     
  22. coconn06 macrumors regular

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    I ordered mine 2 nights ago, and I'm so anxious to get it (checking my order status once per hour will make me crazy eventually). And with all the positive news coming out about it (great benchmark numbers, great graphics card) from people who have their hands on one is making me even more excited.
     
  23. amiga macrumors 6502

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    I got one the other day to replace my 17" iMac G5... and its lovely, very quiet and fast though I've not had time to really put it to the test :) Watching eyeTV on a 24" is much better than a 17" display!
     
  24. D4F Guest

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    To fuel up your excitement I will tell you that for the past 10 hours I was doing some rendering tests in Vue 6 and Poser 7 and I can honestly say that Apple finally made a iMac that now fulfills my in-house graphic projects needs in every aspect. Seriously I am impressed! Fast, quiet, no hickups, screen is great, faster memory, nVidia doing awesome job... I finally have a iMac that I do not feel like changing for something else as it covers my needs in every single way! Hard to believe lol.

    Take a note that this comes from a full time graphic designer working every day on a Mac Pro loaded so bad that I could get a nice car for what it's worth.

    *and to those that intend to jump on my opinion please take a note that this statement is based upon the 'whole package' deal. I'm aware of other posibilities but for this price there is no competition for me. No other Mac comes even close.
     
  25. inkswamp macrumors 68030

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    Are you judging that based on viewing many displays or just your own? Have you done a side-by-side comparison?

    I went to our local Apple shop and looked at the 20" and 24" displays side-by-side and the difference was immediately obvious to me. I have a background in graphic design and print production but I've often been told by colleagues that I don't have very discerning eyes. Despite that, the problems on the 20" display jumped right out at me. I could clearly see a color shift across the screen from bottom to top.
     

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