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Discussion in 'iMac' started by GoKyu, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    I'm sitting here, now on my second day of owning my new iMac (my *first* iMac - previously a Mac Pro, then my Mac Mini), and still can't believe what I'm looking at.

    I thought having already owned the iPhone 4, 5, 6, and now 7, would have gotten me used to a retina display and how clean and sharp it looks. But the wonder hit me all over again when I was able to see my *computer*, fullscreen, as a full retina-quality display. WOW.

    Razor-sharp text, and at default resolution, everything is a bit smaller. My Mini had a great Samsung 27" monitor, and even though my iMac is also 27", I can have my browser set almost 1/3 - 1/4 smaller than it was before, and have WAY more available space on the desktop...*aside* from already using Spaces (uh, sorry, I still call it that...I guess it's technically "Mission Control"...)

    Surprisingly, my Mini (when it was also running Sierra) booted up faster than my iMac. Yep, believe it or not, I timed them. The Mini would take about 10-11 seconds to boot fully into the OS, and the new iMac is regularly taking about 16-17 seconds. Not a huge deal, but I thought PCIe Flash was supposed to be a decent bit quicker than a standard SSD.

    The whole machine is very responsive, Photoshop hasn't been this fast for me in years. And I haven't even optimized its memory usage yet :)

    I don't usually like buying the older tech, but I really got tired of waiting after this last announcement in October, so I pulled the trigger, and am I glad I did - wonderful desktop for the money, and hopefully this will last me the next 5 or 6 years.

    -Bryan
     
  2. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    One of the best computing experiences to ever exist.
     
  3. vddobrev macrumors regular

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    How much RAM do you have in the mini vs the iMac?
     
  4. GoKyu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's actually in my sig, but 16 gigs in the Mini, 24 in the iMac...

    I did buy the best SSD I could afford at the time though, so...OWC's Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD
     
  5. vddobrev macrumors regular

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    Sorry, didn't check your sig - I believe a machine with more RAM tends to boot a bit slower.
     
  6. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

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    I will be pulling the trigger on an iMac in a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to the experience in coming over from the PC world. I remember how I felt when I got my iPhone for the first time, my iPad for the first time. Now, when I buy those items, that "feeling" isn't there anymore. I am looking forward to being in awe of the iMac and having that experience again.
     
  7. ITguy2016 Suspended

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    You're going to love it. I'm loving the 2010 iMac I just purchased over the weekend. Are you planning on buying the retina iMac?
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    Typically as there is more memory to test at power on.
     
  8. GoKyu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's true, I didn't think about that. Well, as I said, it's not a big deal anyway - it's really fast, and I'm still amazed by the clarity of a full sized display.

    Redlegs: I think you'll definitely get that feeling again, particularly if you decide to get the retina 5K machine. The Mac experience has overall been much nicer for me (I've been on them since 2008, and was diehard PC prior to that, all the way back to the DOS days.) I'm also a Linux guy from way back, and I particularly like that macOS has that UNIX core, giving access to the command line and just generally being rock-solid. To be fair, Window has gotten significantly more stable in recent versions as well (and Windows 10 finally introduced virtual desktops as standard), but I think macOS still wins in the long run.
     
  9. vddobrev, Nov 15, 2016
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    vddobrev macrumors regular

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    Yep, I also attest that you will get the same feeling with a 5K late 2015 iMac. Get the 2TB disk at least, if not the SSD only.
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    Not to mention how slow for booting is ECC memory... but such machines rarely need reboot, especially if on a stable Linux distro. I haven't rebooted my Linux workstation in over 6 months.
     
  10. GoKyu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I see you're also running a Linux machine - could you take a look at the post I just made? Having a weird issue with VNC from Mac to Linux...
     
  11. vddobrev macrumors regular

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    Yep, leave your monitor plugged in, mouse keyboard too. Leave your default 0 desktop alone. Start a new vnc server, e.g. 1, with your prefered resolution and settings. PM me for command and config file if you need. It is imortant to leave the VNC config window open, which you can auto start from the config file to enable copy paste etc. That, or look at VinoVNC for a more extensive/flexible options.
     
  12. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

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    Yes I am planning on buying the model that's on sale for $2,079 from Adorama:

    i5 processor / 2GB hard drive / AMD 395

    Pulling the trigger in the next couple of weeks.. Pretty excited!
     

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