Previous Generation iMac: good deal?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TSE, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Right now there is a Quad-Core i5 27 inch iMac, with AMD Radeon 5750 HD Graphics, 4 GBs of RAM, a 1TB HD for $1449 from the Refurb store.

    How does this compare to the current base-model iMac, performance wise? If the iPod promo comes out, does the iPod promo count refurbished products? Thank you!
  2. GrantMeThePower macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2011
    It is not as good.
  3. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    The 2011 base model iMac outperforms any previous generation iMac, graphics, processor, everything.

    Check out the benchmarks.
  4. jmw1480 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Will it matter?

    I'm finally ready for my upgrade next week, and I have two options to replace my 2001 733 MHz PowerPC G4 Quicksilver, 768 MB SDRAM, running 10.4.11 (!). Yeah, I'd say it's time, too.

    Anyway, I'm choosing between the 2010 iMac 27" 3.2 GHz i3 550 processor or the 2011 iMac 27" 2.7 GHz i5 2500S processor. I will primarily use it for your standard web, email, music, photo, school work (no major gaming, high-tech editing, graphics, etc.); however, I do want it to remain relevant for a few years and not be obsolete in a generation or two.

    I've seen the bench test scores, know the on-paper differences when comparing the two, blah blah blah, but the other catch: the 2010 is 15% cheaper ($1396) than the 2011 ($1650).

    TO ME, is the newness of the latter worth the possible savings by going once-removed?
  5. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    Personal pref, I'd say. What do you value more, saving money or having the latest and greatest machine? You can find a lot of great refurbished items that will do exactly what you need it to do. And according to your use, I would think the 2010 model is the best all around for you. I'd stick with that. While it won't be the fastest on the market, that machine will last you for a while... 3+ years.
  6. ee4life macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    It looks like the previous two generations with the i7 still perform rather well in those benchmarks...
  7. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Yep. Just benched my 2009 i7 and got 8613 with Geekbench. Good enough for me, and I don't see any reason to upgrade to Sandy Bridge. My i7 is blazing fast; I never want for more speed.
  8. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    You say that now....:D:p
  9. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    Nor did I state that they didn't either...
  10. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
    But you did state this....which isn't true.
  11. caughtintheweb macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    It depends on your use and preference. I got the previous generation i7 which is ranked 2nd in the benchmarks. If I had more money I would prefer the latest and greatest. For my use I prefer having i7 with higher cache and higher gram than thunderbolt with newer graphics card.

    It completely depends on what you use it for. I needed it primarily for running simulations, photo editing, connecting to my keyboard.
  12. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    If I were in your shoes I'd go for the less expensive one. Both will be light years ahead of what you're using now, and if you were able to get by with a G4. As you stated you're not a power user, so the 2011 would just be latest and greatest, not necessarily best for you.

    Did you have the G4 since 01? And do you plan on keeping this one another 10 years?
  13. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I absolutely agree! If you want to join the herd of spec chasers and "I can't live without the latest technology" types, go for the latest model. As OneMike said, the referb version will more than suit your requirements and it'll same you some money! :)
  14. jmw1480, Jun 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011

    jmw1480 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Thanks for all the advice! I HAVE had the G4 since '01 , when it was brand new. I've had to shock it back to life a few times, and it's no longer upgradable, but I feel, even when I sell it, it's going to keep on ticking for the basics.

    As far as my new purchase choices, neither is refurb; last year's model is still on the shelf at the discount. I doubt I'll be able to hold on for as long this last time, with the ever-increasing pace of technology, but we'll see!

    So I'm thinking 2010 model, and with the savings perhaps upgrade the RAM to 12 gb and / or add on a SSD for the OS as others have posted about on the forum? Or just save the $ for when I upgrade my 2005 867 MHz PowerPC G4 laptop next cycle (!).
  15. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    Proof? Show your work.
  16. ee4life macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    Using the benchmark numbers you provided...

    9124 > 7185 (2010 27" i7 > 2011 21.5" base)
    8332 > 7185 (2009 27" i7 > 2011 21.5" base)


    You may have tried to state something different (i.e. the 2011 base performs better than any previous stock config), but what you actually said was not true given the benchmark you provided.
  17. caughtintheweb macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    If you go by geekbench results 2010 i7 is second only to highest end imac (3.4 ghz i7) courtesy the hyperthreading and high L3 cache.
  18. Bobbytoad macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2010
    2010 i7 is amazing value at the moment on the refurb store - and still the second fastest imac available!!
  19. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    No it isn't. That would be a 21.5 with 2600S. The 2.8 i7 is slightly faster.

    But you're right it is a amazing value. It comes with a 27 screen. Can't beat that.
  20. wangkom macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2007
    Not a very good deal tbh
  21. wangkom macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2007
    It out performs the 2010 2.93ghz i7 quadcore?
  22. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007

    No of coarse not.

    The 2.93 is the currently the third fastest imac avail. The sandybridge 27 3.4 and 21.5 2.8 are faster. The i7 2.8 on the 21.5 2011 and the 2010 27 2.93 are very close as far as CPU is concerned.

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