Samsung RC512-S02 vs NEW SB iMac 21.5 inch

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MCIowaRulz, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. MCIowaRulz macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    Yes, I understand that there are differences between the two types of computers however, Is the 2360QM i7 in the Samsung be as good as the rumored processor in the iMac? I'd be looking at the 21.5 inch model. Specifically the $1200 model which is rumored to have the following

    1199$ 21.5" iMac

    Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1GHz)
    AMD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5
    750GB HD
    2x2GB RAM; option for 4x2GB

    The Samsung has the following

    Intel® Core™ i7
    Processor Speed
    2.0GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz)
    System Memory (RAM)
    Computer Hard Drive Size
    NVIDIA GeForce GT525M
    Video Memory
    1GB GDDR3

    I like the Mac OS X OS (and I NEED to have my Mac OS X G4 from 2001 replaced) but I also need a laptop as well and I want the most BANG for my buck.:)
    I have $1,200 to spend. Advice is appreciated from the experts here.
  2. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    If you like the Samsung machine here is the same laptop with less ram for $300 cheaper.

  3. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    The issue is I have Best Buy credit and I need to know what to get. Is the Samsung going to be more powerful then the iMac refresh on Tuesday. I know there are differences between laptop and desktop systems but am trying to decide which to go.
  4. MCIowaRulz, Apr 30, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011

    MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    I am used to the Mac OS (and my G4 is dieing). I'm leaning towards the iMac because I mostly have Mac software and it contains ALL of my music and photo's. However given the specs the Samsung looks tempting:confused:
  5. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    Are the processor's all "Desktop" or are they "Mobile"?
    Since this Samsung processor is a 2630 QM (used in the base MacBookPro I believe) The base iMac should have at least that right?
  6. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    The iMac uses a desktop CPU while the Samsung uses a mobile CPU.

    But the i7 2630qm beats the i3 2100 CPU in the iMac by a wide margin. In a passmark benchmark the is scores over 6,000 compared to the i3 which scores almost 4,000.

    Here are the benchmark links:

    Intel Core i7 2630QM

    Intel Core i3 2100

    And the graphics card in the Samsung is more powerful than the ATI 6490.

    So in this case the Samsung is a more powerful machine.
  7. res1233 macrumors 65816


    Dec 8, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    You can upgrade the 21.5'' to the i5 bud. Not such a huge difference. At the end of the day, the iMac's hardware is competitive, and also, notice he said the "SB iMac" whose GPU we don't really know about ATM. It's entirely possible Apple will chose a mobile i7 for the high-end 21.5'', but even if they keep the i5 as high-end, the main reason you get a mac is for Mac OS, and the majority of mac users who care about performance get a maxed out 27'' with SSDs, a maxed out boat anchor of a 17'' MBP, or a mac pro. The other offerings are not being sold to performance junkies most of the time...
  8. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Why don't you wait unit the new imac comes out and then decide?

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