Speed on retina 5k iMac vs non-retina iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by eroxx, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. eroxx macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010

    I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on the retina iMac. Some reviews make it seem though as if the power/speed is compromised because of the display. I have a 2012 iMac and I definitely want something faster! What do you think?
  2. FredT2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    It is not. Though it may not be dramatically faster, the 4.0 version is the fastest iMac you can buy.
  3. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
  4. 5iMacs macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2014
    It depends on the details of your 2012 iMac and what you're doing with it. Unless you are already running on an SSD, a pure SSD iMac will seem much faster on various tasks, program launching, updates, scrubbing through media files. Also the steady march of CPU improvements help on very CPU-intensive stuff like photos and video, especially batch computations like rendering.

    Basically everything is faster unless it's limited by network I/O (which these days is a lot of things unfortunately...)
  5. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    4.0 GHz I assume.

    The only thing worth thinking about is the grfx card.

    For the rest: the iMac Retina is the way to go!

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