Switching macs with my brother

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ZEEN0j, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    In short. He wants a macbook I want a imac. What I wonder is will I notice some kind of downgrade in performance? Or are they pretty equal. I don't play games on mac.

    I want programs to open instantly, they do on my macbook. Unpacking files and transferring files should be fast. I haven't been able to test his mac since he lives in another country. The only once I've tried are the default configuration in the apple store with a 5400rpm drive and 8GB ram. And they're slower than my macbook in opening programs. I'm doing the switch either way, I just want to know.

    I have a Macbook Pro mid 2012 15" (non retina)

    CPU: 2,3 Ghz Intel Core i7 quad core (turbo boost 3,3 Ghz) L3 Cache 6 MB
    Memory: 16GB 1600mhz
    Storage: 500GB ssd
    GPU: Intel HD graphics 4000 and Nvidia GT650M 512MB GDDR5
    Screen: 1440x900

    He has a iMac 21,5" 2014

    CPU: 2,7 Ghz Intel Core i5 quad core (turbo boost 3,2 Ghz) L3 Cache 4MB
    Memory: 16GB 1600mhz
    Storage: 1TB fusion drive
    GPU: Intel Iris pro graphics
    Screen 1920x1080

  2. abrahamw88 macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2012
    Rochester, NY

    From the looks of it the two machines should be just about the same. The iMac has some slightly lower specs but it's 2 years newer. The CPU on both are similar, the hard drives will feel very similar because a fusion drive is almost as fast as a SSD for most uses and you will double your storage which is a plus. Graphics should be better but I can't say for sure, someone else can back me up on that. Regardless of speed you are stepping up in machine resale value as well.
  3. riviera74 macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2015
    Fort Myers FL
    The iMac is better just for the much-improved Intel graphics. Take the iMac (unless you plan to play high-end games).
  4. 960design macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Yeah the SSD on your MBP will feel slightly, and I mean only slightly faster at opening applications.
    Overall an equal trade or even you are coming out just slightly ahead.
  5. ZEEN0j thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA

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