Switching macs with my brother

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  1. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    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

    thanks
     
  2. abrahamw88 macrumors member

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    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

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    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 68000

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    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.
     
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