Which iMac do you own?

What iMac do you own?

  • iMac Early 2009 20-Inch Built to Order

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maflynn

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Quite an expansive list, yet it doesn't have my iMac.

I owned a Bondi blue iMac - now that was an awesome computer :D
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Maxed out iMac 27" late 2013.

Best performing Mac for my needs. :)
Nice! The maxed out 2013 iMac is a real beast. That 4Gb GDDR5 VRAM graphics card looks very powerful. So what was it you bought your iMac for?

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Quite an expansive list, yet it doesn't have my iMac.

I owned a Bondi blue iMac - now that was an awesome computer :D
Just for you, I will bring the list all the down to 1998 :)

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Quite an expansive list, yet it doesn't have my iMac.

I owned a Bondi blue iMac - now that was an awesome computer :D
Could you help me edit this poll, I read that I need a moderator to do it.
 

Crazy Badger

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2011 27" 2.7 i5 which I think was the base model. Got tired of waiting for a new iMac in 2012 so picked up a refurb and installed a 512GB SSD and 32GB RAM.

It's still a great machine :apple:
 

yjchua95

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21.5" iMac (Late 2013)
3.1GHz Intel Core i7-4770S
16GB RAM
1GB GT750M
256GB SSD

27" iMac (Late 2013)
3.5GHz Intel Core i7-4771
32GB RAM
512GB SSD
4GB GTX780M

The 21.5" iMac is my everyday-task computer (it's small enough to fit on my desk). I use it for medium-heavy photo editing and daily tasks, plus running a virtual machine or two.

The 27" iMac is my gaming rig (I use Boot Camp) and is also used for heavy video editing and hobbyist audio production.

I find myself using the 21.5" more than the 27" though, because the 21.5" is on my desk while the 27" is mounted on a VESA arm in my bedroom/server room.

I went for a pure SSD setup for both because I need as much speed as I can get. Besides, a Fusion Drive is as likely to fail as a HDD because the FD still has a HDD element. If the HDD element breaks, the entire FD is toast. You can't work off the SSD element only.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Send me the list and I'll add them.
If you could add these to the poll, thanks :)

iMac Late 2006 20-Inch Built To Order
iMac Late 2006 20-Inch High End
iMac Late 2006 20-Inch Entry Level
iMac Late 2006 17-Inch Built To Order
iMac Late 2006 17-Inch High End
iMac Late 2006 17-Inch Entry Level
iMac Mid 2006 17-Inch
iMac Early 2006 20-Inch Built To Order
iMac Early 2006 20-Inch High End
iMac Early 2006 20-Inch Entry Level
iMac Early 2006 17-Inch Built To Order
iMac Early 2006 17-Inch High End
iMac Early 2006 17-Inch Entry Level
iMac 2005 20-Inch
iMac 2005 17-Inch High End
iMac 2005 17-Inch Entry
iMac 2004 20-Inch Built To Order
iMac 2004 20-Inch High End
iMac 2004 20-Inch Entry Level
iMac 2004 17-Inch Built To Order
iMac 2004 17-Inch High End
iMac 2004 17- Inch Entry Level
 

Macman45

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Mid 2013 BTO ( before the last refresh)

i7 3.4 GHZ
2GB 680M GPU
32 GB RAM
3TB fusion drive
27"

I would have preferred a large SSD option, but of course that's only available now.

Apart from that, the machine is blazingly fast, and I was surprised at the way the FD learns....I don't suffer low speed app opening etc. I really wish the 4GB GPU option had been around too as I fly x-plane a lot, but in my daily stuff....Aperture, Logic etc. it's a fantastic Mac.
 

Smurfy6

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Built to order 27" iMac mid 2011. To stay out in front for awhile. Plus you can
upgrade and open the computer yourself. Which I have done. The latest models
are sealed and are a bit complicated to open. Its still gratifying to know that I"m
in control of my machine.
 

B.A.T

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Mid 2010 27"

i7 2.93 GHZ
ATI Radeon HD 5750
12 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
2 TB Hard Drive

I bought this 2010 model brand new in August 2011 from Mac Mall (minus the SSD, only 4 GBS of ram and only 1 TB hard drive) when they were clearing them out for about $1500 and no tax. Less than a year later the hard drive crashed and Apple upgraded me to a 2 TB hard drive for free. Later, I put the SSD in and I have a great machine that I won't replace until it dies.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Built to order late 2013. 512 SSD, and added RAM for 24 GB total. Didn't need the i7 or upgraded video card at all.
Nice build :) I have the high end 21.5-Inch iMac (with no build to order add on's). At the time of me getting my iMac, John Lewis has an offer on where anyone buying a new iMac or MacBook got a 3 year warranty. So I was not able to do a build to order from Apple. I am glad I never as well, I feel my iMac is scarily powerful as it is and anything more would be super overkill.

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Mid 2010 27"

i7 2.93 GHZ
ATI Radeon HD 5750
12 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
2 TB Hard Drive

I bought this 2010 model brand new in August 2011 from Mac Mall (minus the SSD, only 4 GBS of ram and only 1 TB hard drive) when they were clearing them out for about $1500 and no tax. Less than a year later the hard drive crashed and Apple upgraded me to a 2 TB hard drive for free. Later, I put the SSD in and I have a great machine that I won't replace until it dies.
How much video memory comes with that graphics card? And is it GDDR3 or GDDR5?
 

gertruded

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Mid 2007 entry level

My mid 2007 20", 2.0G core2duo entry level iMac is used daily. Still a great machine. Purchased as a refurb and still used for word processing, photo printing, financial data and still on the original HD, although on the third keyboard.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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My mid 2007 20", 2.0G core2duo entry level iMac is used daily. Still a great machine. Purchased as a refurb and still used for word processing, photo printing, financial data and still on the original HD, although on the third keyboard.
How much RAM do you have in it and what OS is it running?
 

B.A.T

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"How much video memory comes with that graphics card? And is it GDDR3 or GDDR5?"

It's GDDR3 and it's got 1GB of video memory
 

kaellar

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Customised BTO 21.5 2012 iMac. Had to install 256gb rMBP SSD and 16gb RAM by myself to get 256gb SSD + 1tb HDD combo. Great machine, but if Apple would finally give us a GPU BTO option, I'll switch to it for sure.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Customised BTO 21.5 2012 iMac. Had to install 256gb rMBP SSD and 16gb RAM by myself to get 256gb SSD + 1tb HDD combo. Great machine, but if Apple would finally give us a GPU BTO option, I'll switch to it for sure.
The 750m in the high end 21-Inch 2013 iMac is still a great card though, with its biggest plus being the 1Gb of GDDR5 VRAM. It was only last year when the high end 27-Inch had that much VRAM (with a BTO 2Gb option). And I must admit I am impressed!

I'm just happy that the 21-Inch iMac finally has a 1Gb graphics card. It would be nice to see Apple have a BTO upgrade though, as all the other BTO upgrades are as good as the 27-Inch(i7, ram (be it less), SSD (be it 512)).

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256gb SSD + 1tb HDD combo.
Is that an external SSD? If internal, how did you get it in?
 

kaellar

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The 750m in the high end 21-Inch 2013 iMac is still a great card though
Unfortunately, it isn't. It's the same chip as 650m in my iMac and is barely mediocre for 1080p gaming. 1gb vs 512mb vRAM difference is insignificant, since the GPU can't handle any task where more than 512mb is needed. 1080p nowadays requires at least 760m/765m to be somewhat enough for most gamers. I would be really happy if my iMac had one of these.

Is that an external SSD? If internal, how did you get it in?
All that stuff is internal. I purchased the basic 21.5 hi-end model with i7 BTO option. It had 8gb RAM and 1tb HDD. So I had to purchase the 256gb Samsung blade SSD for 2012 rMBPs on eBay, as well as 16gigs of RAM, and then tear my iMac apart to install all of it. Wasn't easy, I gotta tell you.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Unfortunately, it isn't. It's the same chip as 650m in my iMac and is barely mediocre for 1080p gaming. 1gb vs 512mb vRAM difference is insignificant, since the GPU can't handle any task where more than 512mb is needed. 1080p nowadays requires at least 760m/765m to be somewhat enough for most gamers. I would be really happy if my iMac had one of these.


All that stuff is internal. I purchased the basic 21.5 hi-end model with i7 BTO option. It had 8gb RAM and 1tb HDD. So I had to purchase the 256gb Samsung blade SSD for 2012 rMBPs on eBay, as well as 16gigs of RAM, and then tear my iMac apart to install all of it. Wasn't easy, I gotta tell you.
I have to disagree with you on the 750m, I was able to get a varing frame rate of 55 to 70FPS on Dirt 2. When playing the same game at the same resolution on a maxed out Late 2012 MacBook Pro retina 15-Inch (using the 650m), it only got 35fps. And they were both played at the same res.

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Unfortunately, it isn't. It's the same chip as 650m in my iMac and is barely mediocre for 1080p gaming. 1gb vs 512mb vRAM difference is insignificant, since the GPU can't handle any task where more than 512mb is needed. 1080p nowadays requires at least 760m/765m to be somewhat enough for most gamers. I would be really happy if my iMac had one of these.


All that stuff is internal. I purchased the basic 21.5 hi-end model with i7 BTO option. It had 8gb RAM and 1tb HDD. So I had to purchase the 256gb Samsung blade SSD for 2012 rMBPs on eBay, as well as 16gigs of RAM, and then tear my iMac apart to install all of it. Wasn't easy, I gotta tell you.
I have to disagree with you on the 750m, I was able to get a varying frame rate of 55 to 70FPS on Dirt 2. When playing the same game at the same resolution on a maxed out Late 2012 MacBook Pro retina 15-Inch (using the 650m), it only got 35fps. And they were both played at the same res.
 

kaellar

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I have to disagree with you on the 750m, I was able to get a varing frame rate of 55 to 70FPS on Dirt 2. When playing the same game at the same resolution on a maxed out Late 2012 MacBook Pro retina 15-Inch (using the 650m), it only got 35fps. And they were both played at the same res.
It's certainly due to optimisations made by DIRT developers. 650m and 750m ARE the same GK107 GPU, with only slightly different clocks. It's actually the weakest Kepler GPU available out there, and it is weak overall.
 

MacsRgr8

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Nice! The maxed out 2013 iMac is a real beast. That 4Gb GDDR5 VRAM graphics card looks very powerful. So what was it you bought your iMac for?


X-Plane 10, some gaming (F1, GRiD, COD, etc.) and the usual Office-iLife-internet -stuff.

The 1 TB SSD along with the i7 and 780M makes this Mac a real treat! :cool:

If the new Mac Pro was less expensive and the Dual D700 was better at gaming (in OS X) I would have considered the new Mac Pro with a 27" Display.