Which iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Yaccity, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Yaccity macrumors member

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    I am looking to replace my 2012 non-retina 27" iMac with a refurbished retina...Here are the two I am looking at...

    A) 3.2GHz i5
    8GB Ram
    AMD R9 M390
    256GB Flash SSD
    $1,779

    OR B) 3.3GHz i5
    8GB Ram
    AMD R9 M395
    2TB Fusion
    $1,949

    These machines will be used for media consumption, and light photoshop/illustrator down the road.
     
  2. roberthallin macrumors member

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    A: Faster but smaller storage and lower price.

    B: Faster CPU and GPU but (partially) slower, but larger, storage as well as a higher price.

    Only you know what your priorities are, but both will work very well for your intended use.
     
  3. firedept macrumors 603

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    I think B will be your better choice. Allows for more storage and is only slightly slower than A. A would be fine if you will have additional external storage. Just remember that photos can take up a lot of space.
     
  4. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    If I were buying it would be B but I wouldn't like the Fusion drive as much but I would take the Skylake chip and more powerful graphics chip.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    What do you want, a SSD that will always be fast, but only holds 256GB or a faster GPU and a larger capacity storage with some flash storage being used.

    For me I opted for option b, as I purchased the M395 5k iMac last November and I've not regretted it. I understand the pros and cons of the Fusion drive but my needs were such that the 2TB drive was a better fit.

    It all boils down to what you want.
     
  6. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    Option B, no question. You can add an external SSD later if you like with little real world penalty over the NV RAM drive. But you'll likely find the fusion works well.
     
  7. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I did a little bit of researching, moved money around, and got a website building job today so I am look at different iMac's. Here are my new choices...

    A) Which was "B" mentioned above
    3.3GHz i5
    8GB Ram
    AMD R9 M395
    2TB Fusion
    $1,949

    B) 3.3 i5
    8GB Ram
    R9 M395
    512 Flash
    $2,119

    C) 4.0 i7
    8GB Ram
    R9 M395
    2Tb Fusion
    $2,169

    D) 3.3 i5
    8GB Ram
    R9 M395X
    2TB Fusion
    $2,169
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Your latest choices basically boil down to an iMac with an SSD, or a model with an i7 or a model with the M395x.

    Out of the alternatives, you just posted which component will mean the most to you in terms of satisfying a need. The M395x is supposed to be a fast GPU, the i7 is great for demanding apps, and the 512GB SSD will be flat out fast.

    If it were me, I'd opt for the last option, because of my usage and space requirements. If I could live within 512GB of space, then option B would be a no brainer.
     
  9. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    I'd opt for option C because unless you are doing video editing/gaming, it is unlikely you'll need the extra 2GB VRAM, but the i7 is a clear upgrade win -- especially for photoshop/illustrator.
     
  10. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I am stuck between these two. I can live with the 512 Flash because I can add a Thunderbolt drive if need be. I have a Fusion drive in my 2012 iMac, and it performs well.

    Is the R9 M395X a significant, earth shattering upgrade from the R9 M395?

    3.3 i5
    8GB Ram
    R9 M395X
    2TB Fusion
    $2,169

    OR

    B) 3.3 i5
    8GB Ram
    R9 M395
    512 Flash
    $2,119
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Check out these benchmarks to determine if you think it justify the price;
    http://barefeats.com/imac5k15.html

    From my perspective, the i5/512GB SSD is the better option
     
  12. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I am going with that one as well. There is not too much that separates the 395 and 395X
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    The differences are more noticeable for game playing, I'm not sure it will be that noticeable for other tasks.
     
  14. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I rarely game, and if I do it would be something like Sim City or Counter Strike.
     
  15. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    don't get a fusion drive.if the ssd portion or the hhd portion dies the whole thing dies.i would just buy a ssd
     
  16. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    B for sure. The bump in the GPU will help a lot, the CPU helps too. Plus the 2TB Fusion has 128GB SSD so comparing 128GB to 256GB isn't that big of a deal.
     
  17. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I just ordered this one
    3.3 i5
    8GB Ram
    R9 M395
    512 Flash
    $2,119

    Should be here Monday or Tuesday. I ordered another 16GB of ram from Crucial.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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  19. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your help!
     

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