Worth Updating to New Imac 27 Retina?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jerseykid80, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. jerseykid80 macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2014
    Hello All,

    I usually upgrade every few years sell my current imac and buy the newest one. I currently own Late 2014 Imac 27 4.0 GHZ i7, 5k Retina with 16b Ram, 3 tb fusion, 2gb AMD m290x video card and applecare. Is there a noticeable difference in speed compared to the model I already have? Im debating whether i will notice a big difference anyone who has it or has made the jump any help would be great thanks.
  2. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    I highly doubt you're going to notice any difference, at all. Especially with those specs. On paper it's about 5-10% increase in speed, if that. Which is fine, as that's the norm now days, but for a Haskell to Broadwell/Skylake transition, I absolutely would not bother.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    For you it will make practically no difference.
  4. alexxk macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
  5. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    i have the same 2014 5k imac with 16 gb ram i7 and m295x
    i tested along side with my friend currents 395x imac, the differences is close to 0
    only in black magic disc the ssd has higher write and read speeds
    the boot is almost the same 13-14 sec
    importing files 0 or 1 sec difference wtf?
    copying files is a difference
    the heat is somehow the same
    the fan at 1200rpm is louder on the new one
  6. v.i.p.e.r macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2012
    It only makes a real difference in temperature / overheating. So if you are always on the limit and cpu / gpu will throttle it might be a benefit for you.

  7. makrom, Nov 17, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015

    makrom macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2015
    I have both models, there's no subjective speed difference. I only have the fastest i5 CPUs of the 2014 and 2015 models.

    The only reasons I can think of why I would uppgrade from a 2014 to a 2015 model:
    - you really don't care about the money
    - you work in a field where color gamut is of great relevance. Under normal usage, the difference is quite subtle. I can see it when they are next to each other, but telling blindly whether you are looking at a 2014 or 15 panel is quite challenging. Some reviewers were raving about it, but I'm quite confident that they're just full of it (full of placebo that is)
    - you use programs that benefit a lot from Skylake (which most programs don't)
    - You do a lot of internal copying or between the internal SSD and external storage that supports speeds > 1GB/s (advantage basically irrelevant if you use a Fusion Drive)
    - You greatly benefit from 64 GB of RAM (but forget about the higher frequency, the effective performance difference is very minor)
    - You are one of those people who have severe heat/noise issues with the 2014 model (I didn't)

    Then there are the new peripherals. The Trackpad is the only one I might consider upgrading. The mouse is basically the same, except that it has a built in battery now. Still the same unergonomic shape though, so I don't use it. The keyboard changed a bit but I use neither.
    Regardless, if you care about the new peripherals, they can easily be bought alone.
  8. jazz1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
  9. jazz1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
  10. makrom macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2015
    Yes. As far as I know, Apple hasn't officially confirmed this, but there are several credible sources that claim that it works.

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