Xcode Development on iMac Retina

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Plumhead, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Plumhead macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2012
    Toying with the idea of picking up an iMac Retina - mainly for Xcode development (I like lots of screen real estate) with a little bit of photo editing on the side. I don't play games so I'm not worried about that side of things.

    I'd go with faster CPU and straight SSD (most of my storage is cloud based so large capacity not required) but would base 290 be ok or will 295 GPU be better?

    Anyone got any experience/thoughts on such a setup they can share?
  2. rainydays macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2006
    The 290 should be just fine! You might notice a slight performance boost with the 295 in GPU accelerated image editing applications (such as Photoshop), but unless you use it for heavy editing all day long it won't make much of a difference to you.
  3. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    I've got a fully maxed out 5k iMac and my girlfriends is the base model and I don't see $1500 difference in performance to be honest. She plays games on her's and I do development. The 5k display is great for Xcode and the reason I bought mine.
  4. ra004e macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    I mostly code and sysadmin on mine ( base ), I have been using 3200x1800 setting and find the 290x to be fine at that res ( I had 295x in another unit that had to go back, really not that much difference for what I use it for. ). Talk about real estate you have to try at full 5k at some point, unfortunately my eyes are not that good, but for me 3200x1800 is very effective. The best part of retina displays is after a full day of coding, etc sometimes my eyes get fatigued and it's so awesome just to back down the resolution to more a comfortable setting. Amazing flexibility as a display device.

    Warning: Once to start using this device it's REALLY hard to use anything else, so if have to work on another machine else where, You won't be happy :)
  5. EnderTW macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    I have xcode, limechat, sketch, st3, safari, chrome, terminals, and pdfs open flipping in between both, base model. It is no problem.

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