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deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 06, 2018 11:44AM
various opinions at slick deals. Some say it is a good deal, some say 2017 is better deal. You decide.

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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 06, 2018 12:17PM
$1300 vs $2000?

$700+ better? nah. Only if you need bleeding edge. And if you *need* bleeding edge, then considering the *cheapest* 2017 iMac as your machine isnt really helping.

Save more $ =)



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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: hal
Date: March 06, 2018 12:31PM
I beat slick by a week! [forums.macresource.com]

hell yes that's a deal!
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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 06, 2018 01:00PM
It all depends on how future proof a machine you want. 7th generation CPU with USB-C/Thundercrap 3 and 2500 Mbps SSD make a decent upgrade. It could be the last Intel Mac you buy.



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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: jims
Date: March 06, 2018 01:43PM
Just bought one. I had been going between the refurb 2017 or this one. Still was almost $400 cheaper by the time you got sales tax on the Apple refurb.
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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 06, 2018 03:13PM
Bernie just got one for the wife, already delivered... needs a 16 Gb ram boost ASAP. =)

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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: March 06, 2018 09:26PM
That's just slightly better ($1,300 vs $1,365) than the ones jdc found last December at 6th Ave Electronics (via SlickDeals I think), one of which I bought. There must be more around. I'm quite happy with mine. As far as I can see, it's about as good as a 2017 model, for a lot less money. So far the 8GB RAM seems fine, too. The 2TB Fusion drive is part SSD, so I would guess that makes extra RAM less necessary.

Enabled me to put a 500GB SSD from OWC in my 2009 27" iMac and give that to my wife, too.

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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 06, 2018 10:17PM
Fusion drive is very fast for many things. Not as fast as a true flash drive, but no slouch. Suffers in write speeds, but still faster than *any* 2.5" SSD. Smokes my 2014 5k iMac. And both read/write are 4X the speed of a 2.5" SSD.

2017 iMacs are have even faster flash drives. 3000 MB/s. Amazing to think not long ago a good platter HDD was 30-50 MB/s...

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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 07, 2018 05:46AM
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jdc
Fusion drive is very fast for many things. Not as fast as a true flash drive, but no slouch. Suffers in write speeds, but still faster than *any* 2.5" SSD. ...

how is a fusion faster than *any* 2.5" SSD? I wold expect it to be faster than any 2.5" HD, but not SSD.
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Re: deal or no deal? Apple 27" iMac w/ Retina 5K Display (2015 Model): i5, 8GB DDR3 $1300 + Free Shipping
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 07, 2018 10:05AM
Fusion drives dont use 2.5" SSDs as the "SSD" part of their drive.

They use "flash" drives that are far far faster.

Just using numbers (not the same as real world, but all we have) -- your typical 2.5" SSD is probably 500 MB/s read/500 MB/s write.

From the chart above, you can see the 15' iMacs Fusion drive is 2000 MB/s read/625 MB/s write.

The super fast flash drive paired with the platter drive is key. Although only 128 GB, most everything we do all day can be done in that amount of space. So speeds stay high when accessing apps, files, whatever. However when copying data, which the Fusion drive doesnt think that a priortity, so it uses the combo of both. Hence the slower write speeds.

With all flash drive, there isnt that issue.



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