2012 Ultra Thin iMac refresh buyers and owners thread

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  1. Carlo Medina

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    Very interesting!
    I'm hoping barefeats.com (or some other site) runs Photoshop and other CS6 tests on it as well for those of us who do HD video and mass amounts of photo editing with very large RAW files. Their site says their machine should arrive next Monday.
     
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    Processing. :( :( :(
     
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    Saw the 27" in store today. I am officially on the glossy bandwagon. It did look a little easy to see pixel structure up close, can't wait to see it at sitting distance.
     
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    Processing :(
     
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    Prepping for shipment!
     
  6. Carlo Medina

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    I can hear Sam's engines prepping for takeoff! ;)
    I'm very interested in your (and Ron's) opinion. I just bought a laptop for my girlfriend and it has Windows 8 on it. After setting it up and playing with it for more than eight hours over three days, I'm not a fan. I thought MS had done well with 7 and was hopeful that 8 would really be the one that gave me a viable competitor to Mac OSX. Alas, it proved not to be the case.
    So that $2K build I have in Newegg...well that might just sit in the cart indefinitely. If the 680MX that the iMac uses is really powerful enough to run Premiere and Photoshop well, I may just spring for a maxed out (CPU/GPU) 27" iMac with Fusion Drive and go aftermarket 16GB RAM and Drobo BeyondRAID enclosure or Lacie Thunderbolt RAID enclosure.
     
  7. Carlo Medina

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    Did a little recon of my own. Went to the newly reopened (and slightly relocated) Third Street Promenade store (man that place is HUGE) and played with a fully loaded 27" iMac. Loaded up Logic Pro and turned on Activity Monitor and played a 60+ track song and the CPU's eight cores barely went over 15% at any time. They had Photoshop CS6 but no pics so I wasn't able to mess around with it (although the fusion drive did load all programs extremely fast!). They didn't have Premiere Pro so I wasn't able to test that. Did launch Aperture and it certainly performed and rendered RAW files much faster than the same program/pics did on a Macbook Pro (even the rMBP). So color me impressed, at least initially.
    I'll wait for Barefeats' benchmarks this week, as well as testimony from Sam, Ron and some other people whose opinions I trust before splurging nearly 3K on this. But initial impressions were very good.
     
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    Edit: WRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA -
    Carlos, you will wanna see this post:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=16503839&postcount=215
    Thats'a spicy meatball!
    Still prepping!?!??
     
  9. Carlo Medina

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    Definitely eye-opening numbers! Just waiting for barefeats to confirm or add additional program benchmarks but those are definitely looking good!
    Will probably pull the trigger once I recover from Xmas spending :D
     
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    Cool cool.
    Also it got a Cnet editors choice.
    http://reviews.cnet.com/imac/
    Shows how easy it is to get to the RAM.
     
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    Yeah there was no way I was going 21" based on how difficult that version is to update RAM. It was always going to be either the 27" iMac, Mac Pro (if they got around to refreshing it before I pulled the purchase) or a custom build PC.
    I'm actually surprised by how much I dislike Windows 8. They better support 7 for the indefinite future because, putting my IT hat on, 8 is nearly unsuitable for business purposes. I know a lot of companies still using XP who need to upgrade because that OS will be end-of-life'd in 2014 by MS, and I'm betting companies will use 7 as long as they used XP and not migrate up to 8 (or subsequent releases) if they continue on this design trend of incorporating mobile and home OS and optimizing for touchscreens.
     
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    Updates incoming!
     
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    Very cool, it is kicking ass both on pro apps and gaming too!
    Details and discussion here, I didn't rip all his content, just the benches:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=16511860&postcount=254
    Mine is somewhere between China and Alaska, my delivery date is updated to 24 December, which I still won't be home for. Hoping against hope it can get here Friday instead,
     
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    My iMac is arriving 1 day earlier than UPS originally slated it for.

    It arrives, today, actually.

    Looking forward to getting all my old data migrated over and start
    using it.

    I got rid of my Logitech DiNovo Keyboard for Mac and bought a
    brand-new das Keyboard. Using it, briefly without being hooked
    up to a computer, I could already see my typing speed greatly
    increased. It's a noisy little f---er, but it really seems as good as
    the reviews suggest.
     
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    Oh frabjous happy dance!
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1510051
     
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    Cool Ron, keep us posted!
    I just realized I'm gonna want to hook this guy up to HDMI. I might have to steal the Mini DP to HDMI cable from my laptop (these are compatible with Thunderbolt right?) and then grab another from Amazon down the road to keep in my laptop bag...
     
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    Haha as a Lightroom user with 25MB RAW files from my 7D, I can certainly commiserate with that guy's experience. However I do wonder if him "screaming through" the pictures is due to the pics being on his SSD (can't tell based on his post). My library is way too big to be on the SSD portion of the fusion drive so it would either be on the traditional internal HD on the iMac, or on an external hard drive via FW800 or Thunderbolt.
     
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    Same here, my library is gonna be on 7200RPM Thunderbolt drives....
     
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    From the same thread:
    Mine is in Louisville. Still a chance it will be delivered tomorrow or Friday, but UPS still says Monday =(
     

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