7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 11:41 AM by seventy one
Quainton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Being a student, i am naturally drawn to purchasing an iMac desktop to perform the needs of my projects. Being that the new design of the iMac is drastically thinner than previous models, i am drawn to the common question of heat. Yes it is probably asked everywhere on here but i need a definitive answer before i drop a large portion of my money into a machine i will be using.

 

Essentially, the machine would be used for editing/rendering of video formats, graphic design and of course running of a few games.

Now i've already done some reading on the matter and have read that most Apple Products have good thermal management provided that you don't use them for 100% CPU (on all cores) + 100% GPU tasks for a long time. Though the processes i will be running on the machine will more than likely run at that or close to.

 

In responce, the question needs to be asked whether or not i should look elsewhere for a machine or will this new slim-lined iMac be feesable for the applications and processes i have in mind.


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  • 1. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    UKoC Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    The new iMac will certainly work for what you are after, just make sure you get the right processor and enough RAM in the beginning.

     

    Also, it's not quite as thin as people think it is. There is some trickery involved in the images on the Apple website - with every image only showing a leading edge and nothing else. The back of the unit bulges out like the current iMacs and isn't actually much thinner in that regard.

     

    Overall I would call them more 'chiselled' rather than 'thinner'...unless of course you're just looking at the edge

     

    Regards,

  • 2. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    I'd suggest that the thinness has greater potential for being more easily damaged. Apart from the fact that students tend to be more casual about handling things (not judging you ), the nature of the build suggests that repairs will be costly as more components are jammed into less space.   And horror upon horror ... NO DVD.

  • 3. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,470 points)

    Essentially, the machine would be used for editing/rendering of video formats

     

    Bear in mind that the new iMacs do not have an optical drive, nor any software for burning DVDs.

  • 4. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    dwb Level 7 Level 7 (20,200 points)

    The new iMacs look like they'll be just as good at performing your tasks as the current (largely unavailable) iMacs. The one caveat is the lack of an optical drive. That doesn't affect me since the video I produce goes from computer to server for streaming but if you intend to make DVDs you'll need an external burner.

  • 5. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    Quainton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    And horror upon horror ... NO DVD.

     

    Surprisingly this is one of the reasons i was looking into purchasing this model. For a few years i havent used my Optical drive as i usually burn to external HDD or to my Cloud server.

     

    Regarind the damage costs, would there be any reason to believe that due to nature of new model/design and as you said increased vulnerability to damage there would be an increase to the already expensive apple care?

  • 6. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    dwb Level 7 Level 7 (20,200 points)

    Until we get our hands on there there is no reason to say one way or the other about how vulnerable the new iMacs will be to damage or more expensive to repair.

  • 7. Re: How will the new iMac fare against my needs....
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    Without actual access and previous experience, it is difficult to confirm.  The new Mac is not yet released, but it's not unreasonable to assume that access to its' components will be restricted and replacing them so much more difficult.

     

    Hence it will be more costly.  

     

    Yes, you will have dyed in the wool followers that will call 'rubbish' ... but mark my words, in 12 months time the attitude will be very different.