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Fusion drive or not

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tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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Dec 13, 2012 12:29 AM

I'm going to be ordering the new 27 inch iMac in the next few months. I'm debating whether to go with the Fusion drive option when I do order.

 

 

Boot times won't be an issue has I'll be sleeping the iMac, rather than shutting it down everytime I've finished with it (as I was tolded on here that's its best to do this the vast amount of the time).

 

 

Main uses for me would be:

 

 

Surfing, emailing, iTunes, burning to cd and DVD with Toast Titanium, bit of photo editing, bit of video converting of AVI to DVD conversion, using the Screen Flow application.

 

 

I was wondering if I would see much benefit in having the Fusion drive over just the standard 1TB hard drive?

 

 

Thanks in advance.

Windows Vista, iPad (3rd Gen) 32GB iPhone 5 32GB
  • noumax Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2012 2:58 AM (in response to tal1971)

    Be careful that you won't have DVD unit on new IMAC (so burning CD...), you may consider to have an external (thunderbolt, maybe), drive instead of fusion drive.

  • Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,630 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 3:27 AM (in response to tal1971)

    Access time to start Apps, system, etc.would be much faster with the Fusion drive.  Routine tasks like online sites opening while surfing the Internet, and such, would be no faster.

     

     

    Hope this helps

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 4:25 AM (in response to tal1971)

    What is the difference in price between standard and ordering the fusion extra?

  • Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,630 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 4:45 AM (in response to roam)

    The US difference in price between the 1 TB standard hard drive and the 1 TB Fusion hard drive is $250.

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 2:06 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Thanks Radiation Mac, I guess in Aust. it would be slightly higher as Apple stuff usually is, despite the stronger $AUD. I think it is a bit pricey.

     

    tal1971: Fusion drive is a clever technology but a 7200rpm HDD is also superfast for disk technology and would run like the wind. I'd spend the £200 on something else.

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