How does a 2009 MBP screen compare to New iMac?

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Re: How does a 2009 MBP screen compare to New iMac?
In reply to aman74, Jul 4, 2013

aman74 wrote:

Greg Eddinger wrote:

Basalite wrote:

From what I can gather from the previous post, the iMac will not only have a modest speed increase over a current Mac Mini, it also has a better screen not to mention a larger one than the 21" Lacie.

The iMac also has considerably more powerful graphics, which programs like Photoshop takes advantage of. The 27" iMac can also be configured to 32 gigs while the Mac mini is limited to 16 gigs of ram, although it is possible that either could support more, as if often the case with Macs.

It is an absolute pleasure editing my photos on my 27" iMac's screen. I will never go back to something smaller and with less resolution. I would take my time and try them out at an Apple store or any other store that has them.

The graphics card on the 27" could play a role for someone that uses a select group of it's tools, I don't use them often enough for that to be a benefit.

Heres a list of tools that use the graphics card. http://forums.adobe.com/message/4289204

Here's a link to some recent benchmarks for the Mac lines. That little Mac mini sure packs a punch. http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks

At this point I'm leaning toward the mini due to it's value and ability to be placed away from a microphone but an iMac with iOS 7 might tip me the other way. At this point the only variables that are keeping me from a final decision is will my Lacie 321 drivers work with the mini and if not can I get a good large monitor for under $500?

Thanks for the great advice. It's great to see there's still some great members in this forum.

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He doesn't care to look at facts, but rather just likes to think because it has a better gpu it must be better.

If it has a better graphics card then it is better at doing graphics processing. There's no disputing the obvious.

As you said, PS only uses the card for certain operations and furthermore,

What makes you think I am not aware of that? I have previously posted the actual Adobe page that lists what Photoshop tools take advantage of the GPU. The latest version adds even more GPU enhanced tools and future versions will continue to do so. Their other popular app, Lightroom, that currently doesn't use the GPU, will also likely use it in a future version. These are things to consider if you plan on keeping the computer for many years.

the new Intel HD400 on chip GPU makes it a non-issue anyhow. Just throwing this out there for the people that might want to investigate the real issues vs. blanket statements by frequent forum responders and mac evangelists.

I only discuss "real issues."

In the future if you disagree with something I write then could you at least address me instead of talking to someone else about what I said and ignoring me like you would ignore a child in the same room? That would be the respectful and courteous thing to do.

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