Just realizing this is probably the last iMac made before Apple released the iMac with Retina Display.
Will the RAM and processor boost (as well as more free space on the spinning drive) make the iMac outperform my MBP?
I have the iMac now (need to load the OS so I won’t be able to dig out much more in spec. info until I do).
If I stumble across a pile of cash, I suppose I could use Apple’s trade-in program to use this iMac for a “rebate” toward a new iMac or iMac pro.
If I stumble across a smaller pile of cash, I could have a local Experimac franchise put in a 2TB SSD… I like tech work and replaced the fans on my first MBP; but I feel taking apart an iMac is beyond what I want to get myself into (and/or stuck half-way through!!).
Thank you all in advance for your thoughts on this!
I also usually run a million things in the background and multiple apps open at once (plus a million tabs in Chrome that I do try to put to sleep with “The Great Suspender”). … Some of the background apps are “MPU-recommended” (Text Expander, Drobbox, Backblaze, etc.).
Still, just checking via Stats Bar (also running in the background), I’ve got 10GB of RAM doing something.
edit: AND typing this answer caused my fan to start running on the MBP for awhile. But I think that is because I have so many things open at once.
I often close most everything, run a cleaning program or two, and/or reboot during the day to purge the problems my bad habits cause
Every now and then I’ll convert massive sized or mass amounts of video and photo files from one format to another; like bringing something in off my TiVo and re-encoding it.
I might want to make the iMac the always-on computer I can access remotely and save files to special folders for Hazel, etc. as David describes on the podcast.
I find that the RAM use stats don’t mean too much: Your computer should always be using nearly all of its RAM. A better indicator of whether the extra RAM will be of use to you is watching how often and how deeply (how much?) you use swap space. If you’re frequently using a few GB of swap, that’s a good indicator that you’re short of RAM, and nothing slows a computer more than being short of RAM.
I’m thinking the SSD will make more difference in your workload than the Ram will. MacOS is very efficient with it’s RAM usage, and with only 12GB I often run 2 Windows Virtual Machines along with my other day to day applications. the CPU will be faster, but not by THAT much. the SSD will be noticeable though, especially with the amount of multitasking you do.