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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: The iMac Is coming today! Yeah! Reply with quote

It is due by 10:30 am. At least that is what Fedex tracking reads . I am going to set it up in the computer room for a few days to be sure it works right then I will wall mount it in the kitchen. I am looking forward to using it. I am hoping no dead pixels no flicker no tinge no grey bars. I am hoping quiet hdd. It will be pretty fast.


Down the road I will put in a better hdd. It comes with a 1tb hitachi. I may put in a 256gb ssd but Not until I get a very good price. It looks pretty hard to take it apart. So that upgrade will not be done quickly.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It arrived and it is set up. Less then 20 minutes to get it hooked up and on the net. Gotta love mac osx. First impressions I could use this on my computer desk. yeah it is bigger but it is so much clearer then the 24 inch 1920 by 1200 screen. Fan is very quiet really quiet. It is snappy when calling up apps. speakers are pretty good.


If only it was 800! not 1600! I did pay less with various rebates. I am going to run this with xbench and do some quick testing.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc2=412650



imac 3.06 vs macmini 2.66 total



I---------------M

174------------204.68 -------total score

4---------------8--------------ram

219.22--------189.06 CPU

the two tests below really show the speed of the ssd over the hdd

I ----------------- M
13.05---------------1285.38 random uncached write 4k blocks
1.38 MB/sec--------136.07 MB/sec


.85 MB/sec--------- 10.29 MB/sec
120.65---------------1452.21 random uncached read 4k blocks

I am not going to swap the ssd into the imac anytime soon. if you go to the link above it shows the scores of the two machines factor out the ssd and the imac is far faster then the mini.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just added 16gb ram so it is maxed. it had samsung ram pair of 2 gb sticks. it now has 16gb 4 4gb sticks of supertalent ram (samsung chips) so far it works well. I just played a standard dvd picture was okay due to the iMac exposing film flaws sound is nice. you could use the speakers as stand alone or add a sub only for added bass.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you think of the built in speakers?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The built in speakers are good you can get away with adding a small sub and just use the built in speakers. I just have to figure if I can run them that way.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
I just have to figure if I can run them that way.


I don't think you can. If you figure it out let us know.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it run hot, like so many have said?

Also, congratz on the purchase!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the interior is cool it has 3 fans.

cpu = ______________ 99 f

room temp = _________ 73 f

optical drive = ________111 f while watching heartbreak hotel

mem controller = _____117 f with 16 ram 4 4gb sticks

GPU Heatsink = _______122 f

GPU Diode = _________124 f

Northbridge = ________140 f

Power Supply 2 = _____126 f

The screen feels warm the top of machine is warm. The interior numbers are what counts.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
philiparcario wrote:
I just have to figure if I can run them that way.


I don't think you can. If you figure it out let us know.


I don't know if it is possible,but it would be nice. it really only needs some bass the speakers are damn good from 100hz and up..
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy I'm envious! That would be so cool to mount your Imac, then be able to keep the keyboard & mouse out of sight until you need. Would make for a very clean workspace. Congratz again, and keep us updated.

I'll be interested because down the line I'd like to get one for my studio.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am looking at using a wall pocket from staples.



wall pocket link

this should give me clean lines and fit mouse and keyboard

apple wall mount adapter

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC434ZM/A

actual wall mount

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/OMNIMOUNT-17FM-F-S-/50-7950
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow It came a week ahead of time Smile Its a nice rig, good internal speakers & it runs cool. I Just don't like glossy screens, IMO, best iMac to date. Never going to use that much RAM Very Happy Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I have been testing the iMac. First off i purchased apple care for 69 dollars off an ebay seller.


ebay link for applecare
after rebates only 60 bucks.

I registered the plan and burned a tech tools dvd from apple online the imac passed eveything all 16gb ram hdd's video card. etc. next I setup the new owc mercury elite-al pro Qx2. This one has 4 samsung 1tb drives in a stripe raid for max speed. take a look at the test
scores for My iMac

http://db.xbench.com/search.xhtml?text=zzzzz5


The highest score is with the owc and 4 1tb drives far better then the internal hdd.

owc score


http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc2=428527


highest internal hdd score

http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc2=428020 what I find remarkable is the improvement in 4k random write blocks and 4k random read blocks

random write is 17.85 MB/ sec with owc and a fw800 connection as a 4tb stripe

random write is 1.79 MB/sec with oem 1tb hdd.

random read is 10.01 MB/sec with owc and a fw800 connection as a 4tb stripe

random read is 0.79 MB/sec with oem 1tb hdd

overall the owc osx gave me a 228 xbench vs 187 oem internal hdd. same osx on both drives just clone with superduper.

this is a remarkable improvement a good way to run a super fast stripe raid would be a pair of the samsung f3 1tb's and owc's


http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEFW936AL2/


this could be done for about 275 with a pair of samsung f3 1tb hdds in a 2tb stripe. would hook up to your mini's fw800 and have more storage and speed then an internal hdd upgrade.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
well I have been testing the iMac. First off i purchased apple care for 69 dollars off an ebay seller.


I hope you took the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the growing AppleCare fraud on Ebay
http://reviews.ebay.com/FAKE-APPLECARE-APPLE-CARE-A-warning-to-buyers_W0QQugidZ10000000011731235?

Reminds me of the old saying "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"
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