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Moore's Law (or more specifically, hundreds of super smart process and chip engineers) have more or less solved the performance problem in these integrated machines. We've been on the longest run I can remember of software being outpaced by hardware and as a result machines like the iMac look a whole lot more powerful than they did just a few years ago.
SSDs and very high capacity mechanical drives fixed the storage problem, while the advent of 27-inch high resolution LCD panels fixed the display problem. The new iMac can easily be a real workstation for users today, when in the past it was more of a machine you'd give to your parents. To be honest, after using it for a while, I actually like the new iMac.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4340/2...ac-review-2011
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My question is... Is an iMac worth it for it's price tag?

I'm not starting a flamewar or anything, but everything you can do on an iMac like that can be done on a custom PC too, right?

Don't get me wrong, it looks like it is a real beauty and I'm glad Apple finally packs some hefty hardware with the iMacs, it was really needed. Then again, I think the price tag is still too high for what they offer.

The only thing I'd think it would make it worth it for me is the IPS screen, it looks gorgeous.
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Those are some nice specs. Personally I wouldn't get it but I can see why people might want one. Those who want to casual game and an all in one package... you can't really get better than this hardware wise.

I do hate OSX, but that is another personal issue.
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the only thing i dislike is the fact that it IS an all in one.

Its got a very nice screen attached to that which a 27" IPS will run you about $1000, id hate to throw that out each time i wanted to upgrade

you can argue till your blue in the face that its a bad deal bla blah but unless you include a 27" IPS you cant make a fair comparision


i wouldnt feel quite as bad with the smaller one though lol
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My question is... Is an iMac worth it for it's price tag?

I'm not starting a flamewar or anything, but everything you can do on an iMac like that can be done on a custom PC too, right?

Don't get me wrong, it looks like it is a real beauty and I'm glad Apple finally packs some hefty hardware with the iMacs, it was really needed. Then again, I think the price tag is still too high for what they offer.

The only thing I'd think it would make it worth it for me is the IPS screen, it looks gorgeous.
Worth is subjective.

To get the same outcome as the iMac, you would have to buy a 27" IPS LCD.... and then mount a Sandy Bridge laptop or mATX build to it. The end result would be might be a bit better in price but much much uglier.

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the only thing i dislike is the fact that it IS an all in one.

Its got a very nice screen attached to that which a 27" IPS will run you about $1000, id hate to throw that out each time i wanted to upgrade

you can argue till your blue in the face that its a bad deal bla blah but unless you include a 27" IPS you cant make a fair comparision


i wouldnt feel quite as bad with the smaller one though lol
Anand had the exact same issue. A 27" IPS panel will last generations of builds.
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I guess...

How well does the HD6970m performs compared to the Desktop conuterpart?
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sure it looks nice, but I would never forgive myself for giving money to saint jobs.
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How well does the HD6970m performs compared to the Desktop conuterpart?
HD6970m = 960 cores (680MHZ), 1GB GDDR5 (1800MHz), 48 TMU, 32 RO
HD6850 = 960 cores (775MHZ), 1GB GDDR5 (2000MHz), 48 TMU, 32 RO

So 10-15% slower than a HD 6850.
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You can use it as a monitor when you upgrade. The display port is a dual way connector. I think the 27 inch screen is too big. At my school I work on them all the time. The 21.5 inch iMac is a much better deal for me.
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Does Anand honestly expect 60 fps with a mobile graphics chip running at native resolution 2560x1440? Hell, a GTX580 would have trouble getting avg. 60 fps at that res.
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