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Old 11-29-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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Anyone working with C4D on the new iMacs?

I'm contemplating the hypothesis of getting a new Mac.
But the new iMacs look so thin. Do they get hotter than the old iMacs when rendering?
Are they any good? (and no, I can't afford a Mac Pro and I DON'T want a Windows machine).
Please, any input will be appreciated.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:24 AM   #2
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
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Darn! I will have to wait, then.
Thank you, David.

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #4
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"The new iMacs feature Intel's "Ivy Bridge" 2.7GHz or 2.9GHz quad-core Core i5 processors, 8GB of memory, 1TB hard drives, and Nvidia graphics chipsets with 512MB of RAM. The desktops also shun optical drives -- the last of Apple's computer lines to dump the devices -- and retained the previous models' screen sizes and resolutions."

At 1300/1700 USD, that doesn't really look like a very good price/power/functionality ratio for 3D here, at all...

This is a luxury item, not a sensible workstation.

If money is a factor (it seems so, since you say you cannot afford the MacPro) and this is just about the OS, you know you can make windows 7 look and act almost exactly like OSX (including reading/writing Mac formatted hard drives) or even build an OSX-compatible computer yourself...

I wouldn't question prefering an apple portable device (laptop, tablet, phone) as they have some pros, but replacing a workstation with that seems a strange decision.
 
Old 11-30-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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Recent benchmarks (not CineBench) put the new units at up to 25% faster then last models. As usual, mileage will vary. Core CPU strength is where C4D will get a render boost, so I would expect a nice bump. YMMV.

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by EricM
"The new iMacs feature Intel's "Ivy Bridge" 2.7GHz or 2.9GHz quad-core Core i5 processors, 8GB of memory, 1TB hard drives, and Nvidia graphics chipsets with 512MB of RAM. The desktops also shun optical drives -- the last of Apple's computer lines to dump the devices -- and retained the previous models' screen sizes and resolutions."

At 1300/1700 USD, that doesn't really look like a very good price/power/functionality ratio for 3D here, at all...

This is a luxury item, not a sensible workstation.

If money is a factor (it seems so, since you say you cannot afford the MacPro) and this is just about the OS, you know you can make windows 7 look and act almost exactly like OSX (including reading/writing Mac formatted hard drives) or even build an OSX-compatible computer yourself...

I wouldn't question prefering an apple portable device (laptop, tablet, phone) as they have some pros, but replacing a workstation with that seems a strange decision.


Suffice it to say that for many, OS choice is determinative (this works both ways, of course). And while many have built kickass Mac OS-running PCs, some don't want the hassle and potential compatibility issues with a hackintosh.

There are hacks to make Windows look Like Mac OS, but they all fail spectacularly in the details (which is where the years of OS-based muscle memory and hard-earned knowledge abide).

There are pros to the iMacs besides the OS: virtually silent; and a state-of-the-art display (a similar one would be pretty expensive on the PC side). Personally, I think prioritizing the quality of the display is pretty sensible. (I have got a top-of-the-line IPS Dell display for my Mac pro, and it isn't nearly as good as my colleague's Cinema displays).

Not saying that there aren't tradeoffs, there are with any decision.
 
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