Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:08 UTC
smashIt
Member since:
2005-07-06

and the iMac can easily render 1080p videos and still dynamically allocate enough power for me to continue to do other stuff without even so much as a hiccup


and that's something special?

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by lucas_maximus on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:30 in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I was thinking the same, my main home PC has a mobo from 2005 and it never had problems with 1080p video, and of next week won't have problems with 1080p games.

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by WereCatf on Thu 27th Sep 2012 23:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I don't know anything about Macs, really, but it does sound like something people have been having issues with. I do not know why, like e.g. if it is just something people have screwed up themselves or if it has been some sort of an issue with OSX itself.

On my Windows PC I've been playing 1080p games on my primary screen and 1080p videos on the secondary screen for a while now without so much as a hiccup, and under Linux I remember having watched some videos on a secondary screen while a compilation was going in on the primary screen like about 10 years ago -- granted, the video was not 1080p back then, but CPUs weren't as powerful either.

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by bassbeast on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 06:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Heck my PC is running a 2 year old AMD Hexacore I paid a whole $110 for and an HD4850 which I got for less than $50 off of Geeks and I can do full 1080P WHILE doing a video transcode and having a chat window open and not skip a beat, there has been many a time I've been transcoding a video to DVD in the background while playing a game, nary a hiccup.

So yeah...1080P...My GF's $300 AMD triple core with HD5450 does that just fine while she checks her FB, so not really a big whoop anymore. Heck even my $350 EEE E350 netbook will do 1080P over HDMI without skipping so I'd say that should pretty much be the LEAST you should look for in a system.

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 28th Sep 2012 07:46 in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"and the iMac can easily render 1080p videos and still dynamically allocate enough power for me to continue to do other stuff without even so much as a hiccup


and that's something special?
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It is for Mac OS X, which was my point ;) .

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by krreagan on Fri 28th Sep 2012 21:06 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

Interesting... I have a early 2006 Intel iMac (original Intel iMac, CoreDuo 2GB) that I run two displays on and can do 1080 movies while developing on the other screen. The movies never hiccup! I keep hoping that it will die so I can talk the boss into letting me purchase a nice new 27" iMac. drool, drool, but it keeps on going :/. Almost 7 years old and still a great machine.

If you don't think the "independent" store sales/tech reps will fill you full of BS, you are naive. They probably know you will "trust" them more if they talk "honestly" about the product they sell. They are still slimy sales folk.

Krreagan

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by henderson101 on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 14:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

"and that's something special?


It is for Mac OS X, which was my point ;) .
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Really? What was the last Intel Mac you used before this current one? My late 2007 Macbook can do the same and it has a 2.2GHz core2Duo and 4GB of RAM. It can also do low latency audio, which none of my Windows laptops can handle without using the special ASIO4ALL driver that hacks ASIO support.

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by dgoemans on Sun 30th Sep 2012 13:12 in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
dgoemans Member since:
2008-08-23

My phone does this too! ;)

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