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For those of you that have purchased iMacs, can I ask what specs you got? I'm looking at the 27 inch 2.9 ghz with either a 1tb or 3tb drive. I've already ordered additional RAM from OWC to bump it up to 24gb.
Gero, I bought the fully-loaded 27" iMac: fastest processor, upgraded video card , 3TB Fusion drive and 32GB of (3rd party) RAM. As Jim said, it's going to be obsolete soon anyway; we shooters have the need for speed and (this is the best part) I just spent under $3000 to get the fastest thing Apple sells, to replace a four-year-old MacPro tower that set me back almost $10K in 2009. IMHO, getting the fastest thing available today buys me about a year of extra time at the end of the life cycle, which is worth a fair amount of $$$ to me: that's a year where I won't have to spend a week bringing up a new system when the old one is just too slow to put up with any more.
My initial impressions are favorable: the display looks great and it is wicked fast at loading and displaying 1:1 pre-rendered RAW D800 images in LR4, though the rendering is best done as a background task before you try to look at them. The MacPro it replaces chokes on D800 files.
The jury is still out on Thunderbolt and the Drobo 5D: I'm not seeing the transfer times I would expect, especially since I installed the mSATA SSD in the Drobo. Last night I decided to move 20GB of files from one directory to another on the Drobo array, which should have taken no time at all: it took 20 minutes. Something's not right. Maybe I just need to let Spotlight index the array fully, or something. I think a call to Drobo may be in order.