iMac 24” (M1, 2021) Base Model VS Upgraded Model - Don't Be FOOLED!

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    The base model iMac looks like a good deal with its 4.5K Retina display, good speakers, webcam, and all-in-one design for $1299 it could be the most popular iMac model... however, there's a secret in this iMac that Apple doesn't tell you about, and it's a more than just a couple missing ports and a disabled GPU core...

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Vor 11 Monate
KEW MORE
KEW MORE

whats a ''baa-en'' ? cant you ppl say '''button'' ?

Vor Monat
For Real
For Real

Too verbose. Trying to be funny. But the gags were really dry. Not worth making the videos longer. Keep it short, pal!

Vor 8 Monate
dureila
dureila

your just like my brother the second i say “i want a macbook” (example) he tells me all these techs things and idk what he’s saying and just says SO DONT GET IT in the end …

Vor 10 Monate
GGGG1040
GGGG1040

Thanks 🙏🏻

Vor 11 Monate
PSM -IPOD64 Z16 X 11
PSM -IPOD64 Z16 X 11

Can you test the speed of both the Thunderbolt and the USB C in file transfer speed from an external drive ? Seemed that the speed is limited to not more than 700 MBps !!

Vor 11 Monate
whippet0
whippet0

This is the most informative video on the 24" iMac I have watched. It is the only one that actually explains the real-world differences between models.

Vor 11 Monate
Dracula
Dracula

I have the base model and it has Touch ID keyboard and usb port in the back and ethernet so I am I a bit confused

Vor 3 Monate
Man from Wuhan
Man from Wuhan

@Lisa Defries you pay 20 percent more for 8 percent more performance. Not worth it. The base model is always the way to go with apple

Vor 7 Monate
Fath Ali Shah Redza Bin Mohamad Mukhtar
Fath Ali Shah Redza Bin Mohamad Mukhtar

Totally agree 💯

Vor 10 Monate
Crypto Joe
Crypto Joe

@Lisa Defries agreed

Vor 11 Monate
Lisa Defries
Lisa Defries

Yep I certainly wouldn’t go for cheapest version now I know it so different inside.

Vor 11 Monate
Courtney Dorward - Red Panda Designs
Courtney Dorward - Red Panda Designs

This is by far the most detailed iMac M1 comparison that talks about what maters, like the cooling system rather than the colour of the box strap. Thank you, high quality as always.

Vor 11 Monate
Mog Net
Mog Net

Thank you for this video! I have been looking everywhere for a decent comparison between the base model and the mid model. I ordered the base model and was agonizing over whether or not to spend the extra money to upgrade to the mid. I knew there had to a catch to the base model’s lower price outside of the lack of Touch ID, 1 GPU core, and 2 ports, so I’m glad you touched upon the internal differences re cooling. But even with the differences in the internal cooling setup I probably won’t notice much difference. I don’t do video editing or much photo editing and my current job is all about writing. So I think for my needs the base model is more than good enough, as nice as it would be to have the shinier version. Maybe ill spend the extra 50 bucks on a Touch ID keyboard, though.

Vor 11 Monate
Luis Davila
Luis Davila

I'm not even thinking of buying a new iMac, but I enjoy keeping up with how the newer generations are built! Amazing presentation on the performance of the two models!

Vor 11 Monate
Tim Gurr
Tim Gurr

The biggest drawback is Apple not letting customers know the total difference between the base and the upgrade. They should have informed customers of cooler differences that can affect performance. Apple owes consumers an apology for not fully identifying all the differences. And if one needs more ports one either buys the upgrade or a separate ports module. So perhaps difference in cost is not as great as one may think. I think the only difference should have been in the monitor: 1080 versus 4.5K. Leave the internal cooling design and the number of ports the same.

Vor 11 Monate
John Wade
John Wade

Thanks for the comparisons. I am still waiting for the bigger iMac/more powerful iMac Mini but it is interesting to see how the design specs affect the Output. Perhaps the same will apply to the upper tier models as well… But you know the old adage which still rings true in my opinion: ‘You only get what you pay for” The original M1 Mac Air/M1 Mac Mini possibly did buck that trend but Apple knows that these models only piqued peoples’ interest. As everyone is saying, the new models ain’t gonna be cheap - he he….

Vor 11 Monate
Forgive My Laughter
Forgive My Laughter

Great breakdown. I knew all of this except the dual fan thing and redesign part of the cooling system from just skimming through synopsis and easily chose the base model. What helped was knowing the base is a much higher end PC compared to the 2011 21.5” iMac, which I own, still running strong (granted I had to replace the HDD with an SSD 7 or 8 years in but still, running great) so a iMac built in 2021 should (even in the base model version) be a wayyyyyy better iMac in all respects. Side note: I’ve used wifi with my iMac the entire time I owned it. Never needed Ethernet and yeah there are less ports but who cares external port devices are easy to get if ever needed as guy pointed out. The main difference is 8 core vs 7 core. For me that’s a no brainer, as there is almost no diff at that little of a jump. If it was 7 core, 15 core step up, I’d be thinking about it. Not for 1 more core 😂 fuck outta here wit dat shitttt 🍎

Vor 5 Monate
springsteen8154
springsteen8154

Shocking that Apple doesn't clearly advertise these differences. Great work to fully explain these differences. The base model should be fine for me but thanks for the info👍😎

Vor 9 Monate
Stop Wars
Stop Wars

Not shocking, it's simply _'deceptive retail,'_ as usual..most Companies hide details of production & durability, quality etc etc.

Vor Monat
Copendon
Copendon

An interesting and crazy comparison could be the effect of the trottling/heat issues, between the basic iMac and lower end/same specs iPad Pro. Crazy now, but if WWDC brings true monitor support and Pro apps to the iPadOS then i lot of people would be interested in using the iPad for editing as well. Seeing how the basic iMac perform compared to the iPP might suggest how the iPP would be usefull as both a portable device and a workmachine connected to a larger screen. Please Please Please

Vor 11 Monate
w0mbles
w0mbles

My opinion: 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD are the minimum spec for any real work. 8GB is a crime, and speaks poorly of Apple. Their price gouging on RAM and storage is ridiculous.

Vor 6 Monate
Madison Ten
Madison Ten

Hi Greg, did you monitor the fan speeds of both during the tests? Is there a chance the 16gb on the higher end model is affecting the benchmark results or do the benchmark apps not use up the ram? Haven’t long discovered your videos, really enjoying them thanks.

Vor 11 Monate
Kristen Thomas
Kristen Thomas

The most helpful video on the M1 iMac that I've watched so far. Thank you for making the differences make sense to both people who will be doing graphics heavy tasks, as well as the people who are just doing basic tasks (email, word processing, internet browsing, etc.).

Vor 4 Monate
taurus20077
taurus20077

Personally, I'd upgrade to 16GB of unified memory before the storage because you can always get more storage with externals drives! You can't do that with memory...

Vor 11 Monate
Goalatio
Goalatio

9 months later but not sure if 16gb is really necessary.. I run AstroPixelProcessor stacking hundreds of 12.6mb images on my 8gb and have never used swap. I can't really think of a more RAM intensive task as that would easily max out my dual xeon z820 with 64gb of ram.

Vor 2 Monate
Turtle Oceanic
Turtle Oceanic

Smart lads

Vor 7 Monate
Orion83
Orion83

Agreed. It should also extend the longevity. It's poor that some computers at this price are still only coming with 8GB RAM (and yes, I appreciate Mac OS is better optimised, but still).

Vor 7 Monate
Evan Zhang
Evan Zhang

Exactly, I ordered an silver high end model with upgraded 16GB ram and base storage. Will get it several days later.

Vor 11 Monate
Alright27
Alright27

It's very interesting how the m1 macbook pro with 1 fan performs almost the same as the m1 imac with 2 fans, but the m1 imac with only 1 fan falls behind the m1 macbook pro. I heard somewhere that with the dual fans, you also get a heat pipe where as with the single fan model, you don't. So maybe thats why.

Vor 11 Monate
Steve Horrocks
Steve Horrocks

Hi Greg, Great video, thanks very much. Could it be that the higher spec model with the two fans and the heat pipe is going to be fitted with a higher spec CPU (M2 or whatever Apple will call it) at some stage and they will have various versions of the 24 inch model with different power CPUs?

Vor 11 Monate
Mark Moore
Mark Moore

The base model would really round out my setup. After using two M1 based products, I’ve realized the base is plenty for me.. I don’t do any video or photo editing. The lack of ports does suck but can be remedied with dongles and hubs so whatever.

Vor 11 Monate
T K
T K

Both models don't have enough ports

Vor 6 Monate
stefano giovannini
stefano giovannini

With the 4 port model you can save on storage. You could attach with velcro on the back a fast 1TB SSD drive and keep your video/music library files there. It is a drag that you end up copying rather than moving files, but you get a clean solution without too many cables on the desk. The docking station is expensive. I also experienced with the hubs on my MacBook Air disconnections if i plug 2 5TB portable drives to a hub. The power provided may not be sufficient on a sustained level. Although probably you could use 2 separate hubs. Is there a real difference in Lightroom Classic and Final Cut Pro between 8GB and 16GB RAM?

Vor 11 Monate
cbm80amiga
cbm80amiga

The difference in CPU performance is caused mainly by the fact that cheaper iMac has no heat pipe but only simple radiator and the fan placed far from it. Even MBA is better because with thermopads it gives similar performance like MBP.

Vor 11 Monate
Lisa Defries
Lisa Defries

Drat I was hoping it wouldn’t come up as feeling that different 😂 I’m still uncertain should I go for cheapest iMac at 27 inches screen 2020 ? (not pro version too expensive for me) or for a middle end version of this fun looking looking M1 iMac 24 Think mid tear is around £1500 vs iMac 27 2020 at about £1900

Vor 11 Monate
Jesse Andersen
Jesse Andersen

honestly I think what those scores tell us, is more about the chip than the fan. as we've already seen with the air and the pro, a fan doesn't take much of a difference, so the difference between 1 fan and two should be even smaller. I think this is telling us that the lower binned chips are lacking more than a single GPU core. it would seem that the quality of the whole chip takes a step down.

Vor 11 Monate
Dekyn Peters
Dekyn Peters

I have the base model, and I absolutely love it. I’m just trying to find some accessories to pair with it.

Vor 10 Monate
Judi Bechhoefer
Judi Bechhoefer

Me too. I'm finding it works very well. No issues whatsoever

Vor Monat
Kevin Qin
Kevin Qin

@Julia Gess Not sure why you asked such a simple question... but of course. Roblox would be smooth as butter

Vor 5 Monate
Julia Gess
Julia Gess

Can you play roblox on it without lagging?

Vor 7 Monate
Copendon
Copendon

Great video, hopefully other YouTube’s watch this video and start producing relevant reviews instead of all just making the same review focusing mostly on colours and the M1 name😊👍 Was actually thinking about getting a M1 MBA for portability to use with an external. However, it being without a fan, then Maybe the Mini is a better buy for me.

Vor 11 Monate
Rahul Ganesh NICO
Rahul Ganesh NICO

Hey Greg, What about using the base model for designing using Photoshop or Illustrator?

Vor 10 Monate
Youssef El Baba
Youssef El Baba

this was very insightful ! I haven't seen any news elswhere yet on the single/multiple fans and the differences in heat sinks before. That's very good to know given that the thermal cap is the main limit on the M1 performance. Thanks !

Vor 11 Monate
Ishan Kesharwani
Ishan Kesharwani

No one, I repeat NO ONE told us about this and this is actually informative.

Vor 11 Monate
Magilem
Magilem

You must have not watched any other videos on the iMac. All of them are the same

Vor 9 Monate
heeler just heeler
heeler just heeler

The cooling system info was very informative! Thanks for that! I can't imagine going back to 8 GB of RAM no matter which version of the iMac one gets. Even my poor old 2013 iMac has 16 GB while my 2013 Macbook has 8 - and the difference is huge. 8 GB feels very, well, 2013. (In either case, dang, I need some new Macs!) "Bedhead" > "well groomed," i.e., mega Brylcreem, Greg!

Vor 11 Monate
Mamo
Mamo

@heeler just heeler It's an _entry-level_ Mac. Based on the previous gen Macs. Makes a lot of sense to keep it that way and not pour a lot of money into an entry-level device that works absolutely fine as is with the most basic cheapest version. You can't usually say that about some other entry-level devices. Especially previous versions of Intel Macs. In 3 years when the M2X or M3 or whatever is out with the new next-gen designs and features you'll be glad that you saved money 3 years previously. Money that you can now use towards something that is all new and improved probably in all ways and surely something you'll probably want anyway, even though you have a 16GB version of a 3 year old entry-level Mac.

Vor 11 Monate
heeler just heeler
heeler just heeler

@Mamo Fine, perhaps even fair. But in 3 years, will you still say the same on the 8 vs 16 GB? When I first got 8 on my Macbook it was fine, too and the 16 GB iMac felt a bit overkill. It wasn't long before that was no longer the case. (And, really, "Sigh"? Oh, the suffering of the all-knowing. Geez.)

Vor 11 Monate
Mamo
Mamo

Sigh Dude, the new Apple Silicon Unified Memory in Macs is _not_ the same as it was for Intel Macs. Many reviewers are saying that 8GB unified is a lot like 16GB RAM with Intel. You need to think more like how Apple has done memory with iPhone and iPad which has always been far less than with Android even as little as 1-2GB - but they perform even better than Android devices.

Vor 11 Monate
Nobody Cares
Nobody Cares

This thing is nice, but I can't do 24" anymore. I've been spoiled by the glory that is a 32" monitor. I guess an M1 Mini would be the way to go for me.

Vor 11 Monate
Lisa Defries
Lisa Defries

32 inch monitor as desktop? Or do you mean mounted on a wall? I have 42 inch tv in my small house in Surrey but 24 inches standard for monitors my son has two next to each other and has told me I’m wrong his pc running windows is great and has several graphics cards and a cpu to beat everything and I don’t understand RAM which I thought I did and basically his pc knocks pants off everything else as he and a mate put it together … Personally I think it looks messy like his room 🧐 he has his desktop littered with hundreds and hundreds of apps. You don’t want to know what his bedroom floor looks like some days…..like a sock party Although he did say this iMac 24 looked cute and checked spec and said it would be fine for me…..that translates as it’s useless for gaming but I can watch YouTube videos to my hearts content and edit a bit of amateur video content

Vor 11 Monate
Leonard Grant
Leonard Grant

Would love to know how SSD will be affected after 2 years of work. Sure it depends on the user how much the user is copying data but if the SSD life will be seriously shorter after 2 years then the 2 years old iMac with M1 chip will have very little value.

Vor 11 Monate
metube7
metube7

@GregsGadgets can you comment on this? I've had this question for a while. Especially with the new "unified" memory, how does SSD life factor in?

Vor 8 Monate
sam guapo
sam guapo

The difference with the low end Imac is realistically unnoticeable. Ports may make a bigger difference. Even a power user wont really notice much..

Vor 11 Monate
VIDEO GAME CLOSET
VIDEO GAME CLOSET

Isn't it odd that even though them seem to be customizing the two iMacs for their CPUs/GPUs, it seems counter productive to give them such different internal cooling system designs. It takes more R&D, production, and the cost in the difference in the parts for said iMacs would not really be negligible either. It would seem they could have used the same cooling system and saved time and money and that their only goal was to "cripple" or potentially cause the lesser iMac to wear out faster. Why not just have the better iMac as the entry point? Reminds me of buying a cheap car (Kia) because you're broke versus holding out for a couple extra months to save and get something a tad nicer that will last a little longer (Hyundai). I am disappointed there is no legacy USB 3 port at all. Sure there are dongles and hubs, etc. Many, Many, Many people still have USB 3 drives, etc, and if they are going to take away USB 3, at least give us 6 USB C ports. I am a Pro, but geeze Louise, the original iMac was BUSTING with ports! The G4 iMac had more ports. the G5 iMac had ports my 2012 iMac has more ports, my 2019 iMac HAS MORE PORTS! Consumers want ports. Not dongles and hubs. This makes me rethink my decision to buy a mid-level iMac versus the Macbook Pro 14". Pro should mean "extremely higher price tag"" for a few 50 cent ports. The current Mac Mini has USB 3 ports! I miss Jobs, Woz, Jonny and Phil Schiller.

Vor 3 Monate
Patrick Pitso II
Patrick Pitso II

The big problem for me is not the number of ports The big problem for me is not the Ethernet port situation The big problem for me is not the 7-core GPU The big problem for me is not the difference in thermal design The biggest problem for me is that I prefer a Touch ID keyboard with Numpad

Vor 4 Monate
Torin Yao
Torin Yao

Another possibility is that the 7 core GPU chip version of the M1 is a lower binned CPU that can't keep up a sustained high clock speed

Vor 11 Monate
cbm80amiga
cbm80amiga

No the issue is that cheaper iMac has no heatpipe :(

Vor 11 Monate
Flora K
Flora K

Great video, Greg! I have subscribed. I am about to kick my 2013 iMac to the curb because it is slower than molasses on a cold day. I would love to know if the mentality that Mac users have in upgrading their Macs in the past years will apply to the new M1 Macs. I think you said that you can not upgrade them and change the guts of them. I am a very basic user and the most advanced things I do on my iMac is watch online TV and edit photos. (got tons of those) . Though I would love to learn more things that are more on the creative side (not the programming stuff). So how long will these M1 Mac live for? Thank you for your videos...they made me giggle.

Vor Monat
anil2
anil2

Been saying it since it was announced and I'm glad people are beginning to understand. Base plus 16GB is the way to go.

Vor 11 Monate
Dennis Tager
Dennis Tager

Sounds like the base model is the way I’ll be going. Thanks for the video!

Vor 11 Monate
Dr Jorge Reyna
Dr Jorge Reyna

Great video mate, thank you very much. I bought the base model and I already have two hubs with extra ports. For me that I edit short videos under 5 minutes and do a bit of Photoshop, this model works well. I am curious, what you reckon will be the experience using LumaFusion? I downloaded and installed now. I must say the only thing that kept me using iPads were that. Now with this iMac with LumaFusion, iPad redundant and welcome Samsung Galaxy Tab s8 Ultra ;-)

Vor Monat
Robloxgamerplayz
Robloxgamerplayz

Thanks for the video. I've been looking for a review that talks about its base unit. Most of the information being shown were about higher end model. Just bought mine yesterday. Thanks again.

Vor 11 Monate
George Hudetz
George Hudetz

I wonder if there is a similar difference between the two Mac minis. Specifically, the additional cooling tech.

Vor 10 Monate
Jesus Yanez
Jesus Yanez

Just got home a few hours ago from the Apple store Christmas shopping for my 13 year old daughter. I was feeling buyers remorse purchasing the 8 GPU model instead of the cheaper 7 GPU model. Not by choice I should add. Apple did not have the cheaper version available in stock. After watching this video the buyers remorse is gone. Proper heat dissipation is crucial to electronics. In my opinion it is wiser to spend the extra $200 and have a longer lasting machine. Thanks again. Great video. 👍🏼

Vor 4 Monate
STANLEY NASH
STANLEY NASH

HI Greg thank you, you seem to be the only one on YouTube that can operate the new 24” iMac, the others can only do the unboxing while waiting to copy yourself and others that can use Apple products, once again many thanks for your videos.👍

Vor 11 Monate
Ian Woollard
Ian Woollard

Ironically I’m probably better off with an iPad. The more I look at the options the more I realise how much I don’t need a computer for. Maybe the iPad Pro 12.9 instead. Interesting video

Vor 8 Monate
christofinb
christofinb

Thanks this is a very useful video, the only thing that bothers me is the Ethernet so looks like the base model for me.

Vor 10 Monate
Mark Kram
Mark Kram

Great explanation between the 2 models. I can make an informed decision with the info you provided

Vor 11 Monate
Symon Says TV
Symon Says TV

It’s funny to see so much talk around a 200$ upgrade while here in Canada I had to pay double the price at 3022$ for mine with 16Gb and 1Tb SSD. Thanks for you videos. ✌️

Vor 8 Monate
Aj
Aj

Why didn’t you just get an MacBook Pro?

Vor 3 Monate
Not V1nce
Not V1nce

I’m gonna buy the base cuz the 1500$ one is a little boosted but 32 sec difference on cpu I bet the base model works best for me

Vor 11 Monate
Eduardo Tinajero
Eduardo Tinajero

Great and informative. thanks. I'm not a developer and I won't be editing films. I Zoom everyday, use Word for writing, and watch films. Do you think the entry level model is enough? Zooming really makes my mac laptop get hot after a while.

Vor 2 Monate
Alan Kemsley
Alan Kemsley

The base level is basically the desktop version of the M1 MBA, and the mid-tier is the M1 MBP.

Vor 11 Monate
Eric Rickman
Eric Rickman

Just read the base model only has one fan with thermal paste while the upgraded model has 2 fans and a thermal pipe. This explains why some reviewers report a loud fan on the lower model and others report quiet fans on the upgraded model.

Vor 11 Monate
Destiny R.
Destiny R.

THANK YOU , I’ve been contemplating which one to buy and the price worthiness of the two, definitely put it into perspective for me

Vor 9 Monate
Michael
Michael

The base model with 16gb of ram should be fine for most people. if you can wait for the extra 39 seconds of time of workload. but wait a second. would it run a bit faster because of the 16gb memory upgrade? I know on the pc. if you move to 16gb of memory. you see a boost in performance some. Makes me wonder if this is true for the iMac.

Vor 4 Monate
Living in an Inverse Reality aka Clown World
Living in an Inverse Reality aka Clown World

I agree with a lot of commenters here: good vid and helps us choose wisely. I was about to get the higher end but clearly don’t need it

Vor 9 Monate
John Knox
John Knox

A useful clarification and refresher on the differences. I'm not sure about anyone else but I really don't like face ID, Touch ID, and all that kind of stuff. I don't see touch ID as something to make my life easier but regard it as something a bit creepy and sinister. It is making my life harder when there is one more thing I have to avoid using. Can the touch ID be disabled if you get the middle or high-end iMac? Can you use a pin or password instead?

Vor 11 Monate
Noodles #FreeUkraine
Noodles #FreeUkraine

Of course, you can use a password as well. Remember though this isn't a Google product, your information is only stored locally inside the secure enclave.

Vor 11 Monate
Brenda Moreno
Brenda Moreno

I’m considering buying one but I think it’ll be more of a downgrade for me. I can video edit, photo edit, and stream at the same time w/ my current self built pc.

Vor 3 Monate
Martin
Martin

Isn’t the 8 core also in the long run a better investment when upgrades come along?

Vor 3 Monate
nearly-blind brian
nearly-blind brian

thanks.. I am a basic user but I want my machine to last as long as possible. My thought is that the improved cooling on the upper their mac will enable the machine to last longer. I'm still running a 2013 iMac 27 and it's just now getting glitchy since it will not update to big Sur.

Vor 11 Monate
nearly-blind brian
nearly-blind brian

@heeler just heeler a 27 ince would be nice, I have very poor eyesight and the larger screen really helps me out. Hopefully at WWDC they will announce

Vor 11 Monate
heeler just heeler
heeler just heeler

Same on both counts! I also wonder if better cooling improves durability and am also just feeling the need to replace my 2013 27" iMac. (I'll be turning my 2013 iMac into a streaming video Netflix/Hulu device for my study.) Waiting for the M-chip (M2?) 27 inch expected later this year (fingers crossed!).

Vor 11 Monate
Puchiko Nyu
Puchiko Nyu

what will happened if you update the ram in base imac to his top versus the upgraded without extra ram? this is imporant for big graphic design proyects.

Vor 4 Monate
Thailand Elite & Retirement Visa Specialist
Thailand Elite & Retirement Visa Specialist

Good stuff, thanks for your time and detailed analysis

Vor 7 Monate
Wiro Sableng
Wiro Sableng

Good review,really appreciated for your time and effort.

Vor 7 Monate
Sommertime Orange
Sommertime Orange

thank you for the comparison. I couln’t find the 16gb M1 in any of the stores, and was so close to just say forget it and buy the 8gb one. But now, I’m gonna wait and order it from the apple store instead. 😂 my purse thanks you.

Vor 10 Monate
Moana Nui Podcast
Moana Nui Podcast

Thanks for the video and confirming my thoughts. I tried clicking on your Amazon links for the docking station and the iMac but it doesnʻt seem to be working for me.

Vor 9 Monate
PandafanDS
PandafanDS

Great info. I had already decided on the higher end iMac, but your video helped me see that I'm making the right decision.

Vor 11 Monate
Sai Sri Ram
Sai Sri Ram

What are you buying then?

Vor 8 Monate
Susan Pratt
Susan Pratt

Even if you get the Higher End I-Mac with 4 ports, adding a docking station or hub can get you even more ports for external drives, flash drives, printers, scanners, external CD/DVD/Blu-Ray devices and a Wacom Tablet. I still want the larger I-Mac, but if I had gone with a 24 inch, I would have maxed it up to 16 GB and a 2TB Drive. I have wireless, and don't for see using an Ethernet I will pass on that. You mentioned "Clean My Mac", I wonder if there is a Clean my I-Pad, or I-Phone version of that app. When I do get my M1X I-Mac or Mac Book Pro, or a Mac Pro (if they come out with one like the Cube), I will get that app, "Clean My Mac".

Vor 11 Monate
Tj Musiker
Tj Musiker

“Clean My Mac” not necessary.

Vor 11 Monate
Alfredo Corbacho
Alfredo Corbacho

Little remind, gpu, cpu, ram, ssd.... they are all in the same chip and not separately so they share resources. I mean that i doubt very much the final result of the cinebench is because of the one fan... in the base model you will have a little less performance in cpu because of the gpu. I think the lack of fan "problems" will appears when you use the imac for long time with these kind of apps.

Vor 11 Monate
Allan J69
Allan J69

Thanks, great vid. Im erring on the said elf the base model, with 16gb. And I'll hang a hub and storage off the back of it. I just use it for day to day type work, so that should be fine for me.

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

Definitely should be good. And i think that most people will get better performance with a base 16gb model then with the $1499 version.

Vor 11 Monate
Cal Goodbomb
Cal Goodbomb

Bought base with upgraded RAM and storage. Exported videos from apple photos for several hours straight. Fan never spun and case was cooler than body temperature. Previous pre retina iMac took hours where this takes minutes, all while loudly blowing hot air like a space heater. Then would crash due to overheat. Previous iMac was a total dud. Relieved this one can do what it does. Will be putting it through it’s paces in logic soon. The upgraded iMac should come with 16 gb RAM by default and cost slightly more imho. Not enough differentiation.

Vor 11 Monate
Matthew Savidge
Matthew Savidge

So much info for the lesser learned in computers lol but helpful, I’m looking at the iMac 24 but I want it to last say 10 years, so would upgrading to 16gb memory help with this through such a long term of os upgrades and adding apps 🤷🏼‍♂️ , or am I looking at it wrong , I can do the extra £200 for the memory upgrade, I don’t do huge amounts of work no videos mostly photos editing, browsing and home office level work, but I do like to be future proof as much as you can be, any suggestions , thanks

Vor 6 Monate
MEDOR
MEDOR

I almost pulled the plug on the base model an hour ago! Seriously thanks a lot for the video.

Vor 10 Monate
Jordan Bronner
Jordan Bronner

Mine was 3k ish it’s has the upgraded specs and magic , track pad and keyboard with fingerprint it’s the first computer I have ever owned it’s my work computer otherwise I would’ve gotten base model everything it would’ve been around 1700 with insurance and tax

Vor 9 Monate
Cameron Berardicurti
Cameron Berardicurti

Hey Greg, I assume the base model comes with a cord to charge the keyboard, mouse, and a iPhone if needed? Even though it’s 2 thunderbolt ports.

Vor 11 Monate
Cameron Berardicurti
Cameron Berardicurti

@GregsGadgets thank you sir, keep up the great work

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

Yeah it does. Only differences with accessories is no touch id on keyboard, and no ethernet port in power brick.

Vor 11 Monate
Kaori Encina
Kaori Encina

I’ve been weeks seeing videos to guide me to take the choice between these two and this was the best video I’ve been looking for 🤝🤝🤝 excellent job !!!

Vor 6 Monate
liu liu
liu liu

seems like both are ok with video editing, but how about 3D render? Is Imac 2021 can do good in 3D modeling?

Vor 11 Monate
Ernie Carrillo
Ernie Carrillo

I have the 8 GPU model with 16 GB Ram. Love it! It’s worth the extra $200 to me.

Vor 11 Monate
MisterMister5893
MisterMister5893

When you add the additional memory it’s another $250 cad or $200 on top of the price difference between the base 7 core gpu snd 8 core gpu iMac. Or exactly $200 difference as you implied.

Vor 11 Monate
SD8
SD8

Brilliant video. Pleased I went for the higher spec model now!

Vor 11 Monate
lumberchicken007
lumberchicken007

Thanks, man. Your review changed my perspective about this computer and some of the other product reviewers.

Vor 23 Tage
Xavier Breath
Xavier Breath

So here we have the heavily compromised iMac at $1499, vs the extremely compromised iMac at $1299. No thanks Apple.

Vor 11 Monate
Pancake
Pancake

Great video Greg! Informative and to the point!

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

Thank you 🙏

Vor 11 Monate
Turtle Oceanic
Turtle Oceanic

I opened my base model and wired in 3 new fans, beats my mid range now in video processing.

Vor 7 Monate
Ctrèsbeau Claude
Ctrèsbeau Claude

Well, so far you made the best video for my need with the right questions for my choice! Well done!

Vor 9 Monate
Bouzouk44
Bouzouk44

Hi and thank you for your vidéo. I have a 2011 21,5 iMac and i'm very interested to buy the new iMac M1. I go to use it for running Ableton 10, DavinciResolve (only Gopro vidéos) and more classic stuff. What do you think, IMac M1 base or the second one ? Sorry for my English (i'm French). Thanks !

Vor 11 Monate
Uid Sid
Uid Sid

Newbie question: If I can only upgrade ONE item on my next M1 iMac: should I get a 16GB Ram, or get a 8-core GPU? I'm not a hardcore gamer but I do play LoL, DOTA2, Heros of the Storm occasionally, but i rarely do any video editing. And of course I do streaming and I usually have more than 10 open tabs on my browsers all the times. So what should I spend my extra $200 on? RAM or 8-core GPU?

Vor 10 Monate
jharris947
jharris947

Excellent video with all the information you need to make the right choice.

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

Thank you 🙏

Vor 11 Monate
Lost In The Echo
Lost In The Echo

the biggest difference is without any doubt the extra fan in the higher end imac. That's a game changer in hi performance tasks

Vor 11 Monate
Grim Abstract
Grim Abstract

While I agree the fan is nice, however, it also has better heat pipes, which is insane that the base doesn’t come with it.

Vor 11 Monate
Darth Melbius
Darth Melbius

Good review. The webcam and microphone is terrible though. Your capture had your face out of focus and the background in focus, and I've noticed on other reviews as well that the microphone does not have a de-s'er (the annoying S sounds). Disappointing for what is supposed to be a premium device.

Vor 11 Monate
LC Bear
LC Bear

It’s not about the fan, it’s about the extra gpu core

Vor 11 Monate
MIKE LEE BIRDS
MIKE LEE BIRDS

When watching a bunch of tech videos in a row it‘s funny to see the different acting approaches of all the hosts/presenters/reviewers. A common humorous theme seems to be the „oops.. awkward comment/question/moment while actually only talking to a camera“ schtick. 😃

Vor 11 Monate
iFuff
iFuff

So the basic iMac is just a MacBook Air with 4.5K screen. While the Dual Fan iMac is more like a MacBook Pro. Ok got it. Kinda stupid to design 2 Models, just for that small difference. If all had the dual fans, they would only have to design one system with the same parts and the speed difference would have been smaller.

Vor 11 Monate
Carl
Carl

$200 for an additional 8 gb memory is robbery. One can purchase 32 gb of ddr4 sticks of ram for less than that. Plus you get an unrepairable, un-upgradeable outrageously priced for performance iMac What a deal. NO

Vor 11 Monate
Heather Way
Heather Way

Thank you, Greg. This was very informative.😀

Vor 4 Tage
Mr. Ed
Mr. Ed

The base iMac is being throttled back in the CPU speed because of the poor thermals. 1 fan can't cut it in CPU intensive apps. For casual use it's ok.

Vor 2 Monate
Pinku Powderposh
Pinku Powderposh

Is upgrading to 16gb what adds the additional fan feature? The website isn't very clear on that

Vor 11 Monate
John Matthews
John Matthews

Are you sure that the 8gb ram isn't enough for longer video edits? Could the "slowness" be attributed towards the lower-end model? You rally didn't explain what happened and I'd really like to know.

Vor 11 Monate
M
M

THIS IS SUCH A GREAT AND ENTERTAINING REVIEW!!! 💯

Vor 2 Monate
Kent Reynolds
Kent Reynolds

Greg would it be better to get base model with 16gb of ram or the higher model with only 8gb of ram? similar price!

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

Depends on what you do and what features you want. But i think 16GB is better on the base if you’re a heavy user.

Vor 11 Monate
JM Gaming
JM Gaming

Depends on your work usage tbf. I opted for the 8gb 256gb model and it works perfectly fine. Did a bit of video editing using multiple 4K videos and it did it without any problems and exported within 2/3 minutes. But I’m not really that hardcore of a user so depends on what you decide.

Vor 11 Monate
tean tan
tean tan

a quite thorough review, thanks.

Vor 11 Monate
619 WWE FAN
619 WWE FAN

You know? I kinda like how you try different backgrounds lately. But I admit, I miss the light sabers a bit, sure it’s not apple but it still looked cool 😅

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

😅 More like I don’t want my viewers to get bored with me, which seems like i do a good job at 😂

Vor 11 Monate
619 WWE FAN
619 WWE FAN

Ah I get it. Ur like those who would wear something once or for one week, then look for new clothes already 😜😂

Vor 11 Monate
GregsGadgets
GregsGadgets

Lol i just trying to keep it fresh and not boring, i was getting bored of the light sabers, but don’t worry they’ll return eventually… i spent too much money on them to never use them again 😂

Vor 11 Monate
Aleks Ei
Aleks Ei

Me with 5 dollars in my pocket: 🗿

Vor 11 Monate
al Janney
al Janney

I did a major spittake lmao. (On my Samsung laptop 👨‍💻) 💀

Vor 17 Stunden
John Deshanna
John Deshanna

Yes, thank you!

Vor 2 Tage
OTW
OTW

💯💯💯😭

Vor Monat
harsh bhrouta
harsh bhrouta

And me with no money in my life🤣

Vor 3 Monate
Pedro Antonio
Pedro Antonio

Me, as a brazilian, where a iMac M1 costs 15k: 🤡

Vor 6 Monate
Mike Hess
Mike Hess

On release day I went to the Apple store. After looking at them and talking to associates, I purchased the base model.

Vor 11 Monate
Judi Bechhoefer
Judi Bechhoefer

I got it last month. Runs great. No issues at all

Vor Monat
Turtle Oceanic
Turtle Oceanic

I bought both, modded base

Vor 7 Monate
Georgia Rose
Georgia Rose

It would be a waste if you’re going to buy a computer with great specs then just use it for documentation and entertainment 😂 That’s why they made versions.

Vor 9 Monate
Captainfuzzypants
Captainfuzzypants

Thanks so much! This is exactly what I was looking for!

Vor 4 Monate

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