iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Under a cat — 3 Mb of a photo, look behind a traffic.

I moved not so long ago, uncovered own stationary PC with a 32-inch TV set заместо the monitor and sadly threw all this a look. The sticking-out wires, the system block not being entered anywhere, extension pieces, cables … in a brand new, modern interior all this looked very much not so. And here me lit up.

In the same evening the table sharply became empty. Nedomonitor and a heavy box went to a locker room, and on their place there was pumped-over iMac of the last generation. Time for nothing was not lost. I lodged there a car of software, Final Cut, Windows, ten modern games and tortured all this the whole week. Before you — not so much the review, how many memoirs and thoughts after one week spent with 27-inch iMac заместо by PC.

Everything was not so simple

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Perfectly to move, when process is already fulfilled. Collecting things in the 2nd time, you already understand that for you waits. As how to pack, what to transport at first and that докупать in the 1st day. At the first moving of such knowledge simply is not present. And the defect of knowledge generates doubts. While to me new iMac went, I spread contents of the next bag and any more did not know, whether it was necessary to start all this. In sense, moving with PC.
iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Not secret: in three last years planshetnik partly changed laptops, and laptops almost absolutely changed stationary computers. Preconditions to that lie on a surface — to masses rather resursoyomky problems are not fascinating. But till this moment the founder and certain other "mentally ill people" prefer terrible, stationary, without the aid of others collected PC. We — minority.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

I voobshchy practically always work at the same place. No, I understand everything: it is always pleasant to sit down somewhere in a cozy cafe, to disorganize MacBook all on envy (type) and is lazy to stick into buttons, drinking universally gloomy coffee at cost for kg of svezhemoloty grains. Or it is simple to go wrong in a hall on a sofa, involuntarily reproducing stereotypic photos «the user of the laptop» on Shutterstock. But the fixed workplace does eventually unusual aura: sitting down at the favourite chair in a familiar situation, you subconsciously understand that will move at present mountains. Instead of to thumb through any site in the browser.

Then work starts to go more quickly, and its fruits become in proportion more edible.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Still I from among those who prefers true power заместо to mobility. 32 inches of the screen in a half of all field of vision, towering over the iron surpassing the best MacBook Pro. The periphery tested in fight — the mechanical keyboard and the loved mouse. Full confidence that on that end of a wire the real small animal of processors ready in though what moment to lift hundred parts of tabs in the browser with rendering of video in a background and the best toy in all screen dozes. Big, accurate, bright screen. That becomes on трекпаде with the 13-inch screen in 30 minutes, will become by that stationary car for 15. And can and is more quick.

Moreover, I at all do not love OS X. More precisely, I do not love everything that with it became after Snow Leopard. To me on temper of Windows which did not reboot within half a year — with one only a break on moving. And viruses it seems are not present. As well as there is no desire to be retrained and change own habits processed on years. Through a business hour in OS X to me very much hunting "home". It is the alien environment and if not Final Cut with GarageBand, me there never is.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Generally, moving on iMac, let and temporary, at first seemed a problem of giant difficulty. But pleasant began still even before turning on of the new computer. I unpacked it, put on a table and already then thought that everything will be excellent.

There were 10 wires. There was one

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Many letters will not depict that such «there are a lot of wires». Against an elaborate interior of the latest apartment such medley looks as a basement nychka of the lost young unemployed in the personal house of his parents. To put it briefly, not pass grade.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

I took out all these wires, having just managed to sort and group them in one thick sausage. The monitor then cleared the table, took out the system block from a corner and pulled down everything from eyes down with. Unpacking of iMac was stretched for 15 minutes — while will remove da’s all films will clean off polyfoam …

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Complete with iMac there is only one cord. You stick it in the socket and receive completely ready, real computer with the huge screen which it is possible to put everywhere and at all this to avoid the scenario above. iMac has property to be entered in actually though what interior partially therefore that from it is ordinary there is no more than 1 wire.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Having pressed the button of a food and having heard a familiar sound of start of system, I got the lonely bottle of Vermouth which has remained after housewarming, sat down on a sofa behind a table and simply looked. One wire. And all.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

In meters of polyfoam there was a box with the wireless keyboard and a mouse of Apple. Both were already connected to iMac. I did not know about it and consequently minutes fifteen посиживал as the cretin, without understanding, why my own Apple Wireless Keyboard does not wish to work.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

To primary option, in eyes violet stains on a black frame of the monitor, remained from hands rushed when carrying. The screen притяигвает fingerprints so angrily, what even complete "rag" does not remove traces for two-three passes. It is necessary to add in the old manner waters and to rub with double force.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Together with the free Bluetooth-periphery, iMac makes charming reminiscence: the computer, it seems, is not present, but it is. There is a certain narrow monitor and all. Fine, stately and completely for itself narrow, let and somewhat oddly curved. System block? Did not hear.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

In the same monitor already there is a kard-reader and 4 USB ports. Thanks to it, I got rid of own old concentrator and Chinese "poyedatel" of SD cards attached to it. And more cables at me did not remain. It was never so pure on my desktop still.

Full forcemeat on 27 inches

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

You take a detached view of it and you will not think at all that снутри there is real computer "iron". Under a dural cowl of this iMac model the 3,4-gigahertz Intel Core i7 microprocessor, 8 Gb of an operativka and a productive videocard of NVIDIA GTX 675MX is concluded. And still a hard disk on 1 terabyte.

About Core i7 there is nothing to speak. Microprocessors of an average and the royal category from Intel already long since repeatedly surpass requirements of productivity of software for the mass consumer and even all modern games. And there is one of "top" options, let even last year. That "stone" will suffice on years 5.

Videocard too not from the weak. In the 27-inch version in the beginning put more massive video chips, than in the 21-inch. GTX 675MX adequately pulls modern games in a standard display resolution (2560х1440), not to mention ordinarier problems. About video productivity I will talk is sensitive later for now I will notice: if you have available funds, take model with GTX 680MX. Its advantage in more resursoyomky toys often makes under 30-40 %. And this with the fact that younger model absolutely not weak.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

8 Gb of an operativka now seem need, instead of luxury. To big pleasure, in 27-inch model open access to RAM slots is provided. Therefore I do not see sense to take model with an "operativka" large quantity — in the majority of gikovsky shops you find these levels in few times cheaper than an overpayment.

And here terabaytny HDD in 2013 — it is already far not "top", and at all "need". Now ball undividedly rule SSD stores and a flash memory with big speeds of reading/record. Lack of vsepolnotsenny SSD drives in basic complete sets of iMac — is the spotless and impudent advertizing course forcing many to pay extra for Fusion Drive. OS X on the solid-state store simply flies regardless of microprocessor capacity. And on terabaytny HDD of start-up of certain programs often you wait for seconds on 10.

On "iron" there is an oddish picture: the super-power microprocessor, a videocard «with a stock» for three years, good and expanded RAM — and goodness knows where from undertaken HDD. Specifically it is very narrow a throat of all system, and specifically because of it I heartily recommend to a descent to look towards the version with Fusion Drive. For the rest productivity astounding. But to realize it in OS X it is actually unreal.

Work in OS X

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

After an initial option of system, I "rolled" Final Cut and all gentlemen’s set of programs from Mac App Store. The next three days I was charmed by excellent, superfast editing of video on the bolshenny screen with high resolution. By the way, no Retina here and in mention is necessary — quicker, the mode of growth of objects on the display, as in pumped-over "proshka" would not prevent.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

I do not see sense to paint productivity of that iron in standard working situations. Directly to nedavneshny WWDC and new Mac Pro, this iMac model was one of more massive computers of Apple. I will simply tell that you do not understand how perfectly to work in Final Cut if work in it at MacBook. the 27-inch screen works wonders.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

The noise level did not rise above slightly distinguishable even during the moments languid рендернига and parallel work in system. Besides easy, almost imperceptible roar was lost against noise from an open window or working кондюка. Heating too was low — it was felt here and there near a place of an entrance of "leg" of a support in the case display. Upset unless only HDD: all aaplets revealed with small a delay which many of us already managed to forget thanks to MacBook Air. But all this did not influence true productivity.

I also downloaded from App Store once acquired Deus Ex: Human Revolution also passed it on the greatest settings approximately on the third part. The monitor with such highest permission does a game picture on uniqueness accurate and juicy. Therefore I caught more than once myself on thought that in this version of a structure seemed more high-quality and detailed. Well and yes, any brakes.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

But all this bothered soon to me. I felt that iMac simply is not capable to open all the power in OS X. Working problems did not reflect productivity of iron how game — and them here till this moment a cat наревел. Generally, I began to establish Windows 8 — for the sake of Steam, Origin and, naturally, Battlefield 3.

Windows 8 on iMac

The detailed summary on installation of the freshest Windows version on Mac can be read here.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

There is such piece in OS X which simplifies primary Windows installation to pair of clicks. Bootcamp is called. It the machine gun prepares a disk place for the latest system, downloads all necessary drivers and does adjusting "flash card" of a type of "Windows". It would seem, where it is simpler?

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

On notable dramatic character, the section of a hard disk prepared in Bootcamp, was not suitable for the Windows installation. In Kupertino as though not in a course that the operatsionka of Microsoft works only at NTFS disks. On another not to explain, why the svezhesozdanny section under Win is formatted in old as mammoths of FAT. Discrepancy was solved in the same window of installation, but осадочек remained.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

In half an hour and two enough long resets, I saw Windows 8 on the iMac display. It was the last time when on the display the Metro interface was highlighted. Colorful squares инфы badly get on with a minimum together with the 27-inch screen without the touch panel. To operate all this on the desktop computer — a real hell and abracadabra therefore I at first loaded a 5-dollar aaplet of Start8 disconnecting the Metro-interface at loading and adding usual by all the Start button.

MacBook Pro christened the best laptop for Windows. Then iMac — the best desktop computer for Windows. The system works like clock-work, including all accessories and even poor system autobrightness (to disconnect immediately!). Even the Bluetooth-keyboard and a mouse were "Windows", without pairing process. The jamb, however, crept suddenly: through certain time the system lost connection to house Wi-Fi and was released to restore it before modem reset. I suspect what to kick for it it is necessary the modem for discrepancy repeats and on other house equipment.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Having spat intrigues of a state router of Zyxel, I inserted a 15-meter cable of Ethernet into iMac fillet and started to swing toys — through Steam and Origin.

Games in Windows on iMac 27 ?

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Specifically I expected these tests most of all. Because drivers were established by the machine gun, I only needed to load any 80 with excessive Gb of modern games. In quality measured capacities the subsequent entertainments were chosen:

  • Battlefield 3
  • Crysis
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Grand Theft Auto IV

I purposely lowered Starcraft II — as it was "banished" 9 of 10 by observers of new iMac of models of 2013. Still it is very a pity that I was not in time, and did not begin to expect Crysis 3 loading more precisely. It never was pleasant to me …

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Before starting to play, it is necessary to roll in asphalt and to put a foot a complete mouse from iMac, Magic Mouse. Is long to hold it hard, unpleasantly and voobshchy it is silly, when in the market is тыщи even more comfortable manipulators. The mouse from Apple also is pressed by all case that does game in shooters by real test for nervishka. I was helped out here by Logitech G9x. On a photo there is only one manipulator for people above. Still there is a machine, Motorola RAZR V3 and a certain manipulator for crabs.

Grand Theft Auto IV

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

GTA IV flied on iMac more than with 60 shots in a second. Naturally, it is a question of a "native" display resolution and the greatest settings, except the 1st: shadows should be simplified on one point as because of their FPS periodically gave «in a floor». Some hours I drove on already specifically studied quarters of New York and thought that the fourth part after all is considerably obsolete and already does not look at all the modern. Came it is time to jump in one more, more studied toy.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

If to believe Steam, in snow-covered distances Nordov I left "only" 250 real hours. At the first start on the latest platform, game itself suggested to expose suitable options — Ultra High, that is more the highest level of specification. Beautiful landscapes of mountains of Skayrim and Solstkheyma and ask on a desktop in own big permission. Smoothness of shots, but, did not suit me — after all 8-fold smoothing is capable to "drown" practically any configuration. Having reduced control to a quarter, I received 60 + FPS at all scenarios — whether it be fight, a landscape or rooms. And hurried already soon to retire, as in the diary there were some till this moment not executed quests which conducted to one more, and one more, and still …

Bioshock: Infinite

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

By this moment I already two times passed this vernal best-seller. Therefore from game I expected surprises unless by a graphic part. All options were unscrewed on a maximum, and game did not hurry up … to brake. Without the most rare falling of frequency of shots, but, did not manage. The integrated test of productivity the voobshchy showed very low results — about 20-40 FPS, let even in more difficult criteria. In the game of shots was in one and a half time more. Elizabeth in this time did not wait the head hero of game — as I answered the most important question.

And крузис will go?

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Yes. And now I will explain for ordinary people. After an exit of the first part of a shooter of Crysis, in the American webs the familiar expression «was born can it run Crysis?» (Whether Crysis will go here?), which applied to though what sort to equipment for the sake of a humour joke. Game was (and remains) not only only indescribably fine, but also abnormally exacting to computer resources. But iMac chewed it on the greatest settings — Ultra — and choked only at smoothing inclusion. Without it shots was about 55-60, and more than it is enough of it for comfortable game. After all the shooter, not that now was quite good.

Battlefield 3

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Give frankly. On Mac there are no games while on it there is no Battlefield. Those who though time visited the Caspian Border with 63 players, more never will manage to play other network shooters. Whistling bullets, a roar of caterpillars of the tanks, being torn shells of mortars, a roar of MI-28 screws and whistle of flying by fighters — everything is stirred in a heap of sounds, immersing in the atmosphere of full-scale war. That the most important, both in the fighter, and in the tank посиживает that player. And you can simply become them in some minutes.

I, however, did not learn to fly by helicopters, well and tanks not so fell in love. To me submit the pulp — spotless "shooter", infantry 16 on 16 players in the Parisian Subway. On the greatest settings I received about 25-20 shots in a second and strongly reflected. Then disconnected smoothing and received the deserved 55-60 FPS. It was possible to make an incision still that-nibudt, but the iMac monitor is all the same updated 60 times in a second (60 Hz) — and means, there is no also a sense in bigger quantity of game shots.

Game even later looks a year fantastically, but in the heat of network fights to it actually do not pay attention. Besides I got used to behavior of a mouse on a display resolution 1080p and put it soon заместо "native". Small "degradation" drawings costed sharp growth of efficiency in the field of fight. In an hour I forgot that I play on iMac, instead of the desktop computer and the TV monitor. And it opened eyes.

iMac as PC substitution

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

We got used to go in cycles in something one. iOS or Android. Coca or Pepsi. PC or Mac. But for what to choose something one if there is a possibility to take everything and to a descent? As showed experiment, on iMac full-function Windows is simply put, giving access to a set of software and games which are not present on OS X. And if to you on temper the operatsionka from Apple, on the contrary, is more — who to you will prohibit to be loaded by times in "Windows" to play in the freshest hit? Truly, anybody.

Naturally, on PC too it is possible to deliver to OS X. I did it few times. Moreover, on one of disks at me till this moment will develop the hands accurate and efficient "Hakintosh". But to it I went without exaggeration by weeks, sleepless nights and billion nervous cages which will never be restored more. Well and now it is time to update system and then many drivers (кексты) should be copied or restored manually without a guarantee that everything will earn again properly. Perhaps you still absolutely young and yet do not appreciate the time. But I am not so ready on those hemorrhoids. To me, please, both Windows, and OS X, and so that everything worked without a knot and a zadorinka.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Having replaced stationary PC with iMac, I managed to liberate a place, to equip own working corner, to get simultaneous access to two more popular operational to systems and to all their merits at once — whether it be obmyslenny and usual software (OS X) or new toys (Windows). And still I had a good screen with fine design of the case. The screen which serves at once as the center of work and entertainments in the house.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Positive sides were and where I did not guess them to find. At the left, through a doorway looks through the electric power counter under a translucent guard. The reddish light-emitting diode in it is lit and dies away with frequency which directly is in dependence from the house use of an electricity. At other similar criteria, included iMac eats off nearly twice less, than stationary PC and the TV monitor. The difference in a month will be estimated in one-other hundred part of rubles, but in a year already the hundred part of dollars so will run. And for three — three hundred.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

Naturally, from that transition I will lose something. Something without what all stationary PC — possibility of updating and substitution of all a system component are unimaginable. It seemed to me very significant defect: after all at some instant even the most powerful Mac by all means will become outdated. Then into it you will not insert the freshest videocard from shop. Unless RAM you will update, but it not panacea. The argument crept imperceptibly when I climbed on a local flea market and began to look at the prices of old Mac.

«To me it is expensive» and other errors

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

The iMac model which to me was provided by shop iPioneer.ru, costs about 80 тыщ rubles. The giant sum for many Russians and to argue with it is silly. Far not the most powerful computer is necessary to each of us. And that to whom it is necessary, not always essentially how it will look, how many the electric power it will consume, whether will earn on it OS X etc. I already hear standard argument:

— Yes for such means I will collect the best PC from scratch and remains on two new iPhone 5 [iPad mini, beer cars, семки — necessary to emphasize]!

I too so reflected. Let’s assemble the similar computer from market devices. The prices are taken from local shops of electronics so the disorder in the various parties more than is probable.

  • Intel Core i7 of 3,4 GHz of OEM — 10000 rub.
  • The motherboard under a chipset — 3500 rub.
  • GeForce 560Ti (similar productivity) — 5000 rub.
  • 4×2 GB of RAM DDR3 of 1600 MHz — 2200 rub.
  • HDD of 1 terabyte — 2000 rub.
  • The Miditower case without BP — 2000 rub.
  • The power unit on 650 Watt — 2500 rub.
  • The monitor of 27 inches 2560х1440 IPS matrix — 25000 rubles

Total we receive 52 тыщи rubles. The difference with iMac makes 28 тыщ — too considerable funds. And let in this situation you should assemble all computer without the aid of others. Let you should establish without the aid of others OS. Let it is necessary to you докупать the periphery and USB брелки for Wi-Fi with Blyutuz. Let the monitor it will be far not such fine and high-quality. But you will save 28 тыщ rubles which can be added and taken stronger videocard, it is more than memory, capacious SSD etc. Yes even on ice-cream remains. And to pair of campaigns in quite good restaurant. And in hypermarket. And on a beer box, for certain.

All this is healthy. But in three years that stuffed computer too will become outdated. Or perhaps the videocard still earlier "will die". Or that-nibudt else. And you should substitute one spare part for another. What to do with old? Truly — to sell.

The videocard which you now got for 10 тыщ rubles, in two years will be bought unless for two. RAM not even for nothing is necessary to enough lump — it now and without that on weight of sunflower seeds. The hard disk in the best case will leave for 500-600 rubles — and that if does not start to strew bad sectors. Will cost as much the power unit. Your case of subjects more was given to nobody. Only the monitor will be on sale тыщ for 10 if will carry and there will be no dead pixels. Finally the computer which cost 52 тыщи, in half a year will already cost at most 25. In a year it will be necessary to nobody, and you, most likely, it is necessary «дербанить» the system block and to sell everything in parts. It is long. And with even bigger distinction from the initial price. Losses will make to 80 % from the price of "pieces of iron".

With equipment of Apple there was a contrast situation. If you though once sold it, understand that demand here is high and constant. And as it is sluggish the prices for the second-hand fall. MacBook Air, acquired back for 35 тыщ rubles, now it is possible to realize two years for 20-22 тыщи rubles. iMac acquired now for 80 тыщ of rubles, it will be possible to realize in two years for 40 тыщ. And that, on 27 inches — can even more expensively. From here and composure of the most experienced users of Mac and iPhone with iPad by which purchase of one more device from Kupertino is accompanied. Actually, upon purchase of the majority of Mac it is spent only to 50 % from its price. It will turn out to compensate the rest, when it will want to leave the device, for example, in favor of new models.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game

The proverb speaks: the greedy pays two times. And after all truly. I gave iMac back to children from iPioneer.ru and again disappointingly glanced over own PC in a locker room. To realize it, I need to pass seven circles of a hell and hemorrhoids, to expend a great lot of time for negotiations and explanations, to throw off the prices even below in hope of recruitment of the buyer …

Market cost of my PC does not come nearer even to a quarter of the price of a monoblock of Apple though it was once equal good to the two third. All this set of wires and pieces of iron already depreciated — in few times more quick, than the unique iMac. Which takes a place minimum. Which consumes less energy. Also it is connected on one wire. It can start both Windows, and OS X. Also it is ready to reproduce any modern toy without efforts. And still it simply the profitable.

If now I take stationary PC, I would take iMac.

iMac as PC substitution. Memoirs from a monoblock and test in games for game