Help with choosing a Video Card for iMac

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Feb 7 2016 3:31 PM

I'm going to be getting a 27" 5k iMac. I'm wondering if any of you have any recommendations for how the following 2 would compare for Logos: 

 -AMD Radeon R9 M395 with 2 GB video memory
 -AMD Radeon 4( M395X with 4 GB video memory

I plan on running with 2-3 monitors

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 7 2016 5:16 PM

I doubt there's much difference save for the amount of RAM. If you were doing video production or some other very intensive work, maybe. I'd ask Apple directly. It's a big investment and there's no do over with the latest Macs.  

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JH | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 7 2016 5:23 PM
The M395 works great with multiple monitors. It is very zippy with Logos as well (if you choose SSD or Fusion drive).
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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 5:28 AM

Bare Feats has some comparison articles:

October 30th, 2015 -- iMac 5Ks and Mac Pros: 5120x2880 Shootout

October 29th, 2015 -- The 'late 2015' iMac: Five GPU Shootout (M395X, M395, M390, M380, i6200)

For Logos use, the 2015 Flash Storage would be more noticeable:

October 22nd, 2015 -- The 'late 2015' iMac 5K Flash Storage: How Much Faster Than Before? (Added Fusion drive on October 27th)

Jacob Hantla:
I plan on running with 2-3 monitors

November 21st, 2014 -- Will an iMac with 5K Retina Display drive an external 4K display?

For 27" 5k iMac, would prioritize hardware upgrades:

  1. Flash Storage
  2. CPU (i7)
  3. Graphics (M395X)

Note: memory can be easily upgraded after purchase => https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+Retina+5K+Display+RAM+Replacement/30533

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 7:06 AM

Thanks. I got the 3 TB fusion, the i7, and decided that since I intend this to be my office machine for years to come that I should just go with the better graphics card, so got the M395X. I'm going to upgrade the RAM as soon as I receive the computer. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 7:45 AM

Jacob Hantla:
. I'm going to upgrade the RAM as soon as I receive the computer. 

Did you check before hand that it is actually upgradable? 

Edit: never mind. Just saw KS4J's post. Smile

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 10:18 AM

Yup it is....just have to make sure you get the same frequency RAM. Looking forward to studying with this guy.  Haven't gotten a new desktop computer in 7 years. Thanks for being excited with me.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 10:41 AM

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Andy | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 10:56 AM

Jacob Hantla:

Thanks. I got the 3 TB fusion, the i7, and decided that since I intend this to be my office machine for years to come that I should just go with the better graphics card, so got the M395X. I'm going to upgrade the RAM as soon as I receive the computer. 

I recently upgraded and it sounds like you have gone for the same configuration.

I was a little worried about moving from SSD to a fusion drive, but it runs Logos very smoothly and is lightening quick. The M395X, again, performs really well. I have tried it with external monitors (for a couple of events), but just use a single monitor at home. However, it is very fast when editing big video files and so, again, I think you will be very pleased!

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 14 2016 3:10 PM

Got it and love it. I am so blessed. It is very nice to be able to run Logos and writing on 3 screens. Certainly not necessary, but I'm grateful.

To whom much is given, much is required. Now I just have to use it faithfully.

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