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iMac 21.5 Inch Late 2015 Models

21.5 Inch: 1.6GHz

  • 1.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6000

$1,157.25 $989.99

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21.5 Inch: 2.8GHz

  • 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200

$1,367.85 $1,199.00

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21.5 Inch: 3.1GHz Retina 5K

  • 3.1GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 4096 x 2304 screen resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200

$1,578.45 $1,399.00

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iMac 27 Inch Late 2015 Models

27 Inch: 3.2GHz Retina 5K

  • 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 5120 x 2880 screen resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M380 GPU with 2GB video memory

$1,894.35 $1,699.99

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27 Inch: 3.2GHz Fusion Retina 5K

  • 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 5120 x 2880 screen resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB Fusion drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M390 GPU with 2GB video memory

$2,104.95 $1,889.00

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27 Inch: 3.3GHz Retina 5K

  • 3.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 5120 x 2880 screen resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 2TB Fusion drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M395 GPU with 2GB video memory

$2,420.85 $2,189.00

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iMac Retina 5K 2014/2015 Models

27 Inch: 3.3GHz Retina 5K

  • 3.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB Hard Drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290 with 2GB video memory

$2,104.95 $1,699.00

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27 Inch: 3.5GHz Retina 5K

  • 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB Fusion Drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory

$2,315.55 $1,749.00

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iMac 2013/2014 Models

21.5 Inch: 1.4GHz

  • 1.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • 8GB memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000

$1,104.60 $899.00

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21.5 Inch: 2.7GHz

  • 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • Intel Iris Pro graphics

$1,367.85 $999.00

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21.5 Inch: 2.9GHz

  • 2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 1GB

$1,578.45 $1,189.00

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27 Inch: 3.2GHz

  • 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 1GB

$1,894.35 $1,329.00

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27 Inch: 3.4GHz

  • 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775MX with 2GB

$2,104.95 $1,794.99

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Compare The Latest iMac Models

There are six base configurations, three 21.5-inch options and three 27-inch options. Luckily the differences are pretty straightforward, which should make your choice easier. Let's start with the first two 21.5-inch models.

iMac 21.5-inch 1.6GHz vs. iMac 21.5-inch 2.8GHz
1) 1.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 vs. 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
2) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6000 vs. Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
3) $1099 MSRP vs. $1299 MSRP

For another $200, you receive a significantly faster processor and a better graphics card. We recommend the 2.8GHz model in this case if you can afford it.

The middle and high-end 21.5-inch models have two significant differences.

iMac 21.5-inch 2.8GHz vs. iMac 21.5-inch 3.1GHz Retina 5K
1) 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 vs. 3.1GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
2) 1920 x 1080 screen resolution vs. 4096 x 2304 screen resolution
3) $1299 MSRP vs. $1499 MSRP

For an additional $200, you receive a faster processor and huge display upgrade. The inclusion of a retina 5K display alone will be worth the upgrade cost for most.

If you look at the differences between the high-end iMac 21.5-inch and the low-end iMac 27-inch you will notice a $300 price differential for the jump from 21.5-inch to 27-inch. The graphics card and processor are slightly faster in the 27-inch and obviously the screen is much bigger, but otherwise the rest of the specs are identical.

If you compare the two low and mid-range 27-inch options, you will see just two differences.

iMac 27-inch 3.2GHz Retina 5K vs. iMac 27-inch 3.2GHz Fusion Retina 5K
1) 1TB hard drive vs. 1TB Fusion drive
2) AMD Radeon R9 M380 GPU with 2GB vs. AMD Radeon R9 M390 GPU with 2GB
3) $1799 MSRP vs. $1999 MSRP

Notice the $200 gap between models for a hard drive upgrade and a slight graphics card upgrade. I would probably choose the low-end 27-inch because the upgrades to the mid-range model do not seem worth the cost. Instead, you could put that money towards a separate 16GB RAM upgrade for $75-$100 to get a real performance boost that is also cost-effective via App Sliced Memory. Please note that the RAM in the 21.5-inch model is not user-upgradeable.

And finally, in the mid-range vs. the high-end 27-inch iMac you will see just three differences.

iMac 27-inch 3.2GHz Fusion Retina 5K vs. iMac 27-inch 3.3GHz Retina 5K Display
1) 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 vs. 3.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
2) AMD Radeon R9 M390 GPU with 2GB vs. AMD Radeon R9 M395 GPU with 2GB
3) 1TB Fusion Drive vs. 2TB Fusion Drive
4) $1999 MSRP vs. $2299 MSRP

There are a few differences between these two models but probably not enough to justify the $300 price increase. First is the processor speed bump, then a slight graphics card improvement and a Fusion Drive that is twice the size of the mid-range model. Again, I would grab the mid-range and upgrade the RAM to 16GB via App Sliced Memory.

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