Monday, May 12, 2008

iMac Review part 2 (memory upgrade)

I have had my iMac for a couple of weeks now, and I'm very happy with it.  The 4 gig memory upgrade was a huge improvement when it comes to parallels usage, and to when playing World of Warcraft.

Here is the quick rundown of pros and cons during my first 2 weeks with this machine.

Pros:

  • Large, crisp, and bright Apple LCD display

  • 2nd monitor support (with purchase of mini-DVI to DVI cable)

  • Machine is surprisingly fast and responsive

  • Removal of clutter under the desk

  • Reduction in number of cables


Cons:

  • Overheating. I did not notice any issues with the temperature the machine was running at until I ran World of Warcraft for several hours.  The back of the machine was too hot to touch.  I have since read some info on the bad fan control in the iMac. No wonder it was so quiet.  A few downloads later and I have turned the fans up and made things run a little smoother.  There really should be better built in control for the fans and for monitoring temperatures.  I should not have to download a 3rd party program to warn me of high temperatures and to turn the fan speeds up. (Note: I have only had one crash on this system so far, and it was most likely due to overheating, but I did not get any warnings or info to confirm this)

  • One week after I bought this iMac, Apple released an update to the Apple store with new top end iMac's.  I would have had to pay full price for these, so it didn't really change my mind about the purchase.


I have to say that overall I am very happy with my purchase of a refurbished iMac.

TransIntl

Where I got my memory upgrade from.

Temperature Monitor

Fan Control 1.2


Note: This installs as a preference app and it allows you to change the base fan speeds, but does not seem to properly conrol them automatically.