Mid-afternoon local time I picked up my new computer. Three hours later …
It is an Apple 27″ 5K Retina iMac with 8GB RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive (128GB Flash on a Hard Disk), a AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory graphics card, and a fire extinguisher. Well, the latter isn’t true, but the machine is hot. Everything is faster and I swear it is 50% lighter in weight than my late 2009 27″ iMac.
My first log in was with an alt so I could tweak settings and move files from the old computer. I wanted my first visit as me to be great. After, I logged in at the laggiest place I knew and was able to turn on High Graphics with Shadows, water reflections, and Ambient Occlusion. I could walk around without lag, type in local chat without lag, and watch others move without lag. It was a joy.
So I went home to take a picture. With Ultra Graphics I had far more lag as I had on the old computer when it was just on High Graphics or a half step below without the eye candy but that wasn’t a problem for the photo. Needless to say, I’m very happy.