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  • iMac Refresh Adds Thunderbolt, Faster Processors, and Graphics


    The rumored iMac refresh from Apple became reality this morning. The faster Sandy Bridge processors, jump to AMD's 6790M graphics processors and the addition of TWO Thunderbolt I/O connections included in the update are enough to make a man blush. Also, Apple included an HD FaceTime camera capable of providing full resolution to the 27" models 2560 by 1600 pixel display.

    The biggest revelation outside of two Thunderbolt I/O's (the 27" version only, 21.5" has one) is that every flavor of iMac now comes with a quad-core processor. The new base configurations are below.
    • 21.5" 2.5GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6750M, 500GB, $1199
    • 21.5" 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6770M, 1TB, $1499
    • 27" 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6770M, 1TB, $1699
    • 27" 3.1GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6970M, 1TB, $1999

    The 3.4GHz Core i7 processors are available as a made to order configuration for an additional $200. Ram is still only upgradeable to 16GB, but the AMD 6790M graphics card is upgradeable from 1GB to 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

    Taking a step back and examining the update the value of these machines keeps increasing. Apple's claim that these are the "most powerful" all-in-ones available don't seem like the least bit of hyperbole. I currently work on a 27" i5 iMac purchased just after the last update. The addition of the Thunderbolt I/O and the bump in graphics and processor power has me seriously contemplating a new purchase.

    Anyone up for buying a 27" i5 iMac? Seriously I've got some Thunderbolt envy going on and the only cure is an irrational purchase from Apple.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iMac Refresh Adds Thunderbolt, Faster Processors, and Graphics started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      It's the windows dolts that have no clue what owning a trouble free computer you don't have to constantly monitor or fix is like. One of which doesn't take up half the floor by your desk for the tower and 300 cables in the floor running up the walls putting off enough heat to fry eggs while looking like a school locker with no aesthetics whatsoever. Something that doesn't need you to spend half the day looking for a driver because everything JUST WORKS since it was all built together to being with and software and drivers were written specifically for that machine.

      All tied up in a minimal, sleek, sexy, cutting edge top of the line package that "for some reason" everyone with any taste that can afford, ......WANTS.

      As I look down the line of operating systems of the nay sayers "Windows, windows, windows". OOOooooo big surprise. You can build an ugly 4wd truck and run it through the mud if you want, I'll take my BMW.
      I have used Mac os for 20+ years and I don't hate iMac but I think it's not useful to a power user. That's why I built one. My previous post isn't hating iMacs, I was just pointing out towers have benefits. You can have a sexy tower they don't have to be ugly.
    1. beninspain's Avatar
      beninspain -
      Having my own IT company that started with building PCs, I can honestly say, the reliabilty of these iMacs is second to none. I've built my own hackintosh and had top spec PCs. I now run my business on my iMac and it's a dream. Sure, they cost a packet. And sure,if your a young kid or learning IT, go build your own. It's great fun and good experience. When your sick of living with a tower that has the side off so often you've thrown away the screws, and you have earnt enough to afford one, treat yourself!
    1. hoangtanle's Avatar
      hoangtanle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I have used Mac os for 20+ years and I don't hate iMac but I think it's not useful to a power user. That's why I built one. My previous post isn't hating iMacs, I was just pointing out towers have benefits. You can have a sexy tower they don't have to be ugly.
      Definitely, there are a lot of benefits of building a tower. The majority of users are just basic users who used to surf the web or watch movies and tv shows. This is the perfect machine if you could afford it. Yes, you can build a more powerful machine but comes with power, there's a lot of things you have to worry about. If you have a fast computer, you need components to support your speed. I use both windows and mac but Macs are so much more reliable and you have the piece of mind that you won't catch a virus and whatnot.
    1. chberain's Avatar
      chberain -
      what about the sexy "Caucasian" MacBook! it's been almost a year since last refresh!
    1. mvangogh's Avatar
      mvangogh -
      so when is the Air refresh coming out?
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      Where's my Sandy Bridge??????
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nyra98 View Post
      Where's my Sandy Bridge??????
      In your pants
    1. hoangtanle's Avatar
      hoangtanle -
      Quote Originally Posted by rob2g View Post
      in your pants :d
      lol!
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      whats up with all the weak cpu? I understand MBP having 2.2 and 2.7ghz because its a mobile device. imacs are non mobile device and they are only clocking in i5 at 2.5ghz? 2.7ghz? you have to spend $2000 to get a i5 3.1ghz? really apple? stock intel cpu i5-2500 is 3.3ghz and with a clockable version you can do 4.5ghz. The frame looks good but the internals are not.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      It's the windows dolts that have no clue what owning a trouble free computer you don't have to constantly monitor or fix is like. One of which doesn't take up half the floor by your desk for the tower and 300 cables in the floor running up the walls putting off enough heat to fry eggs while looking like a school locker with no aesthetics whatsoever. Something that doesn't need you to spend half the day looking for a driver because everything JUST WORKS since it was all built together to being with and software and drivers were written specifically for that machine.

      All tied up in a minimal, sleek, sexy, cutting edge top of the line package that "for some reason" everyone with any taste that can afford, ......WANTS.

      As I look down the line of operating systems of the nay sayers "Windows, windows, windows". OOOooooo big surprise. You can build an ugly 4wd truck and run it through the mud if you want, I'll take my BMW.
      *starts clapping and everyone joins I'n*.


      Very well said to my point of view
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      whats up with all the weak cpu? I understand MBP having 2.2 and 2.7ghz because its a mobile device. imacs are non mobile device and they are only clocking in i5 at 2.5ghz? 2.7ghz? you have to spend $2000 to get a i5 3.1ghz? really apple? stock intel cpu i5-2500 is 3.3ghz and with a clockable version you can do 4.5ghz. The frame looks good but the internals are not.
      It turbo boosts to 3.8ghz when needed.
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      It turbo boosts to 3.8ghz when needed.
      iMac 21.5" -

      2.5ghz has the intel i5-2400s, turbo at 3.3ghz
      2.7ghz has the intel i5-2500s. turbo at 3.7ghz
      2.8ghz has the intel i7-2600s. turbo at 3.8ghz

      iMac 27"

      2.7ghz has the intel i5-2500s turbo at 3.7ghz
      3.1ghz has the intel i5-2400 turbo at 3.4ghz
      3.4ghz has the intel i7-2600 turbo at 3.8ghz

      Only the i7 has it up to 3.8ghz. Like I said weak cpu. They are using the S models. They could have atleast use the regular instead the S models since they are the same price. TDP is only 30w more which is not a big deal for a desktop. That would have been a way better refresh. You have to spend $2000 just to have a non S model cpu.The upgrade prices are a joke.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I think most people know the upgrade prices are high on Apple products. But don't care.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      iMac 21.5" -

      2.5ghz has the intel i5-2400s, turbo at 3.3ghz
      2.7ghz has the intel i5-2500s. turbo at 3.7ghz
      2.8ghz has the intel i7-2600s. turbo at 3.8ghz

      iMac 27"

      2.7ghz has the intel i5-2500s turbo at 3.7ghz
      3.1ghz has the intel i5-2400 turbo at 3.4ghz
      3.4ghz has the intel i7-2600 turbo at 3.8ghz

      Only the i7 has it up to 3.8ghz. Like I said weak cpu. They are using the S models. They could have atleast use the regular instead the S models since they are the same price. TDP is only 30w more which is not a big deal for a desktop. That would have been a way better refresh. You have to spend $2000 just to have a non S model cpu.The upgrade prices are a joke.
      Ah I understand your point. I know the extra power savings is not needed but I suppose Apple views lower power consumption as more important than the extra speed. Apple's internals are always less than you could build on your own or find in a PC counterpart. For many people, its not a big deal and will gladly hand over 2k with a smile.
    1. lele211's Avatar
      lele211 -
      All you guys can talk about are speed and graphics, but for real!! Where is the built-in blu-ray drive?! Give me a break Apple!!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by lele211 View Post
      All you guys can talk about are speed and graphics, but for real!! Where is the built-in blu-ray drive?! Give me a break Apple!!
      Yes!!! Apple does need to offer bluray, another bonus to having a tower Mac or hackintosh is the ability to add standard sized drives at will.
    1. hoangtanle's Avatar
      hoangtanle -
      it would be nice to have a blu ray drive. but you know steve jobs, he doesn't like blu ray. lol

      btw, enough about specs, we should see how fast a mac is to boot up and shuts down. hands down, a good machine, more on the expensive side but you pay for the name and customer service. overall. monster machine which could be improved but thunderbolt is just around the corner.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      It's the windows dolts that have no clue what owning a trouble free computer you don't have to constantly monitor or fix is like. One of which doesn't take up half the floor by your desk for the tower and 300 cables in the floor running up the walls putting off enough heat to fry eggs while looking like a school locker with no aesthetics whatsoever. Something that doesn't need you to spend half the day looking for a driver because everything JUST WORKS since it was all built together to being with and software and drivers were written specifically for that machine.

      All tied up in a minimal, sleek, sexy, cutting edge top of the line package that "for some reason" everyone with any taste that can afford, ......WANTS.

      As I look down the line of operating systems of the nay sayers "Windows, windows, windows". OOOooooo big surprise. You can build an ugly 4wd truck and run it through the mud if you want, I'll take my BMW.
      You can keep your BMW (iMac). I'll stick with my civic with a jdm type r and a turbo (custom built pc tower). Thanks by by. (don't get all bent, it's just a comparison).
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      It's the windows dolts that have no clue what owning a trouble free computer you don't have to constantly monitor or fix is like. One of which doesn't take up half the floor by your desk for the tower and 300 cables in the floor running up the walls putting off enough heat to fry eggs while looking like a school locker with no aesthetics whatsoever. Something that doesn't need you to spend half the day looking for a driver because everything JUST WORKS since it was all built together to being with and software and drivers were written specifically for that machine.

      All tied up in a minimal, sleek, sexy, cutting edge top of the line package that "for some reason" everyone with any taste that can afford, ......WANTS.

      As I look down the line of operating systems of the nay sayers "Windows, windows, windows". OOOooooo big surprise. You can build an ugly 4wd truck and run it through the mud if you want, I'll take my BMW.
      The hardware looks great indeed, but OSX needs a facelift. Hopefully Lion will bring that. Looking for drivers is a thing of the past. They are fetched for you now. My wife needs a new computer so I have to decide between the small screen or the larger screen.

      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      whats up with all the weak cpu? I understand MBP having 2.2 and 2.7ghz because its a mobile device. imacs are non mobile device and they are only clocking in i5 at 2.5ghz? 2.7ghz? you have to spend $2000 to get a i5 3.1ghz? really apple? stock intel cpu i5-2500 is 3.3ghz and with a clockable version you can do 4.5ghz. The frame looks good but the internals are not.
      That's the next refresh. AMD? That's my next question.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Im a Windows guy..sorry. But GF has a MAC and always has. Guess there are good and bad to having either. But for me..i like the ability to upgrade components (cheaply) when I want without having to go buy a whole new machine. Never really liked the "all in one". And don't really care about looks, my PC is tucked away...all you see is the monitor anyways.