Apple's New Low-end iMac Scores Low in Multi-core Benchmark Tests
On Wednesday, Apple introduced a new low-end 21.5" iMac
for the subsidized price tag of just $1099. Apple continues to offer a higher-end 21.5" iMac, as well as a 27.5" iMac in their product line.
It would appear that the slash in the price comes with a major slash in performance. Geekbench benchmark tests of the new low-end 21.5" iMac are indicating that multi-core benchmarks are scoring up to 40% slower than the higher-end 21.5" iMac. Single-core benchmark scores are about in the same ballpark between the two machines, reports MacRumors
What this indicates is that the new iMac would not be a great option for intense processing activities, and that the extra $200 may be well-warranted for the next-step-up machine. The machine also comes with significantly less storage space, weaker graphics, and no upgrade options for memory.
The low-end 21.5" iMac houses the following specs: a 1.4Ghz dual-core Intel i5 processor with Turbo Boost that can clock the processor up to 2.7Ghz when necessary, one 8GB memory module, a 500GB hard disk drive, and Intel HD 5000 graphics.
To view Apple's current iMac offerings, you can visit this Apple Store link