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  • iMac, Mac Pro Get Speed Bumps

    Both the iMac and Mac Pro lines were refreshed today, with the iMac receiving new Core i3, i5 and i7 configuration and the Mac Pro with options for up to 12 physical processing cores. Both product lines have new ATI graphics and fast SSD drives available as options. The new iMac is the first Apple computer to feature a Core i3 chip.

    The iMac, which was last refreshed in October 2009, can now be purchased with dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5 speeds up to 3.6 GHz, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 at up to 2.93 GHz. Graphics is improved with the option of an ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete coprocessor card with 512MB GDDR3 memory. The iMac's card slot on the now supports the SDXC format, and 256GB solid state drives (SSDs), with up to 215 MB/s data transfer rates, are available as build-to-order options on the new model.

    The Mac Pro finally received the refresh it had been missing for over a year, with this introduction of new hexacore chips in single or double processor configurations. Dual 2.66 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5650s or a pair of 2.93 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5670s can be installed on new Mac Pros for 12 physical cores, with hyperthreading technology to allow for 24 logical cores. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, called the refreshed Mac Pro "the most powerful and configurable Mac we've ever made," noting that there were "over a billion possible configurations." The high end desktop is also available with single or dual ATI Radeon HD cards, large mechanical hard disks or up to 4 512 GB SSDs (!) for extremely fast disk access.

    The Mac Pro starts at $2,499 US and will be available in August. The Core i3 iMac starts at $1,199 while the 27-inch iMac with a quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU has a base price of $1,999. All iMac models are available and shipping now.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iMac, Mac Pro Get Speed Bumps started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
      Aha just messin' with ya

      Well, i'll bite my tongue. Each to their own :P
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I wonder how fast is the 12 cores?
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Thats a whole lot of trunk space for junk, I guess some of you would use it lol.
    1. Scripts Pro's Avatar
      Scripts Pro -
      14 day return policy...
    1. Truckinlow's Avatar
      Truckinlow -
      this is what i was waiting for. now i can drop a couple grand and get my 27 inch i5
    1. Scripts Pro's Avatar
      Scripts Pro -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      I just bought my iMac for college two days ago....
      I knew this update was coming but I thought it was coming later, I have terrible luck.
      return it. I don't see the problem.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      I just bought my iMac for college two days ago....
      I knew this update was coming but I thought it was coming later, I have terrible luck.
      yeah, you can return it if you want. apple is good about that. they might charge you a small restocking fee though, but I doubt it.
    1. awesomeo4000's Avatar
      awesomeo4000 -
      Does anyone actually use one of these as a personal computer?
    1. elle49's Avatar
      elle49 -
      I've been waiting for this to come out because I'm in the market for a new imac. As with most apple products, I'm giving it a week before I go out and buy it. Anyone got it? Any bugs? Is the screen better than the old 27" (the one that had all the flickering and yellowing problems)?
    1. hellrazor35's Avatar
      hellrazor35 -
      I'm trying to decide between a tricked out macpro for 12,00 or a 1967 chevy truck.