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05-03-2011, 08:10 AM #1
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.
05-03-2011, 08:34 AM #2
05-03-2011, 08:44 AM #3
Ah...Don't need it! I'll wait until my iMac is really dying or I actually need to.
05-03-2011, 08:50 AM #427" iMac for sale.
i want one. Who is looking for an iMac in Spain. Had mine less than 6 months.
05-03-2011, 09:10 AM #5
Very nice now i need a 27incher
05-03-2011, 09:37 AM #6
you guys are silly... you can build a computer for way less than the price of any computer sold in a store with parts bought online.
05-03-2011, 09:42 AM #7
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Does this new version have OS X Lion?
And if not, is there enough of a reason to not wait until Lion is released?
05-03-2011, 09:59 AM #8
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05-03-2011, 10:14 AM #10
Seriously the refresh is awesome, but there is no reason for me to upgrade my 6 month old 27" i5 iMac. That would be just silly. It's already running 1gb VRAM and i5 quad. A connector on back that hooks to ....... Nothing else on the market right now... Not worth $2000. My mid 2010 will do for now, but for people who do not have a recent iMac these will be a good purchase.
05-03-2011, 10:18 AM #11
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05-03-2011, 11:05 AM #13
Really tired of this "why buy an iMac when you could build a more powerful computer for cheaper" argument.
Many people don't give two shíts about upgradability. Most people don't have the know-how to build a computer from scratch. Many people want an all-in-one design with only a single cable coming out of the machine.
You could buy your clothes from a thrift shop cheaper than brand names but with the same functionality. Do you people who scoff at people who buy iMacs buy the cheapest of everything?
It's also ironic that people scoff at those who buy iMac's buy iPhones and iPads themselves.
It's only personal preference people!
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05-03-2011, 11:29 AM #14
Everyone stfu. there are sites that make builds for you. all you have to do is buy the parts. A two year old could put those parts together. if it doesnt fit yer doin' it wrong
05-03-2011, 12:47 PM #15
Sexy and sleek, just the way I like 'em!
05-03-2011, 12:54 PM #16
Thunderbolt is not a feature until we start seeing devices that support it. I just have a very powerful mini display port for now.
05-03-2011, 01:01 PM #17
05-03-2011, 01:36 PM #18
Hmmmm. My iMac is a year old but I wouldn't mind some thunderbolt action.
05-03-2011, 03:09 PM #19
05-03-2011, 04:16 PM #20
it's a nifty machine that doesn't have a tower. I wonder why people hate on iMac's and be so negative about the iMac. if it has no interest in them, they shouldn't say anything at all and let the rest of the people who are fans of iMac's be happy. buzzkill.