New imacs : LED/HD/QuadCore/MagicMouse

Posted: October 21, 2009 in Apple
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Apple presented new imacs, fitted with HD LED backlit (1920 by 1080 pixels on the 21,5 inches, and 2560 by 1440 pixels on the 27 inches) et quad core processors as an option on the 27 inches model (Core i5 2,66 Ghz or Core i7 2,8 Ghz, with Turbo Boost technology to overclock a core if others aren’t in use, and Hyper-Threading on the Core i7).

The 21,5 inches model keeps a core duo 2 processor, at 3,06 or 3,33 Ghz (are also available on the 27 inches model), and onboards a NVidia 9400M chipset, or an ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256 Mb. The quad core models are provided with the Radeon HD 4850 with 512 Mb (the HD 4670 with 256 Mb is also available on the Core i5) . Hard drives (SATA) range from 500 Gb to 2Tb and are 7200 rpm.

These new iMac are bundled with the new Magic Mouse (multitouch), that can also be purchased separately (69$) for all macs under Leopard (10.5.8 required).

Best attractive configurations are the 3,06 Ghz 27 inches model (core 2 duo, 4 Gb of ram, 1 Tb hard drive) with ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB option (1699+150, that is 1849$), and (more) the 27 inches Core i5 (same configuration as the previous, however with a 2,66Ghz quad core, for 1999$). This later model logically offers about same performance as the entry level quad 2,66 Ghz MacPro (Xeon processor, however NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, only 3 Gb of ram and 640 Gb of hard drive), that is priced 2499$ (that is 500$ more, despite the imac providing a 27 inches display).

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