Posts Tagged ‘imac’

New Mac Pro vs iMac

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Apple
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By selecting a custom built 21.5′ iMac though the Apple Store (quad Core i5  2.9Ghz, 16GB ram, 256 GB SSD) we get it only EUR 1000 cheaper than the new entry-level Mac Pro, that provides a quad Xeon 3.7 Ghz (also 10 MB cache vs 6MB for the i5), a faster memory bus (1866Mhz vs 1600 Mhz for the imac), two AMD FirePro D300 with 2 GB VRAM each (Nvidia GeForce GT 750M with 1GB VRAM for the imac) . Moreover the Mac Pro’s graphics cards can be upgraded (also it provides more extensions/ports) and it runs more silent and is likely more reliable.

Apple then does not provide true choice between the mac mini and Mac Pro (iMac processors and graphics cards are mobile versions, that are less powerfull than desktop’s ones).

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New imac / mac mini

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Apple
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Apple presented new mac mini and imac. The mac mini now features an Intel HD4000 chispet (two times faster than Nvidia 320M or Intel HD3000), while the entry-level iMac’s Nvidia GT 640M (512 MB dedicated GDDR5) is 3 to 6 times faster than 320M/HD3000 (and 2 to 3 times faster than HD4000).

The new iMac also uses a new display (75 percent less reflective, 40 percent less volume, down to 5 mm at edges, 5.68 kg for 21.5 inch model)  and new headphones.

A new fusion drive option (automatic management of data stored either on SSD part – if used frequently – or on a 1 TB or 3 TB hard disk part) is also provided (or a full 256 GB SSD).

As planned, Apple updated iMacs, with 512Mb HD 5670 graphics card for second 21,5′ model and 1Gb HD 5750 for higher ones. The entry level iMac uses the previously mid-range HD4670 (only 256 Mb) instead of 9400M chipset. Core 2 Duo processors are replaced by Core i3 (with hyperthreading for all – and tubo boost starting to the second model).

iMac : entry models update soon

Posted: July 22, 2010 in Apple
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An update to entry level iMac may finally appear this summer : besides dual Core i3 or i5 and a GeForce series 400 card (instead of the 320M chipset), USB3 and Firewire 1600/3200 could be provided.

Intel Sandy Bridge processors are now due this fall (for desktop models) instead of early 2011 (release date for mobile versions), then we can expect delayed Mac Pro and iMac updates to a year after latest iMac update (that is also more for MacPro).

New mac mini / iMac

Posted: June 15, 2010 in Apple
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The new mac mini (1,4 cm flatter however 3 cm larger and deeper) is priced 799 euros (and 699$, that is a high margin), only 2 Gb ram (+90 euros for 4 Gb – then 889 euros) and a lower cores frequency (2,4 Ghz) than the previous model (2,53 Ghz and 4 Gb for 749 euros). However it features the 320M chipset (up to twice as fast as the older 9400M), upgradable ram to 8 Gb max (through easy access) instead of 4 Gb max previously (2x4Gb can be found at 280 euros in shops – 450 euros as an option at the AppleStore !), a new fan that can be useful under intensive work (audio) and hot ambient temperature (now required due to included power supply).
Number of USB2 ports is down to 4 (from 5), however an HDMI port appears (HDMI to DVI adapter bundled). The hard disk (320 Gb) is still 5400 rpm. Max power consumption is down to 85W (from 110 W previously) and 10 W when idle (on an old G4 MDD 1,25 Ghz it was respectively 360W and 80W).

The mac mini server now includes two 7200 rpm hard drives (500 Gb each), that is interesting for audio (does not require to chain external firewire hard disk and firewire audio interface). At 1149 euros it provides 4 Gb memory and also faster processor cores (2,66 Ghz). We will have to add the external USB (auto-powered) superdrive originally targeted to MacBook Air (+89 euros), therefore the whole is finally priced 1238 euros.

However we can find at only 111 euros more (that is 1349 euros) an iMac fitted with even faster processor cores (3,06 Ghz), a dedicated Radeon HD4760 graphics card with 256 Mb (known as a very good entry level card one year and a half ago on PC, and at least two times faster than 320M chipset), a nice 21,5′ display (1080p, and more readable than a Samsung 20′ display at 1680×1050 resolution), an acceptable weight (9 kg), a 1 To 7200 rpm hard drive, 8 Gb ram option (4 Gb by default) priced 180 euros only, a wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. The power consumption is 241 W (70 W for the Radeon HD4760).

We can expect that next iMac update will feature lower features/price ratio. A mini tower quad mac pro (Core i5 or i7) around 1500 would be better, as any problem with the iMac (display, etc.) requires to replace the whole computer.

New Core i7 imac bench

Posted: November 17, 2009 in Apple
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Benchs of new Core i7 imac (compared with Core i5 and Core2 Duo imacs, and MacPro) are available. It is as fast as a MacPro quad.