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Apple Watch: New iMacs
Wednesday, 2011 May 4 - 10:57 am
Apple released a new line of iMac desktops yesterday. Here's the skinny.

All models: The new Thunderbolt 10Gbps port is standard on all the models, with the 27" models getting two of them; the built-in camera is now an HD camera (for use with Facetime HD).

21.5" 2.5 GHz: The entry level iMac now has a 2.5 GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, instead of the previous model's 3.06 GHz dual-core Core i3. Despite the lower clock speed, this is a serious speed bump. The AMD Radeon 6750M with 512MB replaces the previous AMD Radeon 4670; the new GPU is somewhere around 50% faster. Memory and hard drive remain unchanged at 4GB and 500GB; the price is still $1199.

21.5" 2.7 GHz: This model gets a 2.7 GHz quad-core Core i5, replacing the previous version's 3.2 GHz dual-core Core i3. The GPU is now a Radeon 6770M with 512MB instead of a Radeon 5670; that should be a 30% improvement. Memory and hard drive remain unchanged at 4GB and 1TB; the price is still $1499.

27" 2.7 GHz: Much like the $1499 model but with a 27" screen. A 2.7 GHz quad-core Core i5 replaces the previous version's 3.2 GHz dual-core Core i3. The GPU is now a Radeon 6770M with 512MB instead of a Radeon 5670; that should be a 30% improvement. Memory and hard drive remain unchanged at 4GB and 1TB; the price is still $1699.

27" 3.1 GHz: The top-end model gets a 3.1 GHz quad-core Core i5, replacing the previous version's 2.8 GHz quad-core Core i5. The GPU is now a Radeon 6970M with 1GB instead of a Radeon 5750; that's nearly twice as fast as before and it makes this machine into a serious gaming rig. (The Radeon 6970M is one of the top twenty GPUs available today, even among desktop models.) Memory and hard drive remain unchanged at 4GB and 1TB; the price is still $1999.

Available build-to-order options include a Magic Trackpad instead of a Magic Mouse (or get them both for an additional $69). The $1499 model is upgradeable to a 2.8 GHz Core i7 for $200; the $1999 model is upgradeable to a 3.4 GHz Core i7 for $200. Memory can be upgraded to 8GB for $200 (or 16GB for $600 on the 27" models).
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