• 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.

    Source: Apple
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