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    The iFixit crew has torn down Apple's brand new 27" 5k retina display iMac, which the Cupertino-based company revealed at its special event on Thursday.

    As it would appear, the famed desktop computer by Apple keeps most of the same design of the previous-generation 27" iMac.

    Apple has seriously bumped up the hardware in these new iMacs with brand-new i5 and i& processors, which can be clocked as high as 4.0Ghz. The base model comes with 8GB of 1600Mhz RAM, and can be upgraded from the factory, but if you don't want to shell out the additional cash (since Apple's RAM upgrades can be quite expensive), iFixit reveals that the new iMac still allows you to manually upgrade your own RAM with third-party retailers:

    The new iMac also houses powerful graphics, which are harnessed by the AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory. The storage in this machine is no joke either, utilizing PCIe-based SSD storage for maximum speed.

    In case you're interested in who makes the new 5k retina display, iFixit has revealed that LG is the manufacturer. And as for that custom timing controller that Apple noted they had to make in order to drive this powerful, pixel-packed new display, iFixit points out that Apple is using a modified Parade Technologies timing controller.

    Apple's new 27" 5k retina display iMac has received a 5 out of 10 repairability score, with 10 being the highest score that can be earned and 1 being the lowest. iFixit notes that the RAM upgradeability is easy, and that the CPU and hard drive components can be removed with some adhesive cutting. On the other hand, the LCD panel has a fused glass display, which means a full replacement is necessary if that fails, and it's very difficult to re-seal the new machine when putting it back together.

    Sources: iFixit
    2014-10-18 05:16 PM