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iMacs go quad-core and add Thunderbolt

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 May 2011 12:12 User comments (7)

iMacs go quad-core and add Thunderbolt Apple has introduced the refreshed line of iMacs this week, running on quad-core processors, adding a built-in HD webcam for FaceTime and Intel's new Thunderbolt interface.
The new computers will be available as 21.5-inch (1920x1080 resolution) or 27-inch (2560x1440), and each are LED-backlit.

Starting at $1199, the 21.5-inch has a 2.5GHz Intel quad-core Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache, 4GB RAM, a small 500GB HDD and a 512MB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD6750M video card.

The more expensive model starts at $1499 and has a 2.7GHz i5, a 1TB HDD and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M. It can also be upgraded (very expensively) to a 2.8Ghz i7 processor, a 2TB HDD and a 256GB SSD as a secondary (or primary) drive.

Moving up to the 27-inch models, starting at $1699 you can get a configuration with a 2.7GHz i5, a 1TB HDD and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M.

The most expensive base model starts at $1999, bringing a 3.1GHz i5 and a 1GB AMD Radeon HD6970M. That model can be modified to add a 256GB SSD, a monster 3.4Ghz i7 and a 2GB version of the video card.

Each computer has a mini display port, a FireWire 800 port, 4 USB 2.0 ports an SDXC card slot, gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and an Apple wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. Additionally, each has 2 new Thunderbolt ports and built-in HD webcams for FaceTime.

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7 user comments

15.5.2011 03:56

It is amazing how much people will pay for an economy laptop just because it is made by apple and it isn't portable.

25.5.2011 08:34

Let the mindless hate flow!

35.5.2011 10:33

Very expensive at $1699. But even more expensive when bought in the UK at 1699. (Sterling)

45.5.2011 11:19

are you kidding me?? now mac's are better than my computer well... 6970 M ugh crap...

psp1001 w/cfw5.0m33-6
nds w/acekard2 akaio
Wii w/ wiikey original
ps3< is awesome XD
ps2 w/ unknown modchip *srry*

55.5.2011 13:47

hmmm 6970m is actually great graphics, but the price is ridiculous. I just got my new laptop 15" quad 2.2 and 6650m this thing is a beast! Play BC2,GTA4 with dlc and boderland on high, only $650... best investment ever

65.5.2011 14:34

Originally posted by lissenup7:
I think most would agree that Macs and Apple products (computers at least) are designed for the techno morons. Self healing, relatively basic and meant for old people, very young children and fucking retards. Somehow though........people continue to think "it's cool" to have one. .......NOT
What's so bad about keeping it simple? You forgot about the people who would rather have something that looks nice and is relatively small/thin compared to some big box unit that takes up their entire desk. Maybe thats why they choose to buy apple products.

75.5.2011 15:46

I suppose if you work in publishing or in professional audio work they make sense but to me Apple's stuff has always seemed a terrible cost/spec deal compared to a desktop PC
(and I hide my tower under a desk along with my printer, so I have to have some space for that stuff anways, leaving me with only a thin flat panel monitor showing so the size point means nothing to me).

Horses for courses I guess.

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