Apple’s New Core i3, i5 and i7 Based iMacs

Posted by at 11:09 am on July 27, 2010

Today Apple has  updated the iMac line. Apple has completely drop Core 2 Duo CPUs for dual-core Core i3 or i5 at the lower end. Higher-end systems have a choice of quad-core Core i5 or i7. Dual-core CPUs are now rated up to 3.6GHz, whereas quad-core speeds have been boosted  to 2.93GHz.

All systems now use dedicated ATI Radeon HD GPUs, with the 256MB 4670 as a base option, the 512MB 5670 in the middle tiers, and the 1GB 5750 for the top of the. RAM on each system is 4GB by default, but has been upgraded to clock at 1,333MHz. SD card slots have been given support for the SDXC format.

Most of the iMacs ship with a 1TB hard drive, with the exception of the bottom-level option, which starts at 500GB. New this year is the option of a 256GB SSD, which can be added to a 27-inch iMac as a primary or secondary drive.

Prices start at $1,199 for Core i3-based systems, and $1,999 for quad-core machines. Each comes with a Magic Mouse, and/or the optional Magic Trackpad, Apple’s new multi-touch desktop controller. Orders should currently ship within 24 hours.

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