The economic crisis of 2008-2009 has also affected Apple. The new model iMac took on the virtual shelves of the Apple online store on March 3, 2009, at first glance, almost no different from previous. And inside the changes were relatively small. That day, the online store has undergone a massive update, ran his eyes: updated all table and Mac: Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro. But, if you look closely, the differences were even outside. Bearing that kept LCD all-in-one desktop, became more elegant. And, according to designers, more reliable – in my opinion, and it had not complained.

On the back side of the screen, changed a set of plugs, the screens became brighter, and the keyboard included in the package, was obscenely miniature (without numeric keypad) and thin. However, buying a iMac from a dealer or from a retail store, the keyboard can be replaced on a regular, at no additional cost.

Here the designers decided that a small, thin Apple keyboard aesthetically (claims it was not – strangely enough, she was comfortable), and digital keyboard – violates something in the composition. Get used to it!

While Steve went on leave due to illness, something they kept from such improvements.

According to Apple, the new iMac was a very important and significant step forward, particularly in the area of graphics performance. NVIDIA GeForce 100-series, on paper, were murderers competitors. In fact…

New graphics revolution

The model was divided into two groups. For “cheap”, which has now been variants with 20-inch and 24-inch screens, with integrated graphics based on NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, and “high grade” NVIDIA GeForce 100-series.

Graphics, everything was OK… in the “cheap” group. GeForce 9400M not for nothing was taken away from the system and programs his big piece of RAM – at least 256 Megabytes, it was the performance of the previous graphics processors from NVIDIA sample 2007.

But NVIDIA GeForce NVIDIA GeForce GT120 and GT130, the same 100 series with “high class”, did not Shine. They were more productive than the GeForce 9400M, but they expected so much more.

The GeForce GT120 was 32 streaming cores, transistors 314 million technology 55 nm, a capacity of 130 Gigaflops. A little steeper than the GeForce GT 9600М, but iMac not a laptop.The desktop is not enough.

In the GeForce GT130 was the streaming of the nuclei was 48, of transistor 505 million, the same 55-nm technology and performance 254 Gigaflops.

Actually the 100 series (sold exclusively in bulk to manufacturers of computer equipment) was another name for 9-series, to which belonged the GeForce 9400M and the GeForce GT 9600М. Reviews about the last too were not the best.

However, perhaps users Macs wanted an elegant iMac too much? Not a revolution, but so what?buying iMac’s high-class was proposed to replace the GeForce GT120 or GT130 GeForce on another graphics processor, ATI Radeon HD 4850. Replacing the GT120 in it would cost $ 200, replacement GT130 is only 50.

Here ATI Radeon HD 4850, which journalists dubbed the “cocky novice” (matches are random!!!), developed 1 000 Gigaflops (or 200 “double precision”), and really was exceptionally good.

the iMac model ID iMac9,1

In all embodiments, as in the cheap and the options are “high class” used Intel Core 2 Duo “Penryn”, with different clock frequencies. Technology 45 nm the second level cache 6 MB clock frequency of frontal system bus 1066 MHz.

Type of RAM – PC3-8500 DDR3 (1066 MHz) instead of PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM (800 MHz) the previous model. Basic configuration options include from 2 to 4 Gigabytes of RAM, max. capacity – 8 GB. RAM was the only configuration item which is not forbidden to adjust under itself.

Changes in the set of connectors on the back side of all versions of the new iMac: place the mini-DVI took a Mini DisplayPort, a Firewire 400 port “gone forever”, his place was taken by fourth connector USB 2.0.

The other connectors remain in their seats: 4 USB 2.0 (according to Apple there were 6 – two on keyboard), 1 Firewire 800 port, Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T.

Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. For $ 49 you can purchase an external Apple USB modem. Infrared receiver (for Apple Remote), and a magnet for fixing the Apple Remote was, but the Apple Remote had to buy it for $ 19.

In all variants of the model were set 8x DL SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW). Exactly the same as iMac7,1 and iMac8,1 – if you believe the specs. But tests on the ground found that dual-layer DVD on the new iMac recorded 20 percent faster. Perhaps the volunteers simply wrong.

64-bit EFI, SATA II (3.0 GB/s), iSight…

The model was supplied with Mac OS 10.5.6, worked with all versions up to Mac OS 10.11.6 systems starting with Mac OS 10.12 absolutely incompatible.

Supported installation of Windows from 32-bit Windows XP SP2 32-bit Windows 7. A copy of Windows (legal) have to buy their own, in the online Apple store operating system competitors did not sell out of principle.

To install and run Windows used or Boot Camp (included in Mac OS X), or one of the third-party virtualization packages.

iMac9,1 meets the requirements for Windows 8, but information about the successful installation of the latest I have.

The external monitor support resolution up to 2560×1600, as a second display you can use the 30-inch display.


In iMac9,1 used two different size screen, with a resolution of 20 or 24 inches (50.8 and 61 cm). Screen 20-inch diagonal used in one variant of the model 20/2,66. The 24-inch was used 24/2,66, 24/2,24/3 and 93,06.

Standard resolution 20 inch screen 1680×1050, the maximum brightness of 290 CD/m, contrast ratio – 800:1.

Standard resolution 24 inch screen 1920×1200, brightness up to 385 CD/m, contrast ratio – 750:1.

In other words, the tactical and technical data a 24-inch screens of this and the previous models are the same, but the same voluntary testers who have DVD DL was recorded faster than ever before to find and screen them 24/2,66 “much brighter” than previous models.


Variants there were four. Two of them, 20/2,24/2 and 66,66, I willfully call “cheap”, perhaps it would be better to call them “economy group” – among the lowest in comparison with other options, clock frequency, they all use integrated graphics processor; and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M.

In 20/2,66 processor – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz (E8135), 2 gigabytes of RAM, disk 320 GB (7 200 rpm). Price – 1 $ 199.

Instead of standard, extra, installed drive 640 GB ($75) or 1 TB ($175). The frequency of rotation of the rotor in both 7 200 Rev/min.

At 24/2,66 used the same processor, the base configuration includes 4 GB RAM and disk of 640 GB (7 200 rpm). Configuration 1 was worth $ 499.

The disk of 640 GB, you can overwrite terabyte for $ 100.

In the Geekbench 2 tests, these variants showed the same results:

In the 32-bit tests, 3 680 points, in 64-bit – 4 064 points.

Options “high-class” diverse.

At 24/2,93 used Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz (E8335), 4 gigabytes of RAM and disk 640 GB (7 200 rpm), NVIDIA GeForce GT120 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM. For $ 100 disk can be replaced by a drive capacity of 1 Terabyte. For $ 150 GeForce GT120 could be replaced by a NVIDIA GeForce GT130 512 MB GDDR3 for $ 200 – ATI Radeon HD 4850 c 512 Megabytes GDDR3. 24/2,93 cost of 1 799$.

In the 32-bit benchmarks Geekbench 2 scored 4 points 001, 64-bit – 4 444 points.

In 24/3,06 – Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz (E8435), 4GB of RAM and a disk of 1 TB (7 200 rpm), NVIDIA GeForce GT130 512 Megabytes GDDR3 VRAM, which could be replaced by ATI Radeon HD 4850 with the same amount of video memory for $ 50 (increasing graphics performance in iMac 4 times). Cost top option 2 $ 199.

In the 32-bit benchmarks Geekbench 2 option 4 scored 190 points, 64-bit – 4 622 points.