Third generation Intel iMac was very similar to the previous one, but apparently differs from it as if it was created by alien designers. The question arises: how much can it cost? Inexpensive. The price of the Junior model of the new generation were the same as before… The cheapest iMac was worth 1 $ 199, like its predecessor released on March 3 of that year. 1 199 proposed artifact with real improvements – the screen size became larger, 21.5 inch (54.6 cm) diagonal is 20 (50.8 cm), the clarity and intelligibility of the image was preserved when viewed at almost any angle, the clock frequency has increased significantly (from 2.66 GHz to 3.06), and many other features re-imagined…

For those who are more important than power, it was proposed hypersonic thermonuclear model for a lot of money – but about it not today. Focus on normal mass and on the computers for him. It is on the exclusive products for all rests the well-being of Apple. And whenever she forgets about it, waiting for her grief and falling sales.

Alien iMac’s for all it was several. Officially two. With a screen diagonal of 21.5 inches (54.6 cm) with a diagonal of 27 inches (68.6 cm). But it was only the two source configurations, any of which the buyer could customize in thousands of ways, greatly increasing its computational and graphics power, while remaining within more or less acceptable prices.

Outsiders added to the two official variants (both with integrated graphics and weak processor) two more, with discrete graphics and more powerful processor.

The most-most, with a 27-inch screen and a maximum key parameters, cost only 1 $ 899 for many is not “only”, but there were other options…

Inside the new iMac’and “for all”

the iMac model ID iMac10,1 technical data slightly differed from his predecessors.

In the basic configuration, all variants – 4 GB PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMMs in two of four memory slots. The maximum amount of memory – 16 Gigabytes, according to Apple. Actually is a 32.

SATA II (3 Gbps), SD-slot, 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Firewire 800 port, 1 Mini DisplayPort, 1 Ethernet port 10/100/1000Base-T, AirPort Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR built in, DL SuperDrive.

Built-in RAM is too small, but for Mac OS 10.6.1 sufficient, even when using integrated graphics. Potential of its expansion and “inspire”.

The maximum resolution supported on an external monitor and need to connect – standard Mini DisplayPort. 2560×1600, adapters (neither of them package was not included, but with the exception of the most selling Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI, they cost “peanuts”.

Options choice of processor, graphics and hard disk capacity have turned it into a completely different computer – still never invented outside of Apple “synthetic” options were not as reasonable and useful… In the end, the same idea came up and Apple and gave them the official designation.

Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo, all official versions is the same, Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz (E7600), with 3 MB of cache second level. The clock frequency of frontal system bus 1 066 MHz, integrated graphics – NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, without his memory, using a 256 (actually 272) MB total RAM… the disk Size in the initial configuration depended on the size of the screen – in the version with 21.5 inches diagonal it was 500 GB (7 200 rpm), with 27 inch 1 Terabyte with the same frequency of rotation of the rotor.

Synthetic variants were obtained from official easy in the Configurator for this it was necessary to change only two parameters with two possible values each. In the variant with 21.5 inches of diagonal changed even the drive, but this is not essential.

And now the most important data on the computer (with 21.5 and 27 inch screens) were:

Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo 3.33 GHz (E8600), with 6 MB of cache second level. The clock frequency of frontal system bus 1333 MHz, discrete graphics – AMD ATI Radeon HD 4670, c 256 Megabytes of its own memory (GDDR3). Disk of 1 TB, regardless of the size of the screen and the housing.

About ATI Radeon HD 4670 in the reference graphic systems written many good – cheap, with the architecture of the most advanced at the time the 4800-series, but none of the guides does not mention the configuration with 256 Megabytes of RAM. Only 512 or 1024 Megabytes. But on the iMac the video memory size was 256 Mbytes.


All new iMac models, from the cheapest to the most expensive (which is generally another model with a different architecture and other prices), were the same two models of displays. Not for humanity – it is cheaper.

Displays with screen 21.5 inches and 27 inches. Both with led backlighting and IPS technology due to which picture they could see every angle of the screen was visible.

The maximum (native) resolution 21.5-inch screen 1920×1080. Brightness 320 CD/sq m, contrast 1000:1. The previous (with a diagonal of 20 inches) was brighter, but it’s the little things. 102 dots per inch. One and a half times less than the iPhone and iPod touch.

Aspect ratio perfect for viewing video in 16:9.

27-inch native resolution was bigger (2560×1440) brightness 375 CD/m, contrast 1000:1, aspect ratio – 16:9, dpi – 109.

iMac with 27-inch screen supported feature Target Display Mode: when connected to the source of the signal, it would turn off the brain and turned into a very good external monitor, for example, Mac mini or MacBook. This feature was perceived ambiguously, but its implementation has been spent so small amount (it came out when the iMac, but the display must be tested), and argue it was nothing. And how they tested and adjusted the screen at 21.7 inches? Is it in any way? Small this function is not received.

Prices, options and benchmarks

We will consider all 4 are worthy of consideration option iMac10,1 or two with the screen in 21.5-inch and two-and-a screen 27.

Two official version (with integrated graphics and 3 MB of cache second level) cost 1 199 $ 1 699 $ depending on the size of the screen.

In the 21.5-inch version of installed drive capacity of 500 GB (7 200 rpm), but, given the option for your account in 1 or 2 Terabytes, with the same frequency of rotation of the rotor. This option 21,5/3,06.

The kit 27-inch version included a disk of 1 Terabyte, which can be had for a fee to change to disk 2 Terabytes. Both 7 200 Rev/min option 27/3,06.

Informal (with discrete graphics, 6 MB cache second level and more powerful processor cost 1 1 699 and $ 899 (with screens of 21.5 and 27 inches), and the size of hard drives, and options for them was the same as that of the official 27-inch model. This version of the 21.5/3,33 and 27/3,33.

Replacement E7600 (3.06 GHz) E8600 (3.33 GHz) costs about $ 100. So there were two options, with integrated graphics and hard drive the former in the default configuration, which cost 1 399 1 799 dollars. Terms of Geekbench 2 and 4 they did not differ from 21.5/3,33 and 27/3,33. Does not affect the size of the computer case and the diagonal of its screen.

Geekbench 2 (32) and (64) is a 32 and 64 bit tests.
Geekbench 4 (SC) tests of the performance of one core, (MC) – all cores.

21,5/3,06 and 27/3,06: (32) = 4 221, (64) = 4 628, (SC) = 1 867, (MC) = 3 098
21,5/3,33 and 27/3,33: (32) = 4 647, (64) = 5 189, (SC) = 2 178, (MC) = 3 684

Increase the RAM size or hard disk up to 2 Terabytes, of course, increased the cost of the computer disk of 2 TB asked for $ 250, and 4 GB in the end of 2009 seemed so insufficient that clients have simply scratched the arm to raise it at least to 8.

Apple made a development of the newborn mobile platforms (iPhone and iPod touch) as I could.

To be continued