2009 Apple 24″ iMac 3.06GHz Specifications
Display: 24″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 with 512MB
CPU: 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 Core 2 Duo
Optical: 8x DL SuperDrive
Apple has updated the Mac mini, Mac Pro and the iMac. I’ll focus on the iMacs here. The iMac’s CPU has been upgraded to Intel’s newest Core i7Â slightly faster Core 2 Duo processors. The previous iMacs weren’t slow but the new iMacs should be quite the performerÂ a bit faster.Â We’ll see just how fast when reviews pop all over the Internet. The 24″ iMac can be equipped with up to a 3.06GHz Core i7 2 Duo processor; there are two slower versions at 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz.The 3.06GHz iMac should be a snappy performer but one thing that concerns me is the potential for heat-related problems since the external design hasn’t been changed. Maybe there are more holes on the case somewhere. The GPU has been updated to NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 130 512MB for the high-end 3.06GHz 24″ iMac and to the GeForce GT 120 256MB on the 2.93GHz 24″ iMac. The lowly 2.66GHz 24″ iMac gets the integrated GeForce 9400M GPU as do the 20″ iMac. These new GPUs power the 24″ TFT LCD that sport a 1920 x 1200 pixel format on the 24″ iMacs. The 20″ iMac features a pixel format of 1680 x 1050. Again my concern is heat since the GT 130 parts are powerful but also generate a considerable amount of heat. The GT 130 has 32 processor cores capable of 144 Gigaflops. The CPU clock runs at 1.5GHz, the GDDR3 memory runs at 800MHz and can display up to 2560 x 1600 pixels via a digital link.
Pricing for the 3.06GHz 24″ iMac is a steep $2199 but the entry price for a 24″ iMac with a 2.66GHz is $1499, much more palatable. The value of the older iMacs are a toss-up. For instance, Amazon is selling a 2.8GHz 24″ iMac with 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD and SuperDrive for $1699.99. The $1499 entry price for the new 24″ iMac nets you double the memory at 4GB and double the HDD capacity at 640GB (both of these components are quite cheap these days). The integrated GeForce 9400M will easily be outperformed by ATI’s Radeon HD 2600 PRO GPU with 256MB on the older model though. For a slightly faster CPU and a much better GPU but less RAM and HDD (upgrading them would be easy and fairly cheap) I am leaning toward the slightly older but more useful 2.8GHz for $1699.99.Â Of course the question then is: is the 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo faster than the 2.66GHz Core i7?