Tuesday, July 27th 2010

Apple Unveils Hardware Specs. Updates for iMacs, Mac Pro, and a New Cinema Display

Apple today announced a large-scale refresh of its Mac line of computers. The refresh includes new models, and hardware updates on existing ones. Highlights include: 1. a complete transition to Intel 2010 Core Series processors (i3/i5/i7, across the board), a speed step up on existing SKUs, and a brilliant new Cinema display. To begin with, the entire range of iMac desktops now feature Core i3/i5/i7 processors, moving forward from Core 2 Duo that featured on the lower models. The lineup starts with Core i3 processors with speeds of up to 3.06 GHz (at the 21.5" $1,199 point), Core i3 3.20 GHz (at 21.5" $1,499 and 27" $1,699 points), and 2.80 GHz Core i5 quad-core (at the 27" $1,999 point).

Earlier, the 27", $1,999 model featured a 2.66 GHz Core i5 processor. Each of these models optionally offer faster processors. While the 21.5" $1,199 model packs ATI Radeon HD 4670 512 MB graphics, the $1,499 and $1,699 models come with ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 MB graphics, and the 27" one packs ATI Radeon HD 5750 1 GB. All models pack 4 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1333 MHz memory.

Next up is a similar specifications update for the top of the line Mac Pro. This highly scalable and customizable workstation from Apple comes in two basic price-points from where customers can expand or buy the system with its default configuration. At $2,499, the Mac Pro is driven by a single Intel Xeon W3530 2.80 GHz quad-core processor with 8 MB of L3 cache, 3 GB of triple-channel ECC DDR3-1066 MHz memory, ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB graphics, 1 TB of HDD storage and room for expansion, while at $1,000 more, the $3,499 model is powered by two Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz quad-core processors (dual-socket), 6 GB of memory, and HD 5770 1 GB as well. These models have the option of single and dual socket six-core processors.

Apple topped it off with a new 27-inch Cinema display that makes use of the latest display technologies. The new display maintains an aspect ratio of 16:9, with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (same as 27" iMacs), with an IPS panel, ambient light sensor that adjusts the display to the lighting conditions, and makes use of LED-backlit that makes illumination more uniform when compared to CFL-based illumination. Other features include a built-in iSight camera, and 3-port USB 2.0 hub. The Cinema display now only uses mini-DisplayPort as its connection. Said to release in September, the new 27-inch Cinema display goes for $999.
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89 Comments on Apple Unveils Hardware Specs. Updates for iMacs, Mac Pro, and a New Cinema Display

#1
AlienIsGOD
Very Overpriced as usual.... Nice to see Apple using ATI cards this time around tho.
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#2
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
honestly, that price is worth it considering the 27" 2560x1440 IPS display :rockout:
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#3
Soylent Joe
I'd love to someday have an iMac, I'll just have to sell every single computer I have plus some to get it. But these look like some very nice models.
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#4
djisas
The 27 screen is good n all, but is a hd5750 going to power it??
For that screen to play nice, you would need at least an 5870 and at least an i7...
For 2k id buy an i7 + 6GB ram + 5870 and the rest of the hardware, and mb save some cash...
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#5
Completely Bonkers
New IPS cinema at 2560x1440 and camera is a steal at $999. I will look closely at reviews. But VERY SILLY not to have a DVI or HDMI input.
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#6
Soylent Joe
by: djisas
The 27 screen is good n all, but is a hd5750 going to power it??
For that screen to play nice, you would need at least an 5870 and at least an i7...
For 2k id buy an i7 + 6GB ram + 5870 and the rest of the hardware, and mb save some cash...
You wouldn't need an i7 or anything, but I don't think a 5750 is really going to cut the mustard at that resolution either. But it's pretty common knowledge that even though Steam is out for OSX now, Mac's are not for HD gaming. A 5750 will do wonderfully for pretty much everything else besides modern 3D gaming on there.

But remember, you can always run the games windowed at whatever resolution you like.
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#7
djisas
You have a point there, gaming on mac doesnt seem to promising, but as multimedia, it might do a fine job...

Still even if i could afford one, i rather build my own rig and make it look cooler...
The screen might be worth it thought...
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#8
HillBeast
What an absolute ripoff for that Mac Pro. They couldn't even do a 5870, only a 5770. Sure those are still good cards, but come on Apple, they are essencially the same as the 4870 you had in the previous generation Mac Pros. Those Mac Pros aren't looking quite so 'Pro' anymore, they more just seem like a bunch of lies.

EDIT: You can customise it to get a 5870, but who's betting my Sapphire Vapor-X costs less than adding a 5870 to a Mac Pro?
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#9
djisas
A pro should come with an heavy weight 5970 for some badass raw power and at that price it could have 12Gb of ram too...
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#10
Jizzler
The HD 5770 is the base option, Apple has 5870's available as well.
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#11
ZenZimZaliben
Apple will get no love at this forum. Most of us are about building our own systems. Apple can not compete against any of us on this forum, at all.

However they don't need or want to appeal to us.

For one we make up a fraction of the market place.
Another is there are plenty of logo driven elitist trendy hipsters that will willing pay for this. They will even Line up and camp in front of the store to be one of the first to own it. That is Apples market. (Not to say ALL apple consumers are this way... but...)

Also that screen is pretty bad ass.
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#12
buggalugs
hmmm the first IPS LED backlit screen on the market? Hopefully we will see some from other companies soon.
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#13
Steevo
They are only using HD5XXX series cards as the hardcore MAC users demanded DX11.
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#14
TheLostSwede
Remember that the iMac's uses Radeon Mobility cards and note desktop GPUs... so in other words, what you get is slower than the desktop counterparts.
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#15
TheGuruStud
by: ZenZimZaliben
Apple will get no love at this forum. Most of us are about building our own systems. Apple can not compete against any of us on this forum, at all.

However they don't need or want to appeal to us.

For one we make up a fraction of the market place.
Apple is a fraction of the market as far as I'm concerned. :)

I better get in some bona fide hating here: I had the displeasure of helping a friend with a macbook pro. Man, I thought windows UI was bad...
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#16
runevirage
LED IPS looks cool, too bad it will be ruined by Apple's mirror-like gloss.
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#17
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: TheLostSwede
Remember that the iMac's uses Radeon Mobility cards and note desktop GPUs... so in other words, what you get is slower than the desktop counterparts.
Nah, those are desktop GPUs on MXMs (just like Eurocom does it with their high end notebooks). If they used Mobility GPUs, they would mention it, because "Mobility" is as much part of the GPU's name as "Radeon". It's "Mobility Radeon".
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#18
jmcslob
I gotta admit, not bad..
Honestly they are very solid specs and they are Apple's?
hmmm..
I'm very confused...
Compared to other Brands with similar builds using Windows The prices aren't that bad
Still high IMO but not douche bag High
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#19
Wile E
Power User
by: djisas
The 27 screen is good n all, but is a hd5750 going to power it??
For that screen to play nice, you would need at least an 5870 and at least an i7...
For 2k id buy an i7 + 6GB ram + 5870 and the rest of the hardware, and mb save some cash...
People that buy iMacs specifically do not want a tower. You are comparing 2 different markets.

New lineup is looking pretty nice. I would like to replace my white 20" Intel iMac with one of these. Are the 21.5s IPS as well? And what socket cpu are these?

The top of the line 27" has the option for a 2.93Ghz i7 with HT.

EDIT: Yep, the 21.5 is also IPS.
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#20
djisas
by: Wile E
People that buy iMacs specifically do not want a tower. You are comparing 2 different markets.

New lineup is looking pretty nice. I would like to replace my white 20" Intel iMac with one of these. Are the 21.5s IPS as well? And what socket cpu are these?

The top of the line 27" has the option for a 2.93Ghz i7 with HT.

EDIT: Yep, the 21.5 is also IPS.
But isnt that a tower i see on the pics??
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#21
LAN_deRf_HA
I wonder what's bigger, apple's market share or the market share taken up by custom rigs.
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#22
Cheeseball
by: djisas
But isnt that a tower i see on the pics??
That's a Mac Pro, not an iMac.
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#23
Wile E
Power User
by: djisas
But isnt that a tower i see on the pics??
This is an iMac. It's the entire computer.

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#24
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
lol at all the mac haters trying to come up with a reason to hate this lineup. face it, you want one! :)
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#25
djisas
I'd sell it if someone offered me one and build myself a decent windows gaming rig...
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