Posted by: macintoshsisters | November 24, 2006

Apple 24-inch iMac Big screen…

Apple’s 24-inch iMac Big screen, bright picture, and power make for quality system
By Stephen Schleicher

It is certainly nice to have a powerful computer that has a small footprint to fit in nearly any space. The problem with anything other than a laptop is you have all those cables and connectors that lead from the CPU to the monitor, speakers, and so on. If you have space in a home office or dorm room for a 24” display, then you have room for the entire iMac system.

For this review, Apple sent me its 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with 4 MB of L2 Cache and a 500GB hard drive. The base system comes with 1GB of RAM, but this can be upgraded all the way up to 3GB of RAM, which was included in this unit. With an optimum resolution of 1920 x 1200, the iMac was powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT with 256MB of video RAM. This isn’t the base system Apple sells, and with the upgrades the system has a retail price of $3402, which is comparable to PC based system similarly configured.

Without getting too geeky, the iMac seems to fill a nice hole between a MacBook Pro and the monster Mac Pro system. Using the Geekbench benchmark test, the iMac scored 220.2, 28 points better than the MacBook Pro (192.3), and 64 points better than my old G5 system (156.2). According to the posted benchmarks at Geekpatrol.ca, the Mac Pro naturally trounced the iMac by 163 points.

Full article at CreativeMac

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