Apple introduces new iMacs clocked at up to 3.06GHz(!)

Specs on the new iMacs include, as previously mentioned, Intel’s new “Penryn” Core 2 Duo processors with 45-nanometer technology (which means it’ll be far more energy efficient than previous 65nm based iMacs and run significantly cooler at comparable clock rates), 6MB on-chip Level 2 cache, 1066MHz Frontside Bus (FSB), and speeds of 2.4, 2.66, 2.8 or 3.06GHz are available.

Providing two display options and four different clock speeds will give Apple’s flagship Mac a huge range of price points and customization possibilities.

Along with a bump in preinstalled memory — 1GB for the entry-level 20in model and 2GB for all others — the type of RAM used has been bumped up to 800MHz DDR2 from 667MHz.

There are still only two RAM slots, however; so one will have to remove the existing paired RAM and install it in matched pairs (supporting up to 4GB with 2GB DDR2-800 SO-DIMMs) to upgrade the iMacs’s memory.

Despite that limitation, the upgrade process is quite easy — particularly compared to virtually any other computer that can remotely compare with the iMac’s compact and powerful design.

As for graphics acceleration, the new iMacs are bumped up considerably — most notably at the high end, but pretty much across the board except for the entry-level which retains a Radeon HD 2400XT GPU with 128MB of GDDR3 VRAM.

More details follow on the next page….

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  • jim

    you forgot to finish the sentence:

    , identical to the previous generation but according to some of our oldest and most reliable sources at the highest levels within Cupertino’s Mac Hardware engineering division,[ missing end of sentence here]

  • Lee Rand

    No blu-ray drive and, of course, made in China.

  • Phil

    “folks will be understandably skeptical about any promised changes until they see results”

    I’ll raise my hand high to that comment. This would be one time that I’d love to be proven wrong.

  • George Coulsting

    Does this mean that the displays have been improved since the almost unusable first generation “black on brushed aluminum” model?
    On these models images fade from top to bottom and there is no such thing as a viewing angle.