The remaining iMacs feature the Radeon HD 2600 Pro with 256MB of GDDR3 video memory standard; the 24-inch models (2.8 and 3.06GHz) also are available with an optional nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS sporting a massive 512MB of video memory which is perfect for cutting-edge games with super intense graphics such as Battlefield 2142 and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars which push even the most powerful Macs to their very limits.
Of course, none of these GPUs can quite do what they would in a tower system with dual-link DVI display ports since the iMac still only offers up one, single-link Mini-DVI display connector.
Don’t get us wrong — the second display support is great, and most people don’t have displays with resolutions above 1920×1200 anyway — but would it really be so terribly hard to make room on the back of the iMac for a full-sized DVI port that would let these modern GPUs offer up a dual-link connection in the instances where that would be needed to get the full resolution of very large displays?
After all, wouldn’t Apple like to be able to sell its own Cinema HD 30-inch display, which requires Dual-Link DVI, to owners of these gorgeous and powerful new iMacs?!
It seems like a significant oversight and nobody at Infinite Loop or anywhere else for that matter seems to be able to come up with a good explanation as to why Apple hasn’t done this already.
That said, these new iMacs are very impressive little machines that sport not-so-little widescreen displays with a great spec sheet that has a whole lotta innovation inside of it.
It was only a few years ago that we were given the exclusive opportunity to sit down at one of the very first iMac G5s that sported the enclosure which has been at the heart of Apple’s 21st century product matrix. We knew at that moment that the iMac we had all been waiting for had arrived — and although it was under very strict embargo at the time, we also knew that the Intel transition was drawing closer by the day and that it would allow these enclosures to reach a whole new level of performance and energy efficiency….Apple and Intel have most definitely not disappointed us in that foresight and we have a lot of very thankful consulting clients that have benefitted immensely from this new era of compatibility and rapid innovation.
Not all that long ago, who would have thought that we would be riding the 45 Nanometer revolution right at the very crest of the wave with nobody in the Intel/x86 world ahead of us and all of the Mac’s greatest advantages not only intact but extended because of that rapid pace of innovation…..it’s a beautiful thing and there’s a lot more where this came from!
Stay tuned for lots more on the new iMacs, other upcoming product announcements from Apple, and all the latest dirt you won’t find anywhere else! The original Mac Rumors site is back and you’ll be amazed at just how much good stuff we have in store for the year ahead — we’ve got a good month of source report backlogs to work through and that should make for some very interesting posts over the days to come so check back often, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂
We’re back from an extended downtime and some folks will be understandably skeptical about any promised changes until they see results — so we’ll let the next few weeks speak for themselves as MacOSRumors takes things to a whole new level and gets back to its roots with some very exciting surprise guest writers & contributors who we will be talking more about very soon!