Apple Updates iMacs

Penryn processors, half-decent graphics. Is the iMac coming of age?

It was always on the cards, but that doesn’t make the latest update to Apple’s iMac range any less appealing. In fact, customers holding back until now will be treated to the latest Penryn chips, and those with an eye on the top end 24in iMac will see a decent graphics upgrade – definitely of note when inside an Apple computer.

All of the iMac range sees a jump to the 1,066 FSB, 6MB L2 cache chips, offering 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz clock speeds on the 20in iMac while the 24in model sports either a 2.8GHz or a 3.06GHz CPU. The base spec machine comes with 1GB of DDR2, with the others offering 2GB as standard – all with the option to upgrade to 4GB.

Graphics-wise the bottom-end 20in iMac continues to use the lowly 128MB 2400XT, the upper-end 20in and low-end 24in both stick with 256MB 2600 PROs by standard, but the 24-incher now gets an nVidia 8800 GS as an upgrade option. And last but not least, the top-specced 24in model packs an 8800 GS as standard.

Price-wise there is no change from the previous run of iMacs at the bottom end, meaning they still start from £799 for the low-specced 20in iMac. The 3.06GHz, 8800 GS-sporting 24in model starts from a less budget-friendly £1,389, but the specs are impressive for an all-in-one system and if you need that power in that form factor there aren’t too many alternatives.

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