It took a little while, but finally the first 27 ? iMacs with Intel Core i7 processor quad-core Customized 3.4GHz with solid state drives are reaching consumers' hands. In Brazil, one of these with a 256GB SSD costs R $ 9,850. To double the RAM from 4GB to 8GB, it's just over R $ 700; if you want to double the graphics card memory, from 1GB to 2GB, add another R $ 350.
Last week, Macworld performed tests with this iMac and concluded that it is simply the fastest Mac ever created by Apple, surpassing in benchmarks even a custom Mac Pro with Intel Xeon processor ?Westeme? hexa-core 3.33GHz with 8GB of RAM.
According to the Speedmark 6.5, the new iMac is 13% faster than the Mac Pro:
It is worth noting, of course, that the Mac Pro is not far behind in all aspects, because it has more cores than the iMac. For this very reason, when using Hyper-Threading he ends up surpassing Ma's personal desktop, mainly in the execution of software such as Cinebench and Mathematica. And that iMac reign should be over soon.
To demonstrate how cool it is to use such a machine, the MacRumors brought an interesting video:
All apps that originally came with the iMac were opened simultaneously with the exception of Dashboard and Front Row, as they run in full screen. The iMac in question was customized with 16GB of RAM, but that shouldn't have made much of a difference in the test.
I currently have one of the latest 17 ? MacBooks Pro, customized with a 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, to be more precise and I know what to work with. Goodbye, hard drives!