As usual, Bare Feats ran extensive performance tests on the new generation of iMacs recently launched by Apple and published a series of positive results on the company's hardware choices. Although features like the new Thunderbolt interface and the speed of the new Sandy Bridge chipsets are highlights, what really caught the attention in the analysis of the machines was the graphics performance of the new GPUs.
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It is worth mentioning that the computational performance of the basic models has come close to half of what is possible with a six-core Mac Pro, which is very good for a machine that costs 70% less. The exciting news is not only for professional users, but also for those interested in purchasing a Mac for entertainment and games.
To test the overall quality of games running on the new iMacs, one of the titles analyzed by Bare Feats was Portal 2, recently launched by Valve. It is an extremely demanding product, but even at maximum resolution, the least fast 27-inch iMacs was still able to run it at over 40 frames per second, while the fastest was behind Macs Pro for a while. difference of only 28%.
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When associated with other enhancements to other components, the graphic quality of the new iMacs makes them perfect for any type of use, from diverse to the most demanding applications for designers and audio and video professionals. The other tests of Bare Feats games for the graphic analysis of the machines also had simulations of Left 4 Dead, Borderlands, Starcraft and World of Warcraft all with satisfactory results.
(via 9 to 5 Mac)