iMac review: Modest gains for the new entry-level Haswell iMac

Copy 6GB File
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 137.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 151.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 153.4
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 197.3
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 96.1

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

Compress 12GB Folder
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 313.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 331.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 297.9
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 229.3
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 295.7

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

Decompress 12GB Folder
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 126.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 147.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 143.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 199.1
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 102.8

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

Import iMovie Archive
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 65.9
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 70.6
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 68.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 69.7
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 54.8

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

iMovie Share to iTunes
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 67.57
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 58.2
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 61.6
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 49.6
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 51.3

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

HandBrake Encode
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 61.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 63.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 55.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 65.7
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 54.0

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

iPhoto Import
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 94.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 101.4
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 102.2
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 90.7
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 69.3

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

Aperture Import
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 69.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 76.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 75.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 70.5
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 52.6

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

Photoshop CS5 Action Script
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 93.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 100.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 94.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 136.3
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 90.9

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

iTunes AAC to MP3 Encode
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 93.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 99.7
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 94.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 97.0
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 91.1

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench CPU
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 83.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 97.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 85.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 102.0
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 83.0

Results are in seconds. Shorter/smaller results are better. Reference models in italics.

VMware-PCMark
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 4009.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 3775.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 3815.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 1496.0
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 4515.0

Results are scores. Longer/bigger results are better. Reference models in italics.

MathematicaMark 8
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 1.99
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 1.77
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 1.9
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 1.7
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 1.92

Results are scores. Longer/bigger results are better. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench OpenGL
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 52.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 35.6
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 39.8
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 44.7
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 40.1

Results are frames per second. Longer/bigger results are better. Reference models in italics.

Portal 2
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 121.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2012) 112.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 125.4
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Mid 2011) 119.2
  • 27" iMac/2.9GHz (Late 2012) 129.5

Results are frames per second. Longer/bigger results are better. Reference models in italics.

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