Pros

  • Strong application performance
  • Bright 24-inch display
  • FireWire 800 port for fast peripheral connection
  • Impressive graphics system

Cons

  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • 3GB RAM limit

At A Glance

Some of the gap between the Mac Pro and iMac lines closes with this model, which comes equipped not only with a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo chip (upgradeable to 2.33GHz as a build-to-order option) but a FireWire 800 port in addition to a FireWire 400. (Other Core 2 Duo iMacs feature two FireWire 400 ports.) The resolution on this iMac's 24-inch display is the same as what you'd get with a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display. With the exception of the Nvidia GeForce 7300GT graphics card, other specs match the 20-inch 2.16GHz iMac.

Manufacturer’s Description

The 24-inch iMac provides professional performance along with the convenience of an all-in-one design. Like its 17-inch and 20-inch siblings, it features the 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor with speeds ranging from 1.83GHz to 2.33GHz. The processor delivers up to 50% more performance than the previous 20-inch iMac. It also doubles the amount of L2 cache, the twin cores sharing 4MB between them. The result? Performance, making it easier - and more fun - than ever to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
Processor speed 2160.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor Yes
Display size 24.0 inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
General Information
UPC Code 885909106707
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel 945PM Chipset
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs
Speedmark 4.5 Score 245
iTunes 6.04 1:06
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2 1:55
iMovie 6.0.2 0:51
Compressor 2:25
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 1:01
Unreal Tournament 2004 79.3fps