20-inch iMac Core Duo

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20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz

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20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz

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20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz

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Pros
  • Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs
  • Mini-DVI port with extended-desktop support
  • Large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications
  • Dual-core
  • Elegant, space-saving design
  • Includes iLife ‘06
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • Built-in iSight
  • 1GB of RAM standard
  • Nearly identical performance to 24-inch model
  • Larger and brighter display
  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Addition of FireWire 800 port
  • New keyboard
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Same price as previous 17-inch model
  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Considerable speed boost over previous analogous model
Cons
  • No support for Classic applications
  • Significant speed penalty for non-native software
  • Users can no longer do routine hardware repairs
  • No productivity software included
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • 3GB RAM limit
  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Viewing angle not as good as 24-inch model
  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Only 1GB of RAM
  • Viewing angle not as good as on the 24-inch model
At A Glance

The Intel-based Mac era begins with this 20-inch iMac, which runs on a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo chip. This new Mac features faster RAM than its G5-based predecessor, although maximum memory has dropped to 2GB from 2.5GB in the iMac G5. A mini-DVI port in the new iMac lets you use a second external monitor, and the graphics card has undergone a slight upgrade to the ATI Radeon X1600. (You can upgrade to 256MB of graphics memory for the 20-inch iMac.) Other than that, this latest iMac isn't that much different from the late 2005 models -- right down to the built-in iSight camera and pre-installed Front Row multimedia software.

Apple boosts the processor in its 20-inch iMac to 2.16GHz. And this isn't just a mere jump in clock speed -- the old Core Duo chip has been replaced with a next-generation Core 2 Duo that boosts the amount of shared L2 cache to 4MB. Other than the larger screen size, faster processor and bigger hard drive, the specs on this model match the 17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz. Build-to-order options include a 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo processor and a 500GB hard drive.

The most distinctive changes to the iMac line come on the outside -- the desktop now sports an aluminum enclosure that resembles what you might see from the Mac Pro or MacBook Pro. The 17-inch offerings are gone, replaced by a pair of 20-inch models and a 24-inch iMac, each with a glossy wide screen. Other changes are more modest -- the low-end iMac now runs on a 2GHz processor, instead of 1.83GHz. But all iMacs now feature a FireWire 800 port and can support up to 4GB of RAM.

Apple updated its all-in-one desktop line to include next-generation Core 2 Duo processors, which boost the amount of shared L2 cache to 6MB and the frontside bus to 1,066MHz. This entry-level iMac now runs at 2.4GHz -- otherwise, the installed memory, hard drive capacity, and optical drive specs remain unchanged from the previous model.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core Duo T2500 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 2000.0  MHz 2160.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 2400.0  MHz

Display

Included monitor No Yes Yes Yes
Display size 20.0  inches 20.0  inches 20.0  inches 20.0  inches
Display type LCD Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution 1680 x 1050  pixels 1680 x 1050  pixels 1680 x 1050  pixels 1680 x 1050  pixels

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 ATI Radeon X1600 ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT
Video Memory Type DDR3      

General Information

UPC Code 885909096121 885909117369 885909150328 885909203079

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR2

Other Features

Devices Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Built-In Webcam|Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Built-In Webcam|Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset   Intel 945PM Chipset    

Performance

Macworld Labs

iMovie 6.0.1

0:44      
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

1:11 1:01    
Unreal Tournament 2004

51.6fps 74.4fps 73.7fps 90.2fps
Photoshop CS2

2:31 1:55    
iTunes 6.0.3

1:25      
Speedmark 4.5 Score

214      
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM
iMovie 6.0.2

  0:52    
Cinema 4D XL 8.5

  94    
iTunes 6.0.4

  1:03    
Compressor

  2:37 2:17 1:56
iTunes 7.5

    1:09 0:58
Photoshop CS3

    1:03 0:54
iMovie HD 6

    0:56 0:49
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

    1:05 0:54
Speedmark 5 Score

    210 230