24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz

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20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz

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24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8GHz

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24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz

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Price Best Price: $1,360.00
Pros
  • Strong application performance
  • Bright 24-inch display
  • FireWire 800 port for fast peripheral connection
  • Impressive graphics system
  • 1GB of RAM standard
  • Nearly identical performance to 24-inch model
  • Larger and brighter display
  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • Good video frame-rate performance
  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • New keyboard
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Big, beautiful screen
Cons
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • 3GB RAM limit
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • 3GB RAM limit
  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
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.

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.

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. The top-of-the-line iMac sees its processor boosted to 2.8GHz and its shipping memory upped to 2GB. Build-to-order options include a 3.06GHz processor and the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS graphics card with 512MB of video RAM.

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 -- processor speeds now top out at 2.4GHz, instead of 2.16GHz. But all iMacs now feature a FireWire 800 port and can support up to 4GB of RAM.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo T7700
Processor speed 2160.0  MHz 2160.0  MHz 2800.0  MHz 2400.0  MHz

Display

Included monitor Yes Yes Yes No
Display size 24.0  inches 20.0  inches 24.0  inches 24.0  inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT) LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1200  pixels 1680 x 1050  pixels 1900 x 1200  pixels 1920 x 1200  pixels

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT ATI Radeon X1600 ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro Mobility Radeon HD2600 XT

General Information

UPC Code 885909106707 885909117369 885909203093 885909150311

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR2

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset Intel 945PM Chipset Intel 945PM Chipset    

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

Performance

Macworld Labs

Speedmark 4.5 Score

245      
iTunes 6.04

1:06      
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2

1:55 1:55    
iMovie 6.0.2

0:51 0:52    
Compressor

2:25 2:37 1:31 1:57
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

1:01 1:01    
Unreal Tournament 2004

79.3fps 74.4fps 114.5fps 88.6fps
iTunes 6.0.4

  1:03    
Cinema 4D XL 8.5

  94 141  
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

    0:45 0:54
Photoshop CS3

    0:48 0:55
iMovie HD 6

    0:40 0:47
iTunes 7.5

    0:53 0:59
Speedmark 5 Score

      245