17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

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17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

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Pros
  • Good performance
  • Attractive price
  • 1GB of RAM standard
  • Similar feel to 20-inch model
  • Strong performance
  • 1GB of RAM standard
  • Similar feel to 20-inch model
  • Strong performance
  • Good performance
  • Attractive price
Cons
  • 2GB RAM limit
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • Missing some features of other models
  • 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
  • 2GB RAM limit
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • Missing some features of other models
At A Glance

Part of the iMac overhaul that added next-generation Core 2 Duo processors to the product line, this 17-inch configuration features a faster 2GHz chip than the 1.83GHz model; it also has more L2 cache as well as dedicated graphics. Instead of the Combo Drive you'll find in the 1.83GHz iMac, this 17-inch model comes with a DVD-burning SuperDrive. It also features built-in Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities in addition to the standard AirPort Extreme card. Finally, this model ships with 1GB of RAM installed; you can put as much as 3GB of memory in the system.

The iMac plunges below the $1,000 threshold with this model, whose specs bear a strong resemblance to the 1.83GHz iMac Core Duo that Apple sells to education institutions. The main difference: this iMac is powered by the next-generation of dual-core Intel chips, the Core 2 Duo. Otherwise, this 17-inch model has many of the same features, including integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics that share RAM with the main memory and no built-in support for Bluetooth. It's also worth noting that memory on this model tops out at 2GB, as opposed to 3GB on the other Core 2 Duo iMac configurations. Apple's remote is a build-to-order option for this iMac.

Specs

Processor

Processor type   Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile   Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
Processor speed   2000.0  MHz   1830.0  MHz

Display

Included monitor   Yes   Yes
Display size   17.0  inches   17.0  inches
Display type   Active Matrix LCD (TFT)   Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution   1440 x 900  pixels   1440 x 900  pixels

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset   ATI Radeon X1600   Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

General Information

UPC Code   885909117635   885909138913

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces   Bluetooth    

Memory

Memory type   DDR2   DDR2

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset   Intel 945PM Chipset    

Other Features

Devices   Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control   Keyboard|Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 6.0.4

  1:03   1:10
Speedmark 4.5 Score

  232   202
Tested Configuration

  Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM   Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2

  2:04   2:17
iMovie 6.0.2

  0:57   1:02
Compressor

  2:50   3:07
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

  1:06   1:13
Unreal Tournament 2004

  65.5fps   21.7fps