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This round of Mac mini updates offers comparatively minor improvements from the models introduced in the spring of 2009. The processors are faster, the hard drives are bigger, and the included Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics now take advantage of 256MB of shared memory.
Macworld Lab has the Mac minis, and we put them through our benchmark tests. Our result show that the new Mac minis are impressively faster than the models they replace.
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Macworld Lab tested a couple of different Mac Pro configure-to-order systems and the results include our first Speedmark 5 score to top 400.
With its improved graphics, memory bandwidth, and reduced memory latency, the 2.66GHz quad-core Mac Pro was faster than the 2.8GHz eight-core Mac Pro, and at $2,499 costs $300 less. It would be a fine purchase for anyone replacing an older Mac or buying a new one for the first time.
The first update to Apple's high-end desktop in more than a year features a new system architecture along with Nehalem versions of Intel's Xeon processors. Nehalem is the code-name Intel has given a new micro-processor architecture that features on-chip power management and a memory controller that's integrated on the processor for faster access to data stored in memory. This particular model also features a $300 reduction on its price tag from the previous entry-level Mac Pro.
The first update to Apple's high-end desktop in more than a year features a new system architecture along with Nehalem versions of Intel's Xeon processors. Nehalem is the code-name Intel has given a new micro-processor architecture that features on-chip power management and a memory controller that's integrated on the processor for faster access to data stored in memory. This system features a pair of quad-core 2.26GHz processors, though upgrade options abound.
The iMac continues to be a desktop Mac that’s powerful enough to please both general consumers and professionals. Which one you prefer depends on how much screen real estate, graphics, and gaming power you need.
We have benchmark results on the four new iMacs. The speed improvements over the iMacs released in April 2008 are significant, and there are also some interesting performance observations between the new iMac models.
In this third-generation of aluminum iMac models, the lone 20-inch model features a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo chip, a maximum of 8GB of memory (it ships with 2GB), a 320GB hard drive and integrated Nvidia graphics that share memory with the system RAM.
This model's 2.93GHz processor puts in the middle of the three 24-inch configurations. It also features discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory to better graphic-intensive apps.
The top-of-the-line iMac introduced by Apple in March 2009 features a 3.06GHz processor, 1TB of storage, and discreet Nvidia graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory.
One of three 24-inch iMacs, this model ships with the same 2.66GHz processor in the 20-inch configuration. However, this iMac has twice the memory and double the hard drive of that 20-inch model for just $300 more.
The new Mac mini models provide the most significant upgrades to the line yet, offering slightly better CPU performance, considerably improved video capabilities, increased expandability, and better wireless technology. The result is that for the first time, the Mac mini is a computer that’s truly capable of handling the iLife suite.