At $2699, it might be expensive, but the 27-inch iMac we customized with a 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core processor and a 256GB SSD is the fastest Mac we’ve tested to date.
In our ongoing effort to provide benchmark data to help you choose the right iMac, we now present test results from a 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Core i5 iMac with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). You can use these results to compare with the standard-configuration iMacs and two build-to-order (BTO) models with Core i7 processors.
The SNIA has developed a specification that allows users to test solid-state drives from any vendor for their performance.
When Apple released new iMacs in early May, the company also made available new build-to-order options in addition to the standard-configuration models. Macworld Lab tested two iMacs with BTO processor upgrades that offer faster speeds and more processing power, and the result show that the additional cost for the upgrades are worth it -- if you run software that takes advantage of the technology.
Macworld Lab has tested the rest of the new iMacs released this week, with the latest models demonstrating a significant boost over the desktops they replace. But not much differentiates the performance of the four new iMacs among each other.
Macworld Lab has all four standard configuration models, and the results for the $1999 27-inch iMac are in. The results do not disappoint, with the new iMac besting the previous generation of iMacs, including a couple of build-to-order (BTO) configurations.
Macworld Lab stumbled across a problem introduced by an OS X update on the mid-2010 MacBook Airs. While it may be a minor issue affecting a small number of users, we decided to share our findings.
In our battery tests, the iPad 2 showed a slight improvement over the battery life of the original iPad. And the mobile version of GarageBand runs faster on the new tablet as well.
It’s been nearly a year since Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro line. That’s a longer-than-usual gap between updates, but the new MacBook Pros sport several changes under the hood, including new processors, new graphics processors, and a new peripheral connector. It all translates into performance jumps worth the wait.
Macworld Lab has all five standard configurations of the new 2011 MacBook Pro, and the benchmark results are in -- and they’re impressive, with Speedmark scores between 13 and 53 percent faster than the systems they replace. Lab Director James Galbraith has the details.