Late 2013 iMac review: Faster than before, but the gains over previous models are modest

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Finder tests

Mac modelCopy 6GB FileCompress 12GB FolderDecompress 12GB Folder
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 102.7 437.5 125.0
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 96.8 414.0 116.9
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 147.3 417.7 173.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 138.1 300.2 124.4
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 23.5 324.8 39.1
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 3.7 241.3 33.6
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 2.6 280.3 123.6
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 3.0 280.4 84.3
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 3.0 288.0 143.0

*Customize to build model.

Results are times in seconds. Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iMovie 10.0.1 enhance/export

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 48.0
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 51.7
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 58.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 106.0
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 170.0
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 47.3
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 82.7
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 71.7
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 72.3

*Customize to build model.

Results are times in seconds. Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iPhoto 9.5.1 import

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 48.0
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 51.7
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 58.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 117.3
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 43.0
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 47.3
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 82.7
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 71.7
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 72.3

*Customize to build model.

Results are times in seconds. Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iTunes 11.1 AAC to MP3 encode

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 58.7
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 64.3
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 65.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 72.3
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 60.3
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 56.0
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 68.0
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 68.3
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 70.3

*Customize to build model.

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

HandBrake 0.9.5 encode

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 99.00
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 105.0
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 103.7
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 110.3
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 63.7
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 82.67
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 120.3
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 122.7
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 125.3

*Customize to build model.

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Photoshop CC action script

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 94.7
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 100.3
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 110.3
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 100.3
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 81.3
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 326
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 204
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 201
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 180

*Customize to build model.

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Aperture 3.5.1 import/process

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 81.3
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 82.7
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 91.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 96.7
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 72.0
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 70.7
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 96.3
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 92.0
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 102.3

*Customize to build model.

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 CPU

Mac modelResult (seconds)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 81.7
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 86.3
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 88.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 100.0
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 37.0
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 61.0
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 91.3
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 95.0
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 96.7

*Customize to build model.

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

MathematicaMark 9

Mac modelResult (score)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 3.13
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 3.08
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 3.04
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 3.24
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 8.13
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 3.72
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 2.65
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 3.01
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 2.98

*Customize to build model.

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Parallels 9-PCMark 8 Office

iMac modelResult (score)
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 2009
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 1959
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 1779
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 1589
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 3338
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 3512
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 1788
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 1850
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 1622

*Customize to build model.

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1280-by-720

Mac modelHeaven 1280x720Valley 1280x720
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 97.73 76.23
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 49.69 48.25
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 43.02 41.09
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 37.16 28.69
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 103.70 80.30
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 90.46 80.84
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 81.73 57.98
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 29.25 42.11
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 32.12 40.36

*Customize to build model.

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1920-by-1080

Mac modelHeaven 1920x1080Valley 1920x1080
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 29.02 30.02
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 11.11 13.32
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 10.57 12.40
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 7.17 5.23
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 31.50 31.70
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 24.62 26.98
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 16.23 25.01
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 3.04 4.98
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 3.12 5.84

*Customize to build model.

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 OpenGL

Mac modelResult (score)
Mac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 81.06
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 63.2
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 55.0
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013) 29.21
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)* 87.4
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)* 90.17
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 60.76
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 53.98
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012) 52.56

*Customize to build model.

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

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