iMac with Retina 5K display review: New $1999 model almost as good as its predecessor

Balked at the first Retina 5K iMac because of its price tag? Now there's a model that could be within reach.

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64-bit Multi-Core Geekbench 3 results: $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display (Mid 2015)

$1999 Retina 5K iMac: Geekbench 64-bit multi core

Longer bars are better. Current Apple desktop models in blue. Older models in red.
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64-bit Single-Core Geekbench 3 results: $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display (Mid 2015)

$1999 Retina 5K iMac: Geekbench 64-bit single core

Longer bars are better. Current Apple desktop models in blue. Older models in red.
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32-bit Multi-Core Geekbench 3 results: $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display (Mid 2015)

$1999 Retina 5K iMac: Geekbench 32-bit multi core

Longer bars are better. Current Apple desktop models in blue. Older models in red.
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32-bit Single-Core Geekbench 3 results: $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display (Mid 2015)

$1999 Retina 5K iMac: Geekbench 32-bit single core

Longer bars are better. Current Apple desktop models in blue. Older models in red.
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Cinebench R15 CPU results: $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display (Mid 2015)

$1999 Retina 5K iMac: Cinebench CPU

Longer bars are better. Current Apple desktop models in blue. Older models in red.
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Cinebench R15 OpenGL results: $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display (Mid 2015)

$1999 Retina 5K iMac: Cinebench OpenGL

<p>Longer bars are better. Current Apple desktop models in blue. Older models in red.
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At a Glance
  • The $1999 iMac with Retina 5K display is just about as good as its more expensive predecessor. The display dazzles, and the performance will be appreciated by everyday users.

    Pros

    • Gorgeous display
    • Very good performance overall

    Cons

    • Hard drive will affect performance on disk-intensive tasks
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