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21.5- and 27-inch iMacs (Mid 2011)

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:46 AM

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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:56 AM

Sometimes it's so difficult to get basic information from Macworld online...simple question: HOW MANY MICE, then?
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:06 AM

Nice !!

...So all the New iMacs do, in fact, support SATA-3.

It's just that Apple builds these particular units with SATA-2 drives, correct?
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:07 AM

Can you test other games on Windoze? Can you test more graphically intensive games? What quality levels were the games at?
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:09 AM

I'm confused by the hyperthreading claim. Following the provided link to the Intel site shows both the mobile and desktop core i5 as hyperthreading.
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:13 AM

View Postbrlawyer, on 10 May 2011 - 10:56 AM, said:

Sometimes it's so difficult to get basic information from Macworld online...simple question: HOW MANY MICE, then?

We're experiencing a problem with our site and the ratings. We're working on it now. Each iMac model received 4 mice.
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:20 AM

View PostBuffyzdead, on 10 May 2011 - 11:06 AM, said:

Nice !!

...So all the New iMacs do, in fact, support SATA-3.

It's just that Apple builds these particular units with SATA-2 drives, correct?


Correct.

Apple released a firmware update after the new iMac was released. Though this Apple knowledgebase article doesn't state it, we've confirmed that the update does enable SATS-3 support: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1380
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:21 AM

Heads up, Copy Editor:

"it’s overall performance isn’t that much slower . . ."
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:33 AM

Can't wait to see Speedmark numbers for the 27" i7.
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:20 PM

View Postbrlawyer, on 10 May 2011 - 10:56 AM, said:

Sometimes it's so difficult to get basic information from Macworld online...simple question: HOW MANY MICE, then?

But did any Mice get 4 Macs? ;-)
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:42 PM

I ran the Geekbench on my old iMac and that came in at 2200 compared to almost 7000 for the new 2.5GHz i5 21 inch. For $1149 educational + $180 memory upgrade, and $120 Applecare, I'd call it a good upgrade.
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:45 PM

Is the 2.8GHz i7 processor worth buying for an additional speed boost overall, or does it only affect applications that can take full advantage of its power? I am debating between the 2.7 and 2.8GHz processors before buying one of the 21.5-inch iMacs, and I want to save some money if the better processor is not all that much better.
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  Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:46 PM

I was a bit confused by the no anti glare screen option in the negatives. Are there any machines in this category with an antiglare option?

Can you really tell the difference between 50 and 60 frames per second? I assume that for the average user running Internet and some iPhoto/iMovie, this will not make much (if any difference) .
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:48 PM

View PostPowerPC, on 10 May 2011 - 12:45 PM, said:

Is the 2.8GHz i7 processor worth buying for an additional speed boost overall, or does it only affect applications that can take full advantage of its power? I am debating between the 2.7 and 2.8GHz processors before buying one of the 21.5-inch iMacs, and I want to save some money if the better processor is not all that much better.


This might help:

http://www.primatela...marks-mid-2011/
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