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post #81 of 266
Seems like a fair update, and Apple finally dumped integrated graphics, and Nvidia at that.

There's no point about arguing about USB 3/eSATA/BR, as Apple will never offer those with current implementations. If you want all that, it's easy enough to do with a PC.
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That is new, these are the first iMac with SSD option. Prior to today, only the MBP and Xserve had SSD.

I think that the MBA had the SSD option first.
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post #83 of 266
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Originally Posted by shubidua View Post

Just wondering if it is worth to spend £200+ for 500GB, a slightly better graphics card and eventually an upgrade to the core i5.

Eventually? Either you get the i3 or you get the i5.
If you "eventually" want the i5, you will purchase a new computer.
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This rumor can't be true. The same MacBook hardware booting to Windows supports TRIM. Driver and filesystem needs a bit of work.

-Chris

Chris, I hope that you are correct. I run VM Fusion and Windows XP--which doesn't support TRIM as far as I know, but with the recent decision by MS regarding XP, maybe they might support TRIM in XP.
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post #86 of 266
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I tried that with the original i7 iMac and ended up buying another PC tower 6 months later. I found that trying to turn an iMac in to a gaming machine just got me a noisy Mac and mediocre gaming performance. Separate boxes is the go.

Not really for me. I'm no longer a high-end gamer, but I can run some pretty sweet stuff on my '08 Mac Pro like Dragon Age Origins. I went the single quad core route with the 8800 GT video option and upped it to 6GB of RAM. I have a single box that almost 2.5 years later runs fantastic. I haven't run anything on it yet that I've needed to turn down setting on to get smooth video performance.

Someday soon I'll update the Windows partition to Win 7. My XP partition current runs like the 2.5 year old Windows install that it is. I've never had much luck with Windows performing well for much more than 6 months or so before needing a clean wipe and re-install. I'm sure if I install Win 7 and throw whatever the latest graphics crushing title is at it I'll see some performance issues, but short of that I think I'm in pretty good shape.
post #87 of 266
As the title says, 11 days ago (unaware of the refresh) I purchased the low end previous generation iMac (3.06gHz core 2 duo, 4gb ram, geforce 9400). It appears to me that apple charges a 10% restocking fee if a computer is returned within 14 days of the purchase date (please let me know if this is incorrect). Is it worth my money to return the previous generation in order to get the refreshed intel i3 generation? Aside from the processor upgrade and the graphical update, it seems like an irrelevant refresh.

Any opinions on this please?
post #88 of 266
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No USB 3.0

Blame Intel.

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post #89 of 266
What a beautiful machine. Still have the original intel white 20" iMac....planning to go mobile with an iPad, iPhone 4 and an iPad 3Gs.

But if business was good, I would pick one of these up in heart beat. Do see the rational of waiting for USB 3.0 though.

Quick question: My daughter just got a MacBookPro but is still using an old non 'n' airport express.

If I get her a new Express, would she see a noticeable difference in speed when online?

Thanks guys.

Best
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post #91 of 266
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Originally Posted by John.B View Post

Blame Intel.

Would Firewire 1600 and 3200 be supported by the new Intel chips?
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post #92 of 266
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Originally Posted by Gypsyguy View Post

That is funny, I could not find it on Apple's website or Intel's website. Turbo Boost is offered only for i5 and i7

Read here.

http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html
post #93 of 266
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Originally Posted by svnipp View Post

I keep seeing this kind of argument and it never quite makes sense to me. The Mac product line continues to outsell itself quarter by quarter, so why wouldn't this continue to be a focus for Apple? I'm going out on a limb here, but I would guess that Apple has different development teams for Mac, iPad, iPod, etc. In fact, I would even guess that there is further differentiation at Apple in that there are most likely specific design teams for the MacBook, one for the iMac, another for the Mac Pro, etc.

The Mac product line seems to be a cash cow for Apple. Why would Apple ever as a company decide to simply neglect this revenue stream? Are they simply starstruck with their own ingenuity over the iPad and iPhone? Do they really believe that the desktop computer is going the way of the dodo? Even if this were true, doesn't it make more sense for them to ride this cash cow all the way into the sunset rather than abandoning it before it's time? Especially with ever increasing sales?

My guess is that once you start seeing USB 3.0 devices at BestBuy and WalMart you'll also see it in Macs. In fact, I'm pretty confident that you'll see it in Macs well before you can go into BestBuy and have anything other than one or two out of stock USB 3.0 drives. It's nice to have all the latest bells and whistles, but there is a point at which it simply doesn't make sense to throw in the bleeding edge just to say it's there.

No one says they're completely ignoring it, nor are they abandoning it. The fact is that the iPhone is a halo product which gathers most of the press and public hype. The Mac does not.

Apple once pushed technology in its Mac lineup. Now because there isn't a plethora of USB 3.0 devices is a reason not to equip them with it? There are plenty of devices already out there, and most motherboard manufacturers have already included the technology quite some time ago on their products. Laptops are slowly becoming more available with USB 3.0 as well.

USB and PCI gained a foothold in the computer industry because the Mac lineup switched to those technologies way back when. Let's not forget other technologies like 64 bit OS, SSD... The Mac, as the high-end platform it is, has traditionally been rather avant garde in respect to technology. Now, it seems like it just flounders as of lately.

I have no doubt that they have dedicated core development teams for each product, but I'm sure they also move around quite a bit of resources for development of different products. I seriously doubt that everyone that works on the iPhone and Mac works solely on the iPhone and Mac, respectively.
post #94 of 266
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Originally Posted by Wiggin View Post

And what, exactly, are you going to connect to eSATA? Is it faster than FW800? Sure. But other than a fast RAID, which is still fairly uncommon for consumers to own, what peripheral are you going to connect that will take advantage of eSATA's speed? You might get a slight benefit if you have a very fast single external drive, but not enough to justify adding that new port.

I asked for Firewire 1600, 3200 and USB 3.0 not eSATA. And of course having a faster connection helps backing up huge data, which is my problem.
post #95 of 266
I have been holding back on a Mac desktop hoping for a Blu-ray drive some day soon.
I am really disappointed to have to wait longer.
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Originally Posted by John.B View Post

I guess I'm surprised this didn't come with an HDMI out in addition to the mini-DP video/audio output.

Since that's the case I wish Apple would, once and for all, sell a mini-DP -> HDMI cable (not an adapter or dongle) that supports audio.

No matter, there is definitely a quad-core 27" iMac in my immediate future.

Monoprice sells some cables that are MiniDP to HDMI, but they don't support audio. Does anyone sell those cables?


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The 5670 is a little better (at least it's current gen) but it's still from the bargain bucket. Even the Mac Pro only has a 5770, which would lose in almost any (DX10/DX9) benchmark against my 2 year old 4890.

Actually the 5670 is equal to the 4890, plus it's a DX11 part. I do agree that gaming should be more important to them with Steam on the platform now.


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Originally Posted by ascii View Post

I am wondering if the i3 and i5 chips have integrated graphics that is being ignored by the OS, or if they are somehow variants without an IGP.

They are the desktop versions. Only the mobile iX series has IGPs built in.
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Originally Posted by John.B View Post

Blame Intel.

Why blame Intel? They couldn't use Via or or NEC controllers to implement it? Motherboards from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and others have had USB 3.0 on them for awhile now.
post #98 of 266
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Originally Posted by slaqr View Post

As the title says, 11 days ago (unaware of the refresh) I purchased the low end previous generation iMac (3.06gHz core 2 duo, 4gb ram, geforce 9400). It appears to me that apple charges a 10% restocking fee if a computer is returned within 14 days of the purchase date (please let me know if this is incorrect). Is it worth my money to return the previous generation in order to get the refreshed intel i3 generation? Aside from the processor upgrade and the graphical update, it seems like an irrelevant refresh.

Any opinions on this please?

I would return it and get the new one. If you find yourself locked out of some particular software feature in the future because of some obscure capability that was introduced with this current generation then you'll be kicking yourself.
post #99 of 266
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Originally Posted by Kishan View Post

I would say that paying for 1080p video on 27 inches and paying for high-bitrate, multi channel audio through stereo computer speakers, is throwing your money away. If you want home theater experience, invest the money into a home theater. Otherwise, accept the fact that computers are to HD video as Kia's are to motoring!

I don't understand your point. Do you mean that these compressed crap on iTunes stores are a waste of money ? Then we agree. I don't think Apple should sell them for 20 bucks when one could buy a Bu-ray movie well below 15 bucks these days. However, Apple is playing smart here by depriving users like me the opportunity to buy and play Blu-ray content on my MB and instead forcing me to buy that compressed crap on iTunes store. Of course I can play Blu-ray on my home theater and enjoy it, but if I can also play it on my Mac, it would a great utility. Besides I don't agree with your point that Apple cinema display and iMac are not good for playing Blu-ray. They are good enough and they should be complimented with the ability to play Blu-ray.
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For all the people disappointed with the lack of eSATA, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, etc., please let Apple actually know!

http://www.apple.com/feedback/
post #101 of 266
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Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post

No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

Wow, that's absolutely laughable, especially at the price. Well at least I don't to find the money for a new PC for another 6 months at least, or I'll just go back to Dell.

If you only care about specs Dell is always the way to go. This is a fine engneered computer.
post #102 of 266
These are nice updates. Sad not to see bluray as Steve'o wants to steer everyone to downloads. eSATA would be nice too as others mentioned. I'm surprised Apple isn't leading on USB3.0 but I would suspect they are trying to keep margins as high as possbile until USB3.0 becomes cheaper. That or they have too much supply of USB2.0 components. Or simply, OSX does not support USB 3.0 yet.
post #103 of 266
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Originally Posted by slaqr View Post

As the title says, 11 days ago (unaware of the refresh) I purchased the low end previous generation iMac (3.06gHz core 2 duo, 4gb ram, geforce 9400). It appears to me that apple charges a 10% restocking fee if a computer is returned within 14 days of the purchase date (please let me know if this is incorrect). Is it worth my money to return the previous generation in order to get the refreshed intel i3 generation? Aside from the processor upgrade and the graphical update, it seems like an irrelevant refresh.

Any opinions on this please?

Personally, I would take it back in and see if they will waive the restocking fee due to the new product release. If they don't waive the restocking fee, I'd probably still pay the penalty. Bear in mind that the processor upgrade also provides a pretty substantial memory performance upgrade not just in faster memory, but the integrated memory controller on the i3 gives you yet another memory performance boost. I think it would be worth the $110 or so that it would cost you.
post #104 of 266
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Originally Posted by AsLan^ View Post

I would return it and get the new one. If you find yourself locked out of some particular software feature in the future because of some obscure capability that was introduced with this current generation then you'll be kicking yourself.

I agree, even if you have to pay for restocking, getting a newer faster machine is better in the long run.
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post #105 of 266
No it doesn't have USB 3, Firewire 3200, or Unicorn power. This is the iMac folks. The CONSUMER Mac.

The Mac Pros would get those features first. (which would be at MacWorld 2011 at the soonest)

But this is a solid upgrade from the previous model. The quad i5 is now up to twice as fast for my 3D rendering because it now has hyperthreading. For the same price as yesterday's quad i5.
post #106 of 266
Yep, as far a Blu-ray...I for one don't want anymore physical media. I would like an option on the iMacs and MacBooks 'not' to have a superdrive! I never use them.

Best.
post #107 of 266
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Originally Posted by CRT View Post

For all the people disappointed with the lack of eSATA, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, etc., please let Apple actually know!

http://www.apple.com/feedback/

Good idea. I did just that and told them that until they offer non-glossy screens they can stuff it.
post #108 of 266
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Originally Posted by slaqr View Post

As the title says, 11 days ago (unaware of the refresh) I purchased the low end previous generation iMac (3.06gHz core 2 duo, 4gb ram, geforce 9400). It appears to me that apple charges a 10% restocking fee if a computer is returned within 14 days of the purchase date (please let me know if this is incorrect). Is it worth my money to return the previous generation in order to get the refreshed intel i3 generation? Aside from the processor upgrade and the graphical update, it seems like an irrelevant refresh.

Any opinions on this please?

Ouch - that hurts. Let me comfort you by saying that every time I buy a new Mac it seems to be outdated and obsolete within a couple of months. In your case, though, Id check it out and return if the cost is acceptable.

But having said that - every time I buy a computer I pour over the specs, by my own Ram etc etc. The net result is always that the money I save I could have doubled by not obsessing and doing 'real' work instead. And the other more important thing is that I usually end up buying the lower spec'ed machine but when I turn it on I am happy as hell and it seems to be plenty fast. My alu MacBook (not pro) is 'old' now but it is still sweet and happy and zipping along.

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Quick question: My daughter just got a MacBookPro but is still using an old non 'n' airport express.

If I get her a new Express, would she see a noticeable difference in speed when online?

The speed of the airport express is better than she'll ever get on the web anyway so it shouldn't make much of a difference. I am not sure if there is 'lag' involved with either g or n protocols / hardware. The advantage of n over g as far as I understand is just for networking activities (within you home)
post #109 of 266
Sad to see the almost certain death of matte, I really hate to whine, but...in any case let's see if these have better anti reflective coatings, though I very much doubt it, sad ro see such beautiful machines which to many of us are a glare hell.
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Originally Posted by pondosinatra View Post

Good idea. I did just that and told them that until they offer non-glossy screens they can stuff it.

I'll bet their day is now ruined!
post #111 of 266
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Originally Posted by Unicron View Post

No it doesn't have USB 3, Firewire 3200, or Unicorn power. This is the iMac folks. The CONSUMER Mac.

The Mac Pros would get those features first. (which would be at MacWorld 2011 at the soonest)

But this is a solid upgrade from the previous model. The quad i5 is now up to twice as fast for my 3D rendering because it now has hyperthreading. For the same price as yesterday's quad i5.

Agreed and disagree. While the lower to mid range iMacs are considered "consumer Macs" IMO the higher end iMacs are a bridge for those who are power users who don't want to go to the Mac Pro.
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post #112 of 266
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Originally Posted by paxman View Post

The speed of the airport express is better than she'll ever get on the web anyway so it shouldn't make much of a difference. I am not sure if there is 'lag' involved with either g or n protocols / hardware. The advantage of n over g as far as I understand is just for networking activities (within you home)

Thanks Paxman....Good to know!
post #113 of 266
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Originally Posted by Programmer View Post

It seems pretty clear that they went 5750 to save nearly 20W in the thermal profile. It's a decent step up from the previous iMac and you are never going to see the highest end gpu or CPU in an iMac or a laptop. The 5750 delivers 90% of 5770's performance at <85% of it's power profile and is a good tradeoff..

Well given that the 5770 is a rather low end part, especially for the 27" iMacs resolution, I wouldn't call it a good trade off.

The 5750 has less memory bandwidth than the 4850. With the same amount of memory, they will go back in forth on which is better in benchmarks. I would hardly call it a true upgrade to the 4850. More like a replacement that uses less power.

The real problem in the iMac is a design that forces Apple to use underpowered hardware given the native resolution of the iMac's display. Of course, nobody was expecting a redesign of the iMac at this time and even if they did make a change it would probably be just to make it .125 of an inch thinner.

Of course the real let down in the iMac line is no USB 3.0. As another person mentioned, the iMac at one time was know for having class leading hardware. This refresh could have been announced 4 months ago.

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post #114 of 266
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Originally Posted by Gypsyguy View Post

That is funny, I could not find it on Apple's website or Intel's website. Turbo Boost is offered only for i5 and i7

You didn't look very well. it's clearly stated on Apple's website. http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html

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Originally Posted by slaqr View Post

Aside from the processor upgrade and the graphical update, it seems like an irrelevant refresh.

That GPU update will be a huge difference. I would take it back personally.
post #115 of 266
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Originally Posted by slaqr View Post

As the title says, 11 days ago (unaware of the refresh) I purchased the low end previous generation iMac (3.06gHz core 2 duo, 4gb ram, geforce 9400). It appears to me that apple charges a 10% restocking fee if a computer is returned within 14 days of the purchase date (please let me know if this is incorrect). Is it worth my money to return the previous generation in order to get the refreshed intel i3 generation?

It's worth it to get a new one and NOT pay the 10% restocking.
You should contact Apple and explain you wqould have waited had you known the new one was coming out and that they should waive the 10% restocking fee (which can easlily be done by the local manager or at the online store).
You need to call or go to the store where you purchased it, ASAP.

If you have been an Apple customer with previous computer purchases, point that out. Be polite but firm that you would like this new computer but don't want to pay 10% for the privilege.
post #116 of 266
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Originally Posted by Gypsyguy View Post

That is funny, I could not find it on Apple's website or Intel's website. Turbo Boost is offered only for i5 and i7

"21.5-inch models, one of the following:
3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading
3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost"
post #117 of 266
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Originally Posted by zinfella View Post

I'll bet their day is now ruined!

It's not about ruining Apples day, it's about leaving feedback. If you want something you should let Apple know, and while you may not care about their potential lost profits I'm sure they do. If apple receives enough complaints they will eventually take notice.
post #118 of 266
£999.99GBP for the base model in Britain...

Exchange rate for that amount would get me in excess of $1500US

Even with VAT added, it's not even close - another Apple European rip off.

I wonder if they have the gall to put prices up when VAT goes up to 20% in January. Why am I even speculating of course they will - getting really tired of European customers subsidising cheaper US prices.

I'm sure the last time I was outraged at some exorbitant Euro/US price difference there was a whiff of something official statement claiming that there's extra costs associated with infrastructure or some such. Such as what? US computer company, made in China - I'm sure they're just as costly to get to any part of the globe and in any case suck it up - you're a global business.

rant ends, sorry.
post #119 of 266
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Originally Posted by johnmcboston View Post

Surprised at no USB3 as well. Given USB and FW, what would eSATA get you?

External drive connection faster than USB2 and FW800.

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Why would I need USB 3 and eSATA exactly? What might I be hooking up to this that would benefit from those interfaces (that Firewire 800 and USB 2 don't already deliver)? It's an honest question. Are those "omissions" a big deal?

USB2 and FW800 aren't fast enough to keep up with the faster hard drives that are shipping these days (even more so with SSD). esata (and the newer USB and FW speeds) gives you a connection to the hard drive that's just as fast as having an internal drive.

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And what, exactly, are you going to connect to eSATA? Is it faster than FW800? Sure. But other than a fast RAID, which is still fairly uncommon for consumers to own, what peripheral are you going to connect that will take advantage of eSATA's speed? You might get a slight benefit if you have a very fast single external drive, but not enough to justify adding that new port.

Very fast single external drive. Additional benefit if it had multiple discrete esata busses. And I disagree that the benefit isn't worth it, it's an easy port to support considering they already have the internal sata.
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Originally Posted by christopher126 View Post

What a beautiful machine. Still have the original intel white 20" iMac....planning to go mobile with an iPad, iPhone 4 and an iPad 3Gs.

But if business was good, I would pick one of these up in heart beat. Do see the rational of waiting for USB 3.0 though.

Quick question: My daughter just got a MacBookPro but is still using an old non 'n' airport express.

If I get her a new Express, would she see a noticeable difference in speed when online?

Thanks guys.

Best

Yes she would see a difference.
I would not go back to g.
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