Originally Posted by Outsider
Plus the current iMac's 2600 Pro and 8800 GS graphics chips have a tdp of 45w and 105w respectively. If they go with the mobile versions of the 9600M and 9800M then they can make a cooler design.
Sorry to revive this thread, but I had to address this point. The 8800 GS GPU in the iMac is not a real 8800 GS (the 8800 GS has only 384MB of RAM), its a rebranded 8800M GTS GPU with a TDP of 35W. According to this
Also the power supply of the 20" iMac is only 200W (280W for the 24" iMac) so unless Apple wants to change this, they have to work within a defined power envelop and that probably means still using mobile (low TDP) GPUs even if the rest of the platform is "desktop".
As far a the Apple's desktop range is concern, my wish for 2009 would be something like that:
- Mac mini dual-core $999
- iMac quad-core $1999
- Mac Pro quad-core (8 threads) $2499
- Mac Pro eight-cores (16 threads) $2499
Have a nice year, everybody.