Thank you for purchasing through links and ads on this site.
OWC / MacSales.com...
diglloyd Deal Finder...
Buy other stuff at Amazon.com...
Blazing-fast PCIe storage for Mac Pro Tower

2010 Quad-Core iMac Performance (Introduction)

Last updated 2010-08-08 - Send Feedback
Related: Macs, iMac
Click for buying details

On July 27, 2010, Apple announced the 2010 27" iMac with various processor options. See Buying an iMac.

As shown at right, I ordered the 2.93GHz, quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU with 4GB memory and 1TB hard drive. After some initial testing, mine is being upgraded to the MPG Pro One, for ultra high performance.

The iMac quad-core model is a powerful machine, offering compute performance similar to that of the Mac Pro.

Recommendations for photographers

With a built-in 27" display and high performance and compact size (relatively speaking), the iMac is sure to appeal to many. However, my preference remains the Mac Pro, as a more flexible and expandable machine, see my discussion of the iMac limitations.

For photographers, I strongly recommend the quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU. See the Mac Pro 2010 review for more on CPU clock speed and CPU cores (in general).

See also my discussion on Cores and Clock Speed at B&H Photo.

Best case

The graph below captures the approximate performance differences in the best case when all the CPU cores can be used by well-written software.

The actual gains usually fall somewhere between this graph, and the one below.

The Real World

Murphy’s Law says that real world differences will be much smaller for software that doesn’t use multiple CPU cores all that well. It all depends on what you do. Click to read more.

Click to read more...

See also

In-depth Review of the March 2009 Mac Pro Nehalem.

Mac Pro Nehalem Shootout

Cycling
B&H Deal ZoneDeals by Brand/Category/Savings
Deals expire in 4 hours unless noted. Certain deals may last longer.
$3297 SAVE $800 = 19.0% Nikon D810 DSLR with 24-120mm in Cameras: DSLR

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2008-2017 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__