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Computerworld looks at special iMac G5 for education

updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed September 29, 2004

iMac G5 for education

Computerworld looks at the special (but not students or faculty), which is available at a lower price ($1,100--a $100 discount) and with some stripped down components: "The specs on the education iMac model are knocked down significantly from the base consumer model. It ships with the same 17-in. screen, the same basic processor and motherboard configuration -- 1.6-GHz G5, 512KB backside cache and 533-MHz front-side bus -- and the same base amount of RAM, 256MB. But it also includes a significantly lower-powered video card (the Nvidia GeForce4 MX with 32MB of virtual RAM, as opposed to the Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64MB) and a 40GB hard drive, half the standard 80GB hard drive. Even more noteworthy, it ships with no optical drive."




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  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Geez

    Did they really have to water down an already watered down graphics card? Sure they are not going to playing games, but it is running OS X is it not? You know there is no way a GeForce4 MX will meet the minimum requirement to desplay all the animation and graphics stuff in 10.4

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Geez

    The video card will be supported by 10.4, but it won't support core video, which isn't the end-all of the world (considering where these are positioned for).

    My problem is they watered down the machine A LOT but only cut $100 off the price. I mean, no CD/RW drive, half-size hard drive, and lower powered video card.

    I know I sound like an iPod Mini critic, but why would anyone buy this when, for a mere $100 more, you can get the full machine?

  1. TimmyDee51

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No optical an issue

    The watered down GPU is a bummer, but in a general use public lab, do you really need anything more? Same with the hard drive. The only time you need anything more is when you're building a video editing station, at which point you order the one that's $100 more or get an external (or both).

    The lack of an optical drive could be a deal killer, though. Students in our labs like having the drive to play CDs or use any CD-ROMs that may have come with their textbook. Plus, creating builds would be an absolute pain in the a**. I'm sure we'll just go for the regularly configured 17".

  1. todddixon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sounds like its perfect..

    ... for an education machine. A student, for the most part, should be using it as window to both the server's and the internet's resources. Unless in a multimedia-centric learning facility, graphical i/o will be more than suitable. The optical drive scenario is debatable - a centralised repositry of disk images made available to the students would help in those "I need to put the CD in" scenarios. This could be local to the particular lab or centralised somewhere else. So one machine in the lab could be made 'optical aware' and used as the archiving facility for these disks. Now if they want to play their own music... don't use the schools facilities! Its a place of learning - not for bopping! Buy an iPod and hide the earplugs under you hood. Yoh! Word!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: no optical

    FYI, this is a much requested feature from Apple, as many places are tired of having to dig stuff out of the CD-rom drives (and it helps keep people from installing stuff on them).

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