updated 07:55 pm EDT, Thu August 9, 2007
PrimateLabs has posted a series of benchmarks for the new Core 2 Duo-based Mid-2007 iMacs. The site tested a an iMac (24-inch Mid 2007) with an Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.4GHz, 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM and Mac OS X 10.4.10 (Build 8R4031) against previous generation iMacs (24-inch) with Intel Core 2 Duo processors at 2.33GHz and 2.16GHz. Overall, the new 2.4GHz iMac posted a score of 3243, compared with 3049 for the older 2.33GHz model and 2898 for the older 2.16GHz model. Unfortunately, the article neglects to do any graphics benchmarking with the new ATI cards that are included in the Mid-2007 iMacs.
The comparison concludes "The latest 24-inch iMacs have two major advantages over the older 24-inch iMacs; they have faster processors, and they use the new Santa Rosa chipset (instead of the Napa chipset used in the older 24-inch iMacs). The faster processor helps increase both integer and floating point performance, while the faster front-side bus on the Santa Rosa chipset helps increase both memory and stream performance."