updated 01:48 pm EST, Fri November 30, 2012
Mid-range iMac as fast as high-end Mini
Primate Labs, developer of Geekbench, has posted a summary of benchmarks the company is seeing for the 2012 iMac. Although updated 27-inch systems aren't out yet, the high-end 21.5-inch model is said to be scoring 25 percent better than its 2011 equivalent, and even 10 percent faster than last year's high-end 27-inch.
Compared against other Macs, a built-to-order Core i7 iMac can beat the Mac mini, but any Core i7 Mini will trounce a Core i5 iMac. The iMac line benefits mainly from having built-in displays and dedicated graphics cards. Most Mac Pros will also defeat a 21.5-inch iMac, even Pros from 2010, although higher-end iMac configurations do rank better in a few cases.
Updated 27-inch iMacs should be out sometime in December. Preliminary Geekbench results, presumably from testers, have indicated that the 2012 high-end 27-inch system should be almost 15 percent faster than its predecessor.