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Benchmarks show new iMacs up to 25 percent faster

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    While the Mac Pros continue to beat out even the latest iMac, the fact that a four-core iMac achieves better than 50 percent of the score of a 12-core Mac Pro -- which costs thousands more -- tells you everything you need to know about the improvements in the Ivy Bridge line of processors and the other various improvements Apple has made in its newest machines.

    Can't wait to see what the company has in store for the revamped Mac Pro in 2013.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    You still haven't understood how the Fusion drive works, after all that work we went through?

  1. blahblahbber


    Joined: 02-01-05

    Originally Posted by Spheric HarlotView Post

    You still haven't understood how the Fusion drive works, after all that work we went through?

    no need, you need to understand that you can't have 2 Fusion drives in one machine... so in turn, is basically is two drives working together. Nothing special. Save me the TM marketing bs. I built a "fusion drive" for a client 2 days ago. He's happy.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    And your client's "Fusion drive" prioritizes the SSD and automatically shuffles less-used stuff out to the mechanical hard drive in the background, transparently?

    What driver are you using to accomplish this?

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