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Apple releases NVIDIA-based iMacs

updated 08:45 am EST, Tue March 3, 2009

Apple NVIDIA Based iMacs

Apple today released a long-awaited update to its iMac line that switches to a new NVIDIA-based platform. The new models use integrated GeForce 9400M video that lets them carry a Mini DisplayPort connector and, in the case of lower-end models, rely solely on integrated graphics while still providing fast 3D. They also represent an update to current-generation Core 2 Duo processors with DDR3 memory support and a native 1,066MHz system bus instead of the factory-overclocked older models.

Just one 20-inch model is available on launch and starts at $1,199 with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a SuperDrive and integrated NVIDIA graphics. Opting for a 24-inch iMac now costs just $1,499 and nets a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive and the SuperDrive. A higher-end 24-inch model at $1,799 adds a faster 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo as well dedicated GeForce GT120 graphics with 256MB of memory. One ultimate configuration at $2,199 carries a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo, increases storage to 1TB, and picks up a faster GeForce GT130 graphics chipset with 512MB of memory.

Options exist for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, an add-on 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics chipset for 24-inch models, and wireless keyboard and mice. An iSight webcam, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi are standard across all models. Apple ships its updated iMacs starting today from the online Apple Store.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. luckyday

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    Mac updates

    Can anyone say bust?

  1. Feathers

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    I don't know about U.S. pricing but in Euros, Apple have dramatically RAISED their prices. That should be the headline. Have they completely lost touch with both reality and their customers? Are Apple actively trying to remove themselves from the computer business so that they can pursue their consumer toy manufacturing projects such as the iPod and iPhone?

  1. emilygrae

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    Yeah, I dunno... I think no. I just went to the apple site and the new Mini is out as well... $600.00 Half the price of an iMac and I already have a nice monitor so maybe that's the way I'll go. Same nvidia 9400M so what the heck...

  1. kerryb

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    Euro vs Dollar

    Apple hasn't raised it prices the dollar has finally risen against most other currencies. check it out,

  1. malax

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    Video cards

    These video options baffle me. Anyone know how the prior low-end 24" iMac ("ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory") compares with the new entry-level 24" iMac ("NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory")?

  1. njfuzzy

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    Electronista vs. MacNN

    I don't get it. Why is this Mac article listed on Electronista? Surely it belongs on MacNN.

  1. testudo

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    Upgrade to integrated video! Just what people want!

  1. Grrr

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    "I don't get it. Why is this Mac article listed on Electronista? Surely it belongs on MacNN."

    You are right. The answer is simple though. Macnn sold out for the sakes of advertising revenue. Notice how the website has a cr@p load of adverts all over the place? Macnn get paid for that..
    So, link to your sister site, get twice the hits, and thus twice the potential for advertising revenue, as Macnn can claim to the add agencies "Look! our group of sites get THIS many hits!" When it's basically a con.
    Its BS like this which has driven Macnn down the toilet in recent years.

    So, yes.. iMacs, very nice! Good to see Apple including some truly decent gfx options at last. But boy, do they make you pay for it. Particularly over here in foggy old England.

  1. martinX

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    Hmmm. Yes. Well.

    Not really much of an improvement from where I stand. I bought a 24" iMac last October with a 2.8 (IIRC) GHz CPU and got a 750 GB HD installed and bumped the RAM up to 4 GB (aftermarket RAM of course; I'm not THAT silly)). With AppleCare it was around the 3 grand mark ($A).

    Today I can get a 24" iMac with a 2.93 GHz CPU, 640 GB HD and 4GB RAM for around 3 grand. No AppleCare.

    I know there's been movement on the exchange rate that may explain some of this, but I'm glad I got my iMac back then. Even the bottom end is priced higher. Too high, IMHO.

    I have a mate who has been hanging out for a new Mac Pro. He will be happy. Then he will see the price. And no Blu Ray. He will be sad.

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