One question I’m always asked after publishing benchmarks like this is whether it’s worth getting the high-end model or not. Usually the answer comes down to personal preference and budget; in other words, the answer is “it depends”. To help answer that answer this time around I thought I’d try something new; I divided the cost of each iMac by its Geekbench score, coming up with a “Cost Per Point” metric. Below is a chart that lists the Cost Per Point (in cents) for each model, including the base model with a 2GB RAM upgrade.
If you’re looking for the best value in terms of raw processing power, the best iMac to get is the base model. Even after upgrading the RAM in the base model it’s still more cost-effective than the mid-range 20-inch iMac.
That said, this analysis only takes processor and memory performance into account. It doesn’t take into account the extra features you get with each model, like larger hard drives and better video cards. Personally, I’d recommend the 2.66 GHz 20-inch iMac; the extra hard drive space and video memory offset the slight disadvantage it has against the 2.4 GHz 20-inch iMac in terms of value.
Apple, Inc updated their iMac line today. The processor speed, graphics, etc. Big whoop. iReally thoght there was going to be some sort of multi-touch didn’t you?
Also, My iMac broke yesterday. That’s right. In fact it broke DURING a Safari upgrade, convenient wouldn’t you say? The people at the Apple store seemed to think so as iHad to pay them for the power supply issue which might not even be the root of the problem, the power supply is $80.00 to replace and $80.00 to open up, throw in some taxes and I’m paying $170.00+ to maybe/perhaps/if-i’m-lucky they’ll fix it. The issue could also be the logic board, which would cost $500-700 to fix, so screw that. i’ll likely need a new mac.
But will iNeed a new iMac? It is just a little too expensive isn’t it. The fact that it doesn’t come with at least two gigs of RAM, multi-touch, and a glossy screen that may have 20 times less resolution than the 24″ imac, are major downers for me. “iWant too, iJust don’t think iCan.”
Should iBuy a new iMac? Maybe, but for reasons listed above – iDon’t think so.
Should iBuy the a newish mac pro? YES! iJust can’t afford it right now. (but someday!)
Should iBuy the mac mini? Likely – but that integrated graphic card and low max ram isn’t exactly a closing argument.
So what mac should iBuy and why? What do you have
Move over “Cheeseburger-eating Hasselhoff“, there’s a new drunk in town! What happens when you take the classic 1999 Jeff Goldblum iMac commercial and slow it down about 30 percent? You get a hilarious piece of footage capable of taking Goldblum’s kids away in any future custody battle!
We only know one thing for sure about Steve Jobs’ Macworld 2008 keynote: something big is coming from Apple. Maybe not one single iceberg-sized thing, but this year we believe the Boom Count
™ is going to be so high that Apple had to take their new big irons out of the way. Plenty of evidence points out the magnitude of next week’s announcements.
Macbook made to fit-in-to iMac, whoa… Macworld 2008.
“This Apple docking station patent shows a screen base in which you can slide in a MacBook through its side. While this would be difficult to do with current MacBooks, it fits perfectly with the idea of the ultra-light, ultra-slim MacBook that allegedly will be presented at MacWorld.” The images and description looks quite cool.