iMac 27” (Late 2012): now with Blu-ray

In the list of shortcomings of the new iMac almost all of his reviews were this: “on the optical drive, we’re lost!”, and it was true. Built-in optical drive, which for five years as left a list of deficiencies iMac is gone. But…

About Blu-ray later. The protagonist of today’s story deserves a separate presentation. Besides size and large compared with its 21.5-inch sibling of the opportunities he had another advantage, very important in my opinion.

Structurally they were very similar, attractive, even PC Magazin has replaced their PC-shnye “all-in-one” at the top of the rankings, but due to this advantage, the 27-inch iMac 2012 I would call a completely different computer.

On the back side of its body, above the connector of the power cable has a small hatch, not conspicuous. Behind him were all four slots for memory modules. In the initial configuration 27-inch iMac two slots of the four were busy with modules at 4 GB each, but the rest was free.

In the online Configurator store the RAM size can be increased to 16 or 32 Gigabytes for 200 or $ 600, but from independent suppliers with the same modules could be bought three times cheaper.

To get to the other structural elements, as in the case with the 21.5-inch model, it was necessary to disassemble the computer. Removing glued the display Assembly, disconnect the flimsy connectors, Unscrew a lot of screws with different geometry, and each of these steps to take the risk. The whole attraction.

Integrated optical drive in the 27-inch model, too, was not. Honestly, that drive which was installed in recent years, has long been needed, or to change into something decent, or to leave him. Was that a huge number of very interesting devices ready to work with Mac’om, including Blu-ray.

No one ever complained about the lack of Blu-ray in iMac…

This is a continuation of a series about the iMac on Intel, the previous parts are here:

The first part: the First Intel Mac – there are links to a series about the iMac G4 and iMac G5;
Second part: the Last “Behemoth” (eMac) and its Successor – there’s also links to a series about eMac;
Third part: Intel Core 2: and again the iMac to come…
The fourth part: Setbreak, or iMac Core 2 (IG)
Fifth part: White, middle class.
Sixth part: 24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?
Seventh part: iMac aluminum not without extreme…;
Eighth part: the iMac becomes more powerful…;
Ninth part: iMac (Early 2009): the recession has affected Apple…;
Tenth: iMac (Mid 2009). the iMac is not for everyone…;
Eleventh part: Unibody iMac, remote control and mouse…;
The twelfth part: iMac (Late 2009) Intel Core 2, younger model…;
Thirteenth part: iMac (Late 2009) Core i5/Core i7, overtaking Mac Pro;
The fourteenth part: More iMac’and for the same money. Apple 2010;
The fifteenth part: the Elite of the breed of iMac 2010;
The sixteenth part: the thunder and a home desktop computer…;
The seventeenth part: iMac (Mid 2011) – faster than a Mac Pro?;
Eighteenth part: the Last computer of the Steve jobs era;
The nineteenth part: iMac 21,5” (Late 2012): iPad?.

Criticism and first place in the rankings

The first 27-inch iMac’and, as promised at the presentation on 23 October 2012, fell into the hands of independent experts in December 2012.

In the reviews reported “a high quality built-in speakers”, “disgusting and they’re not bad speakers”, about the “terrible screen” and “the best screen among all the computers class, all-in-one”.

It turned out (what a nightmare!) in 27-inch models use hard drives from several manufacturers (Samsung, Seagate and some more), with different amount of cache memory (32 and 64 Gigabytes, the difference is very noticeable) and with substantially different characteristics.

To influence the choice of collectors of Apple the client had no chance. In one of the races between the new iMac and their competitors the cheapest 27-inch iMac (1 799 dollars) bypassed the most expensive (with Core i7 for $ 199 2) in all the tests associated with data access on the disk. The showdown (not exactly a showdown – System Report) revealed the reason for paradoxical results. Lottery?

But many of the 27-inch iMac was assembled… in the USA. Where, why, and other interesting details could not figure out even in 2012.

What only did not write nasty things about the new 27-inch switchblade stiletto from Apple, but in the rankings of even the most PC-shnyh journals in the world, they pushed from the first position to the best of the PC-shnyh “all-in-one”. And the competition in this segment was no less hard than in the segment of ultra-portable laptops, and two models from Apple was opposed by dozens of opponents.

Serious problems with the quality of the “flagship product line of Macs” as they were called, Phil Schiller, was not. Manufacturing and logistics worked like the best watch in the world.

Inside the 27-inch iMac (Late 2012)

Online store new large iMac’and was presented with the traditional pair of “cheap” and “expensive” configuration.

In all 27-duimovich was a 4-core Ivy Bridge (in the initial configuration Core i5 has 6 MB cache third level), memory PC3-12800 (1,600 MHz) DDR3 SDRAM and discrete graphics from NVIDIA.

The processor installed in socket LGA 1155 (H2), theoretically its upgrade was possible.

But if anyone tried to replace the processor (almost certainly someone a chance), this information could not be found.

The two configurations included drive capacity 1 TB (7 200 rpm), in which the Configurator could be replaced by:

— drive capacity of 3 TB (7 200 rpm), for a fee of $ 150);
— Fusion Drive (disk 1 TB + 128 GB SSD) for $ 250;
— Fusion Drive (disk 3 TB + 128 GB SSD), for $ 400;
— SSD 768 GB, 1 $ 300.

The connectors on the back side of the case:

Such is exactly the same as the 21.5-inch model.

Two Thunderbolt port – that is, without any tricks, “regular”, to the iMac, you can connect up to two external displays with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 each. Acute desire and a good knowledge of the subject to each Thunderbolt port connect two such display, and it worked.

Built-in screen with a diagonal of 27 inches (68.58 cm) 2560 x 1600 resolution with IPS and reduced by 75% reflectivity. Between the LCD display and the glass is gone 2 mm, they are firmly attached to each other in an indivisible whole, but, oddly enough, he LCD display was exactly the same as before. Of the same model.

Double microphone (as in mobile devices), to reduce the noise level.

Wireless communications – WiFi Broadcom (802.11 n, compatible with 802.11 a/b/g) with three antennas (and data transfer speeds of up to 450 Mbps), and Bluetooth 4.0.

Configuration for those who believe money

Greed is not a Vice. For those who want (like Apple) to save on everything on what only it is possible, Apple’s proposed initial configuration “cheaper”, “all” in 1 799 dollars. Products of competitors with approximately the same technical data cost a third cheaper – but iMac’and still sold better. Particularly this configuration.

4-Core Intel Core i5 2.9 GHz (i5-3470S), 6 MB cache third level, the clock frequency under appropriate conditions could be increased dynamically up to 3.6 GHz. Two important notes: since the previous generation Intel processors (Sandy Bridge), Turbo Boost (now 2.0) really worked on Macs; if you thought about this processor you recently read – I envy your memory, this processor was in the “more expensive” initial configuration of the 21.5-inch iMac (Late 2012).

Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 512 MB of GDDR5 memory.

Not the coolest, even for its time, but quite decent even today.

On the options the replacement of the processor or graphics in a cheap 27-inch configuration saved. Apple was also among those who consider money.

The configuration of the roller

Some people just need (or want) something more powerful. Also do not have anything bad in mind, he these include.

4-Core Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz (i5-3470), with 6 MB cache in the third level, the clock frequency under appropriate conditions could be increased dynamically up to 3.6 GHz. Or, for $ 200 (“total” or “whole” add more to taste) surcharges, Intel Core i7 3.4 GHz (i7-3770), 8 MB cache third level, the clock frequency under appropriate conditions could be increased dynamically up to 3.9 GHz.

The graphics are also powerful, and also with an even more powerful option. As part of the configuration of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB of GDDR5. Very impressive. For those whom this was not enough, for all/as much as $ 150 offered NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB of GDDR5.

If it would be with this card iMac was able to “take” 5 display, each with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (including your own), at the same time – but the story of this experiment in our days is not available.

Maximum configuration with an Intel Core i7 3.4 GHz (i7-3770, Fusion Drive disk 3 TB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX (but with 8 gigs of RAM, its no problem and much cheaper can bring up to 32 Gigabytes already at home) would cost 2 749 USD before taxes and fees.

To be continued

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