Thunder and home desktop computer…

On Tuesday, 3 may 2011, the unexpected happened. Silent updates iMac lineup, with the best mobile graphics from AMD, Sandy Bridge – as usual. An unexpected result was a Thunderbolt in all new models. It’s the same for mobile devices and laptops! Presentation of Light Peak was one of the best in the history of presentations: demonstration stand in the whole scene, fantastic (2009), the artistic presentation of very difficult things. Those who were not in the subject, after the presentation was false and completely distorted view about what it is and what.

Great job… Directors and stagehands. Engineers were also at altitude. Everything else is a Prime example of how not to introduce the technology of the future.

If among the partners of Intel in this adventure was not the Apple, does not the fact that Light Peak should become part of the reality. At best, it would’ve happened not in 2011.

War is war: sometimes you have to convince the audience of something untrue. In homeopathic doses, mindful of the fact that all the secret sooner or later will know all, for obvious and completely valid reasons. Light Peak (Thunderbolt), well-choreographed and full of spectacle inspired horror and misunderstanding.

If this presentation were not, it would be better. Really strange and terrible beast was handmade, homemade and very easy to use. He lied to those who wanted to be accepted and loved. He still achieved success.

May 3, 2011, just three months after the debut of Thunderbolt in MacBook Pro, Apple has released new iMac. The last “thick” iMac ever, the last iMac with an optical drive, and the world’s first desktop computers with Thunderbolt…

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.

Beginning 1 $ 199

In the online Apple store there were four initial configuration of new models. The cheapest, with a screen diagonal of 21.5 inches, 1 cost the same $ 199 that released ten months before her. The cheapest 27-inch – 1 $ 699. Do you remember how much cost in those years, the cheapest MacBook Pro with 13 – inch and 15-inch screens?

They cost 1 1 199 and 799 dollars. About the same. Thus, the cost of the iMac included a very good display, 27-inch model is not inferior to external displays for $ 1000, if not more.

iMac’and 3 may 2011 was presented by the models of identifier iMac12,1 (with a screen diagonal of 21.5 inches or 55 cm) and iMac12,2 (with a diagonal of 27 inches, 69 cm). Today we will discuss the most affordable options for both models.

Technically, if you omit unimportant at this point, details, cheap 27-inch version of the same “expensive” version with a diagonal of 21.5 inch, and it is more expensive, but it is the cheapest 27-inch Mac may 2011 and therefore our client.

The 21.5 – 1 for $ 199

Processor – Quad-core Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz (i5-2400S), Sandy Bridge technology 32 nm, cache in the third level (“last level cache” – as proposed by Intel) 6 MB DMI at 5 GT/s.

Turbo Boost 2.0, HyperThreading, and a whole cocktail of abbreviations and terms distinguished in 2011 modern processors is outdated. Smart control a clock frequency of processor cores saves energy and the maximum squeeze out of the CPU all that it can – depending on workload and data services. At a maximum concentration of efforts in a single core processor developed up to 3.3 GHz.

In the initial configuration of 4 GB of RAM PC3-10600 (1 333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMMs occupying two of the four slots. In the online store memory can be increased up to 16 Gigabytes, and beyond – to 32.

Disk 500 GB (7 200 rpm). Online store of options increase the size of the disk or its replacement on the SSD (or combination) was not offered.

Inside this iMac was compartments for the simultaneous installation of the SSD (2.5-inch) and hard disk (3.5 inch), upgrade is possible – but requires high qualification and experience.

And what a bus was used to connect the drives? In the first instance of SATA II (3GB/s), then Apple has raised the EFI version to 1.6 and replaced the tire on a SATA III (6GB/s). What do not even have to report.

Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512 MB GDDR5. “M” at the end of the index stands for “mobile version”. The processor is good (for almost all purposes), but of interest to “gamers” is not caused.

Screen with a diagonal of 21.5 inches, with a base resolution of 1920×1080, with an honest 8-bit color, led backlit IPS, bright and sharp, though the best screen among the “all-in-one” close in size size. At least, one of the best.

External display… and That’s Thunderbolt. Compatible with Mini DisplayPort and absolutely. The resolution of an external monitor up to 2560×1600. An external monitor can be any Mini DisplayPort monitor, and (with adapter) VGA, DVI, dual-link DVI, HDMI…

The Thunderbolt port could be used not only to transfer data to an external display, in TDM mode (Thunderbolt Display Mode) iMac worked as an external display. However, only when connected to a Thunderbolt port. For example, any of the last three MacBook Pro models.

The port could be used not only for connection to displays (or display) Thunderbolt-the device was already announced (RAID from LaCie, for example), but none of them to the third may have not yet gone on sale. C debut Thunderbolt it took three months.

The port supports up to 6 devices in the first implementation, the display could only be one of them. RAID included between the computer and the display (scary?), but it worked without problems. At least 5 RAID s! To Mac 1 for $ 199! I have not tried…

Connectors and communications – are the same as the previous model: 4 USB 2.0, Firewire 800, Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Thunderbolt.

AirPort (450 Mbps) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR – built-in.

In my opinion, is much more attractive than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Except less mobile.

27,0 – 1 $ 699

Processor – 4-Core Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz (i5-2500S), third level cache 6 MB DMI 5 GT/s Maximum Turbo Boost – 3.7 GHz. 1 GHz is more than “nominally”! Nothing like that. However, the old men who worked for 8 years and never was not revealed, the smart processor responds to an inefficient operation of the fans decrease in frequency and a decrease in performance, but the computer is still alive.

In the initial configuration the same 4 GB of RAM PC3-10600 (1 333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMMs and the same four slots. A maximum of 16 GB by Apple, 32 actually.

Disk of 1 TB (7 200 rpm). In the online store:

to add to this SSD disk capacity 256 Gigabytes;
— replace the drive with a 2 TB (no SSD);
— set the drive to 2 TB and SSD to 256 GB.

With SATA II and SATA III is the same story as with the 21.5-inch model. EFI 1.6, with support for SATA III, began to establish may 5, 2011. 2 days after the start of sales. But machines with SATA II is still there. The law of meanness it is this can be you.

This is a very long Mac, they are remarkably much.

Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6770m, also with 512 MB GDDR5. It is a “mobile version”, but more powerful.

Screen with a diagonal of 27 inches, led backlight, IPS, glossy, high contrast. The basic resolution of 2560×1600.

Have iMac with 27-inch screen, two Thunderbolt port. You can connect two monitors with resolution up to 2560×1600 each, and ten other Thunderbolt devices. Provided that the monitor will last in the chain.

The rest – like the 21.5-inch option.

To be continued

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