IMac Refresh Brings 9th-Gen Intel Chips, Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options


TechRepublic's Karen Roby talks to ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes about the pros and cons of buying a new Mac and different strategies Apple can take to boost sales. For the first time on the iMac, you can also get it with Radeon Pro Vega graphics which is great for developing 3D content and editing videos with complex effects. Today is iMac day.

The old iMacs had seventh-generation Intel processors, but these models have eight-generation processors-and in a couple of cases, the very latest ninth-generation processors. This time the models contemplated with the upgrade were the 4K and 5K models which received newer Intel Core CPUs and AMD Vega GPUs. And both sizes of iMac now have optional access to the more powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics processor. However, if you think that such amount of RAM isn't enough, Apple added a new tier for the iMac Pro when configuring memory.

There is the new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display along with the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

The 5K model comes in three variants, with a choice of 8th gen. 3.0GHz 6-core Core i5, 8th gen. 3.1GHz 6-core Core i5, and 9th gen. 3.7GHz 6-core Core i5.

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The smaller model can also be specced with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of memory, delivering around an 80 per cent graphics performance improvement. The base version has 8GB RAM. Both can be configured with an optional 8th gen. 3.2GHz 6-core Core i7.

If you want to walk into a store to pick one up, then Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will begin selling them in the week beginning March 25.

What this means is that these new iMacs have closed a bit of the gap between the highest-end iMac and the lowest-end iMac Pro. This time we get to see a new and improved iMac, which promises to be twice as fast as the previous model. With the current iMac two generations behind the curve when it comes to silicon, the iMac 2019 needs some serious hardware upgrades. My friend Stephen Hackett ended up switching from a high-end 5K iMac to an iMac Pro in order to get a computer that was silent under heavy load, thanks to the iMac Pro's superior (and quiet) cooling system.

Design-wise, the new iMac maintains the same sleek all-in-one design with its thin-edge display and aluminum and glass profile.

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