Core 2 Duo iMac - 2nd gen??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lightsout, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. lightsout macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2005
    Hey all,

    I'm thinking about getting my first Mac next month, the new iMac - probably 17" but maybe 20". The question I have to ask is - do you consider the new iMac to be a 1st or 2nd gen product? From what I can tell, it is just a new processor (I'm excluding the 24" model!) or has something else internally changed??

  2. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    I guess it's a Rev B product by definition...different RAM, differnet vid card, processor...just my opinion mind.
  3. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I would agree.
  4. hdsalinas macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2006
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    I would say at least rev C if not D.

    Rev A: Current form factor introduced with the G5
    Rev B: Then I think they added isight - not sure if it counts
    Rev C: Added Intel core duo Chips
    Rev D updated chips (intel core 2 duo), more ram, and new 24" model
  5. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Oh if we follow that then it would go like this:

    Rev A: Original G5 iMac
    Rev B: Ambient Light Sensor
    Rev C: iSight G5
    Rev D: Intel
    Rev E: Faster Intel w/ 24 inch iMac better graphics, etc
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Lets see, going by Mac model identifier -- the first Intel iMac was the imac4,1 and the education model the iMac4,2

    The current ones are iMac 5,1 (17 & 20 inch) iMac 5,2 (entry level) iMac6,1 (the 24 inch)

    So the OS is declaring the machines new models ... and not just speed bumps. ;)

    So go ahead and call them rev B if you want. But as you can see it is a bit confusing since there have been 5 different Intel iMacs already according to the OS.
  7. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    I assume that you are asking about the revision because you are concerned with problems associated with "Rev. A" products. I'm pretty sure that there have been no chronic issues with iMacs since the power supply issues of the Rev. A/B G5 iMacs (before iSight). A quick check of the Apple support forums shows no particular issue that lots of people are complaining about, which I assure you there would be if even a small percentage of iMacs were having similar problems. I would buy a new iMac without hesitation....oh wait I just did.
  8. lightsout thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2005
    For the 17" model I want, it is still the X1600. Of course, we've got the low-end iMac & high-end iMac both of which give extra options. I could really go for a 7600GT in a 17" model though!

    Anyway, thanks for the quick responses! The consenses appears to be "yes", and as stated it isn't like the iMac was a problem machine anyway. I'm going to give it a few weeks anyway just to ensure no issues turn up with the Core 2 Duo iMacs.

    Out of interest, does anyone know if it is the same chipset or not?
  9. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    Hmm by my reasoning its the 2nd revision.

    The first iMac G5 introduced the new form of iMac and was Rev A
    Rev B is the iMac G5 with ambient Light Sensor
    Rev C is the iMac G5 with iSight.

    The tricky part is whether with the switch to Intel processors is classified as a revision or a whole new line... My personal view is that it should a new line.
  10. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2004
    Los Angeles.
    Personally I'd say it is a Rev. C product.

    The internals and external case are near exactly the same despite chip/architecture changes.

    Rev A: iSight iMac
    Rev B: Core Duo iSight iMac
    Rev C: Core 2 Duo iSight iMac

    My opinion of course.

    Either way, pull the trigger and buy the mac =)
  11. amin macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    From a standpoint of potential problems, I think all the first Intel models should be called Rev A, making the Merom iMacs Rev B in my mind.

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