iMac 20" 2.0 Ghz -> 1080p ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by paetrick, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. paetrick macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    I'm in need of a new computer, but also a HTPC to run 1080p material on my 40" Samsung LCD.

    With mac mini I only get a HTPC (as it only can handle 1 screen)
    But with the iMac I can hook it up to another screen ;) (computer and tv in the same room so)

    My first question is: Can the 2.0 Ghz iMac play 1080p material without dropping frames? I know the 2.4 ghz can but if the 2.0 Ghz can I'll be fine with that one as I don't really play PC-games.

    My seconds question: Sites like macworld has reported that iMac got screen problems and are about to contacting apple for answers, is it possible that they will switch out the screen in the 20" to a better one in a near future? if so it might be better to wait for a new revision?
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007

    The iMac is more powerful than the Mac mini so yes it will play 1080p without a hitch. Every Intel Mac since inception has played 1080p without issues.
    The new iMacs were just released last month. No update will happen until January-February. It's usually a 6 month gap between speed bumps. Apple wants the 24" to be the dominant seller so that's kinda why the 20" doesn't have as great of a viewing angle.
    Most people have opted for the 24" just because of this and that's exactly what Apple wants to happen. If you want it now don't even think about waiting because Apple may just bump up the processor in the 20" and keep the same screen.
  3. paetrick thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Eh? if apple didn't want people to look at the 20" as an option they would never even launced it, they make more money on the 20" than on the 24" -> So why would they want ME to get the 24"?

    As well as more people buy 20" (at least last generation) -> And seperate 24" screens arn't sold much either.

    Why i asked was because many people got delayed orders on their 20" imac (perhaps due an screen upgrade? - or just better quality control -> Because the 20" imac i saw in person was no way near as bad as some of the imac's shown on picture here)

    Not every INTEL imac can play 1080p, not even the 1.83 ghz mac mini can do it without dropping frames.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I have a mini 1.66 Core Duo with 1GB ram and I am using it right now watching football in HD 1080p. I download quicktime files in HD and it works perfectly.
    Huh? how is Apple making more money on the 20" over the 24"? The 20" is a much cheaper machine?
    Apple produces the 20" because the 24" is not a screen size everyone needs.
    It's common sense, every company does this, they make the lower end product inferior to the upscale one so the customer will upsale themselves to the more expensive one. The new 24" has been the biggest selling iMac by far especially the 2.8 option.

    Edit: Sorry about that, my mini is in fact playing at 480 and 720p. Sorry.
  5. paetrick thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    The 20" is a much cheaper machine becuase it has a smaller screen with a TN-panel. with a IPS**whatever screen in the 24" imac makes it a lot more expensive to build than a 20" tn display, and the difference between the 2.4 ghz 20" and 24" isn't that much -> Check what external 24" screens costs compared to 20" tn displays -> It's a HUUUGE difference - but not on the imac.

    20" is sellling more than 24" and they are for sure earning more by selling the 20". This isn't the same thing as with the mac mini, because the mac mini does not sell very well and there's not much profit when selling it either.
  6. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    the 20 inch imac has viewing angle problems, the 24 inch doesnt

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