iMac Processors & RAM

Discussion in 'iMac' started by UglyLittleSpud, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. UglyLittleSpud macrumors member

    May 31, 2009
    Can someone clear something up for me? I've read a lot of conflicting information regarding the processors and ram in the new iMacs. Here's what I've read so far -

    The 21.5'' models use notebook processors, and only have 2 RAM slots maxing out at 8gb.

    The 27'' models use desktop processors, have 4 RAM slots maxing out at 16gb.

    Now, can anyone confirm if this is correct? Or how much of it is wrong? Thanks!
  2. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
  3. UglyLittleSpud thread starter macrumors member

    May 31, 2009
    Okay, so they both have 4 slots for up to 16gb or RAM. But what about the processors? Are the C2Ds in the 21.5/27 notebook versions?
  4. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2009
    No, they are all desktop processors: E7600, E8600, i5 2,66, i7 2,8
  5. UglyLittleSpud thread starter macrumors member

    May 31, 2009
    Thanks for clearing that up. There's a few reviews out there stating that the iMacs are using notebook processors...glad to hear it's not true :apple:
  6. CheesePuff macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2008
    Southwest Florida, USA
    In the previous models they did. And they are still using mobile graphic cards though.
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Apple's only using notebook GPUs in the iMacs because they have to... desktop GPUs don't physically fit, at least in the 21.5" iMac. The 27", however, is an entirely different story. That one uses a desktop-class motherboard, due to the extra space in the enclosure, so I'd imagine that everything else in there is desktop-class too, including the GPU, which, if I remember correctly, had to be placed on the opposite side of the enclosure relative to the CPU to get the heatsinks both use to fit.

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