Is this iMac the current generation?

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  1. hutchingsp macrumors newbie

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    Looking on the UK refurb store and spotted what looks like a reasonable offer on what looks like the current model of 27" iMac.

    Can I confirm that I'm interpreting the specifications right and it is the current model and not the previous release?

    Processor 2.93GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 processor
    Cache 8MB fully shared L3 cache
    Memory 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 16GB
    Hard drive 1TB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm
    Optical drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Display 27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy 16:9 widescreen TFT active-matrix display; 2560 by 1440 pixels; millions of colors; IPS technology
    Video Built-in iSight camera; Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA video (requires adapters, sold separately); supports input from external DisplayPort sources (requires cables and adapters, sold separately)
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
    FireWire One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
    USB Four USB 2.0 ports
    SD Card SDXC card slot
    Audio Built-in stereo speakers with two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers, built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
    Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
    Wireless Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking2 ; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    Included accessories Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
    Other Built-in IR receiver
    Size and weight Height: 20.4 inches (51.7 cm)
    Width: 25.6 inches (65 cm)
    Depth: 8.15 inches (20.7 cm)
    Weight: 30.5 pounds (13.8 kg) 3

    Thanks.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Newest release.

    The graphics card is 1GB and not 512MB as the previous generation.
     
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  4. George Knighton macrumors 6502a

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    If it helps any, that's exactly the system I just bought. Seemed like a very decent price.
     
  5. hutchingsp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'd be interested if you could tell the difference from a new one?

    I have a 24" C2D white iMac and I keep holding on without upgrading as, being blunt, I don't need to upgrade for what I use it for, but I do use it a lot so over four years it's more than paid for itself IYSWIM.
     
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  7. George Knighton macrumors 6502a

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    Nope.

    I'm in the USA, and compared as well as I could the specifications of the machine I bought and the one that was offered new in the USA store.

    The only thing I noticed was a decent enough savings to buy the refurbished one. Same ATi graphics, same 7200 1 TB drive, same memory, same resolution, everything that I could find at the time was the same.

    The refurb was also shipped for free, so the bottom line realisation of savings was very nice.

    What I'm about to say is entirely anecdotal, but somebody told me the only reason he could think of that a high number of i7 27" with ATi 5*** graphics would be refurb would be to solve the monitor whine issue on a minority of machines. So I'm hoping my chances of getting a monitor whine are reduced to nil. :)
     
  8. hutchingsp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you think it'll come with iLife 11?

    I only ask as the refurb store still shows iLife 09 and I assumed they dropped a DVD or voucher in the box or something?
     
  9. stridemat Moderator

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    I would imagine it will come with iLife 09 installed and as you say iLife 11 will be dropped into the box.
     
  10. George Knighton macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking no. My bet is iLife '09 and buy iLife 11 at the upgrade, cheap price offered to folks who bought after 1 Oct 2010.

    It's only $8 or $10 here in USA.
     
  11. nicoritschel macrumors regular

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    Do it, man. I just found the same deal (except in the US) and just went ahead and bit the bullet. I'll let you know how it is :D
     
  12. Golfwolf macrumors member

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    I also purchased that same model on Sat. Oct 9th through the Apple store in Canada, it was delivered to me on Wed. Oct. 13th via Fedex from California. I was thinking about a couple of other refurbs (2009 i7 2.66, 2010 i5 2.8) but decided to get the best available at the time.

    The iMac I received was pristine, no way to tell it was not a new unit. It works great with no issues at this time. Go for it!!
     
  13. George Knighton macrumors 6502a

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    You do perfectly well with 4 GB RAM?
     

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