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Earlier this week, we pointed to initial benchmarks from Macworld for the new 3.1 GHz 27-inch Mac, finding the new system to be about 16% faster than the high-end standard configuration of the previous generation overall.


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Now that the machines have been out for a couple of days, Primate Labs has put together an early report collating the results from users submitting Geekbench 2 results. While not all models of the new iMac are represented in the database yet, initial reports from Geekbench point to an approximately 25% increase in performance over the corresponding models from the previous generation and up to a 70% increase over low-end "Wolfdale" Core 2 Duo iMacs from two generations ago.
While the improvements aren't as dramatic as with the Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros, there's a consistent 25% performance improvement between Sandy Bridge and Lynnfield at both the low-end and the high-end of the iMac model range (and over a 70% improvement between Sandy Bridge and Wolfdale). While this update may not tempt Lynnfield iMac owners into upgrading, it's certainly a compelling upgrade for Wolfdale iMac users.
Geekbench 2 focuses on processor and memory performance, offering direct comparisons of raw power in each machine. Other factors such as video cards and data storage devices also affect system speed but are not addressed in Geekbench's benchmarking metrics.

Article Link: New iMacs Offer 25% Performance Improvement Over Previous Generation
 

iLoveiTunes

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great

always good to see performance improvements as indicated by such tests but I was hoping something out of the extraordinary would have really made me go for these .... perhaps bluray ? :rolleyes:
 
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Jswoosh

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I picked up the new 27" 2.7 i5, my first iMac and I love it. I'm curious though why does the it show that the 21.5 is faster than the 27 when they both have the same specs
 
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Wang Foolio

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I picked up the new 27" 2.7 i5, my first iMac and I love it. I'm curious though why does the it show that the 21.5 is faster than the 27 when they both have the same specs
The difference is less than 1%, I wouldn't worry about it :D

My Late 2009 model is still ranked #4 after 18 months so I'm pretty happy with my decision :D Every time I feel the urge to buy something new I remind myself that the one I have is still more powerful than most of the current builds, and aside from a slightly irritable optical drive I have had zero cause for complaints. Still haven't had a kernel panic and it's in use several hours every single day :)
 
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fruitpunch.ben

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The difference is less than 1%, I wouldn't worry about it :D

My Late 2009 model is still ranked #4 after 18 months so I'm pretty happy with my decision :D Every time I feel the urge to buy something new I remind myself that the one I have is still more powerful than most of the current builds, and aside from a slightly irritable optical drive I have had zero cause for complaints. Still haven't had a kernel panic and it's in use several hours every single day :)

Yeah the upgrade to an i7 is turning out to be a great decision to keep my iMac current. The only thing that could do with upgrading is the graphics card, but since i barely play games, it doesn't really matter
 
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Eye4Desyn

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I couldn't be happier. Coming from my old white polycarbonate 24" Intel iMac - running OS 10.6.7, my new machine is light years faster (obviously). Although I was suprised that it shipped with 10.6.6 installed. I had a real fiasco installing Aperture because of this. Had to reinstall OS X from the install DVD and then do software updates. Anyway all is good. This will be my work horse for the next 4 to 5 years.
 
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danielwsmithee

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My 2009 iMac is still in the top 4, goes to show what a beast that update was. I'll hold off, though I would enjoy a 3.4 i7 for work.
 
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danielwsmithee

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The difference is less than 1%, I wouldn't worry about it :D

My Late 2009 model is still ranked #4 after 18 months so I'm pretty happy with my decision :D Every time I feel the urge to buy something new I remind myself that the one I have is still more powerful than most of the current builds, and aside from a slightly irritable optical drive I have had zero cause for complaints. Still haven't had a kernel panic and it's in use several hours every single day :)
My optical drive is irritable as well. Every once in a while it just disappears from the machine, I restart and it comes right back. I assumed it was because one my toddlers put something in the slot that was not supposed to be there... I had an SD card fished out of there once already.
 
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blue22

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MBP overall is still faster...

Outside of the two high-end 2011 27" iMacs the 2011 Macbook Pro's are still faster than most of the new iMac lineup, how's that possible?!
 
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Eye4Desyn

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Outside of the two high-end 2011 27" iMacs the 2011 Macbook Pro's are still faster than most of the new iMac lineup, how's that possible?!


Oh, I dunno, just a hunch that the same data and processes travel faster in a smaller area/less distance for MBP vs. iMac. I'm probably wrong, but again, just a hunch. ;)
 
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ciTiger

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This shows the MBP were due for an upgrade a long time...

Still hoping to see another refresh for MBPs this year.. I know it is hard...
 
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