Why can't iMac use real desktop parts?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mr. MacBook, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

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    I'm just wondering why the iMac must use Intel Core 2 Duo notebook processors.

    Wouldn't desktop processors make it a higher FSB, higher speeds, higher L2, and less price for just a little iMac thickness?

    I would love to buy a 24-inch iMac @ 2.4 GHz for like $100-250 less than the previous model...
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Because Apple thinks that Looks>Performance for the iMac.
     
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  5. Queso macrumors G4

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    That lovely cheaper iMac would have to be about three inches thick to disperse the heat, that's why :p
     
  6. Mr. MacBook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    3 inches thick?

    I think 1.5x as fast is more important than "3 inches thick"
     
  7. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    maybe for you. but remember the iMac is a consumer model and most people who buy it are satisfied with its performance.

    FWIW, i think Apple is missing something between iMac and Mac Pro.
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    I'd like the iMac to get thinner and more like the Apple screens. For that it needs laptop parts. What you need is a different model entirely.
     
  9. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    They're more then fast enough for most people.

    If I was buying an iMac (which is a consumer computer) I'd rather give up some speed for the space saving design and increased energy efficiency that the mobile processors allow for.

    EDIT: multiple tabs made my response late... I swear I wasn't copying the posts before me.
     
  10. Marble macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's design revisions usually have a practical as well as an aesthetic purpose to them. I keep wondering if Apple are taking the opportunity to redesign their product for new guts, such as desktop components. It simply seems strange to me that Intel has a whole processor class (Conroe and descendants) that Apple has chosen not to take advantage of.

    Then again, from a market audience perspective, there's not a very compelling reason to do this.
     
  11. furious macrumors 65816

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    i think it is more to do with how loud the iMac is. If apple used desktop parts the would need to use 9 cm fans or even 12 cm fans. That is because more air would be needed to cool the CPU down. Not impossible in a design like the iMac.

    With the chin you could have a bank of large fans. Say 4 12 cm with ducting so the air gets to the right places. This would be much louder. Imagine 4 12 cm fans running at 1800 or even 2000 rpm. :( It is a shame it could not be done within Apples tight design parameters.
     
  12. blaster_boy macrumors 6502

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    I quite like the imac for what it is : a quiet computer that is more than fast enough for me.

    Actually, coming from a pbook G4 at 867Mhz, that's an understatement - it blazes, both in windows and in mac mode !!

    I really, REALLY like it for it's quietness - this, for me, is the absolute requirement for any new mac or pc (naaa) that I buy in the future.:)
     

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