“It’s hard to believe there’s a full fledged system packed inside Apple’s slim and sexy iMac chassis,” Paul Lilly writes for HotHardware. “It was roughly a year ago when Apple revamped its all-in-one line, tasking the company’s engineers to flatten the design as much as possible without sacrificing performance. What emerged was a sleek display measuring just 5mm at its edge with up to 40 percent less volume than the previous generation. It was such a radical design change that Apple had to abandon traditional welding methods in favor of a process called friction-stir welding, which combines friction-generated heat and pressure to force molecules from two separate aluminum surfaces to mingle with one another. It’s a process commonly found on mission critical applications, such as the construction of rocket booster tanks.”
“The late 2013 edition iMac line leverages the performance punch of Haswell and follows it up with NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series graphics,” Lilly writes. “As configured, the 27-inch iMac reviewed here bolted through our benchmarks with ease and posted especially impressive figures in our gaming tests, including a 3DMark 11 score of 3,068 in Windows 7 (via Boot Camp). Running Cinebench 11.5 in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks also helped showcase the CPU and GPU combination.”
“Apple’s attention to detail when it comes to designing products is arguably second-to-none, and certainly we feel the modern generation iMac is the best looking all-in-one system on the market,” Lilly writes. “The late 2013 edition iMac is an easy recommendation provided you’re willing to spend a premium for a machine that looks as well as it performs, and are interested in OS X.”
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Apple updates iMac with Haswell processors, new graphics, next-gen Wi-Fi, and faster PCIe flash storage – September 24, 2013