Hands-on Apple’s 2019 iMac 4K; benchmarks, too!

“Apple’s refreshed iMac 4K has arrived!” Mark Linsangan writes for AppleInsider. “In terms of overall design, not much has changed, but internally — lots has.”

“You can now pick up the new 21.5-inch iMac 4K with an eighth generation i3 quad-core processor, an i5 six-core processor, or an i7 six-core processor which supports hyper-threading — particularly helpful for video creators and editors,” Linsangan writes. “The one we have in our lab is the base configuration with a 3.6GHz quad-core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 5400RPM 1TB hard drive. It’s equipped with the AMD Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 2GB of VRAM. All of this retails for $1299 before taxes.”

“Starting off with Geekbench 4, our machine got a single thread score of 4819 and a multi-core score of 14410 which is nearly identical in terms of performance as a base model Mac mini,” Linsangan writes. “In our testing, the iMac 4K posted a CPU score of 1472 [Cinebench R20]. For comparison, our 2018 MacBook Pro with a six-core i7 Processor posted a CPU score of 2396 which is only about 1.6x higher than the iMac 4K.”

iMac now delivers up to two times faster performance for a wide range of computing tasks.
iMac now delivers up to two times faster performance for a wide range of computing tasks.

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s an entry-level machine, of course, but perfectly capable for the type of tasks for which most entry-level buyers would be using it.

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    1. What are u talking about??/
      Its an option!

      Spec it with in 3.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz for 1699$
      And u can change drive sepcs and mem a gpu.

      Since when is offering options a cheap thing to do.

      You guys have lost your minds are are just tere to troll.

      Wow.. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

      1. No. It’s not an option. The i3 version is the base model. The i7 is the option that costs $300 more. Besides, “dave” is nearly correct. Relatively few manufacturers of desktop machines ship the i3 as the base machine.

        And while we’re at it… Why does the base model have a 5400 RPM Hard Disk Drive? That’s about the slowest drive that the drive manufacturers make today. And, $800 for a 1 TB SSD? That’s about 8x the going rate for these SSDs when you buy then in high quantities like Apple does. I might be able to understand 2x or maybe even 3x, but 8x?

        1. That is why it is called the base model.. its the lowest possible configuration, ‘base from which the system can be built up ‘ undrstand ? … and yes it is an option,, you have the option of sticking with it or ordering one with higher performance specs.

          And if pricing is the issue for you then Apple is not for you and it never has been.. they have always charged premiums for their products….And still do.

          This constant Apple bashing is really getting ridiculous and getting pushed to the Absurd territory !.

  1. I’m an apple fanboi, so it hurts me to accept that their latest offering is a $1300 computer with a 5400RPM HDD that is glued shut.

    I currently use a 2009 iMac which was near death, until I installed an SSD drive, and it is a world of difference which brought it back to life.

      1. One of my 2012’s just plays videos to my TV (using Finder and wireless trackpad). With one of these I could watch 10x the number of movies in the same amount of time! 🙂 They are going to start licensing macOS at some point. They are already starting with AppleTV stuff in TVs.

        1. Yes, VERY unlike Steve. He didn’t glue everything shut, forcing users to pay Apple’s bleeding-thru-the-nose prices for everything above the (often) barely adequate minimum RAM and SSD.

  2. The point of the videos is that you can build better macs for much less than Apple charges, and these days if you run into compatibility issues, they’re typically minor.

    There are lots of system builds out there that you can just follow instead of experimenting with components. Gigabyte tends to make the best motherboards and it’s best to stick with AMD, IMHO.

      1. Unfortunately one would have to agree with Danox.

        While indeed in the past there was great incentive to turbocharge Mac hardware beyond the restricted offerings coming out of Apple, Cook has so ignored the business that hacking isn’t worth the effort. macOS no longer runs circles around Windows and the best high end software is Windows native, so all the time spent attempting to run macOS is becoming just a fun educational exercise.

        Macs, regardless of the label, are now all designed primarily for fashion, then single core snappiness, and sheer continuous supercomputer level processing power is not even offered. Jobs thought differently back in the day:

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