New Low-Cost iMac 40% Slower in Multi-Core, Comparable in Single-Core Benchmarks

June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Following today’s launch of a new entry-level iMac model curiously featuring an ultra-low voltage Intel processor actually used in the MacBook Air, the new iMac appears to have shown up in Geekbench’s benchmarking database.

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As expected, the new machine posts relatively low 32-bit scores of 2820 in single-core mode and 5435 in multi-core mode. These scores are marginally better than the 2476/4690 scores posted by the current-generation MacBook Air running the same chip and actually fairly close to single-core scores from the previous low-end model, which remains available, at 2882.

But where this new low-end iMac unsurprisingly falls far short of the previous low-end model is in multi-core performance, where the older model clocks in at 9204. This major difference is due primarily to the chip used in the new low-end model being a dual-core chip, while the older low-end chip is quad-core.

The new low-end iMac comes in $200 cheaper than the previous entry-level model, but for that savings users will sacrifice some CPU and graphics performance and will have a 500 GB hard drive rather than the 1 TB drive included in the more expensive low-end model.



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://ift.tt/1njMOji

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