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This is the new May 2011 model that has the Intel Sandy Bridge processors and the new Thunderbolt ports. Apple store price is £1649.00

Spec:

Intel® Core™ i5 processor 3.1 GHz (Quad Core)
4GB RAM
AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5
27" LED-backlit IPS screen (2560 x 1440 res)
1 TB HDD
Built-in stereo speakers
Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
Headphone / optical digital audio output (mini-jack)
Audio line in / optical digital audio input (mini-jack)
Built-in microphone
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
Four USB 2.0 ports
SDXC card slot
Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Audio in/out
10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
IR receiver

Using Topcashback/Quidco will get you a further £42 off. It is also the same price at Amazon.

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2 Likes #1
Unfortunately, I can't afford this kind of money.
1 Like #2
Hot from me. It may be stupid money, but it's a hot deal if you want one and can afford one!
#3
BEAST - HOT
1 Like #4
Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?



Edited By: jg213 on Jun 02, 2011 18:37: noticed something
3 Likes #5
jg213
Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?


It's not just about the specs pal. It's about reliability and instant on and the fact you rarely need to worry about it giving error messages when you need to rely on it. Plus it runs quietly and has a fantastic screen and the wirelees keyboard and mouse look superb and work really well.

If you want a computer just to play the latest games, then get a PC, (then upgrade in 18 months when newer games come out).

If you want a computer for everything else, then a Mac will last for years.
#6
Wicked666
jg213
Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows pricesCurious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?
It's not just about the specs pal. It's about reliability and instant on and the fact you rarely need to worry about it giving error messages when you need to rely on it. Plus it runs quietly and has a fantastic screen and the wirelees keyboard and mouse look superb and work really well. If you want a computer just to play the latest games, then get a PC, (then upgrade in 18 months when newer games come out).If you want a computer for everything else, then a Mac will last for years.

My 16 year old daughter wants an macbook pro for xmas, even though she has a laptop that works just fine, would love to get her one though but Apple computers are just a little bit too expensive for me.
#7
This is an incredible deal for a magnificent beast of a computer. A 27" IPS monitor of the same specification from Dell can run you £700-£750 alone.
1 Like #8
Personally I would buy a refurbished 2010 i7 from Apple for £1289 over this as it's a more powerful machine and £131 cheaper.
1 Like #9
Probably worth holding out for lion now?
#10
softpurple
Personally I would buy a refurbished 2010 i7 from Apple for £1289 over this as it's a more powerful machine and £131 cheaper.

My understanding was the new Sandy Bridge processors were upto 20% faster then the older intel processors, but you could be right seeing as that is a i7 and this is a i5. TBH I haven't really looked at any benchmark results so won't say which is better, but if you are correct then the refurb would be better value (except if you want the thunderbolt ports, which can't actually be used atm)
#11
jg213
Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?



Here is a link that shows that the PC is cheaper but only slightly (it is a tad bit more powerfull too) and that doesn't take into consideration the extra time required to build, test and self support. That price comparison is also being compared to the price you would pay if directly brought from Apple and so this should work out cheaper then an equivalent PC.

Regarding Crysis 2 running on highest settings, I would think it should be able to because it can run Crysis 1 at a respectable 26fps @1920x1080 on the highest settings, and the Crysis 2 sys requirements are less then those of Crysis 1

source: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/desktops/367360/apple-imac-27in-2011

Edited By: KIT786 on Jun 02, 2011 22:22
1 Like #12
this site is such a bad influence on me...if i never looked at it I would be a rich rich man...but I love my MacBook Pro, house full of Sonos Kit, Plasma Tellies, Bloom Baby Chair, Portable Hard Drives, huge garden hammock, Weed Puller, and ..blah blah blah ...way to much

I really dont need one of these...but its gonna look awesome in my family room...have wanted one for ages...now where is that credit card
#13
KIT786

My understanding was the new Sandy Bridge processors were upto 20% faster then the older intel processors, but you could be right seeing as that is a i7 and this is a i5. TBH I haven't really looked at any benchmark results so won't say which is better, but if you are correct then the refurb would be better value (except if you want the thunderbolt ports, which can't actually be used atm)


http://cl.ly/0M2A472w0E0X403n1U0x/iMac_Benchmarks_Early_2011_.jpg

It's quite interesting that the 2009 i7 only scores about 100 points less than this model as well.
#14
I can't seem to add to basket.
Am I missing something?
Matthew
#15
thanks for that piece of info softpurple, frankly makes me wonder what all the fuss was about these new chips then? I remember at the start of the year how all these tech sites were hyping up the new chips, yet don't recall anyone saying they haven't lived upto their expectations!
#16
KIT786
thanks for that piece of info softpurple, frankly makes me wonder what all the fuss was about these new chips then? I remember at the start of the year how all these tech sites were hyping up the new chips, yet don't recall anyone saying they haven't lived upto their expectations!


You're comparing a last gen i7 against a SB i5. As that chart shows the SB i7 is the fastest of the lot by some distance. The refurbed i7 is a BTO version of last years top end machine. The article that chart was taken from states "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".

Also when comparing the two machines its worth noting that your getting a 6970 in the new machine vs a 5750 in terms of graphics which those benchmarks don't take into account. The refurb is a cracking deal too. That's the one to go for if you only need CPU power and this is the one if you want top end graphics too.
#17
To answer myself. There was a glitch at around midnight that stopped the add to basket, but it is now working.
#18
jg213
Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?




The grahics card is slightly slower than an HD6850 1GB in speed and uses the same 960 VLIW5 shader configuration. The iMac is a very nice all in one PC but TBH if you are using a computer to game with I would get a PC as it will be upgradeable. The much faster HD6870 1GB can be had for around £130.

If you want to upgrade the graphics card in the iMac you will need to sell the entire machine too including the screen.

Edited By: KITTYBOTS on Jun 03, 2011 12:19
3 Likes #19
Why the hell has this got a mobile GPU?
1 Like #20
Fantastic discount for a great product, who needs a PC? Heat added…:p
#21
Jaspal989
Why the hell has this got a mobile GPU?


Do you see much room for extreme cooling?
#22
Very good deal. I paid just under that for the lower spec 27" model the day after they launched the 2011 range.
#23
It has a mobile CPU because technically it is a laptop attached to a large screen, saying that this will outperform most computers these days. The best test out there is, install windows on bootcamp, then run a similar spec side by side on a pc, the mac will blow the pc away. All down to component quality.
#24
I would really love one and have been looking at this for a while. Can i justify spending that kind of money though
#25
Jaspal989
Why the hell has this got a mobile GPU?


To reduce heat, power, and most of all, because its a xxxxing computer built into a £800 screen.

Are you seriously suggesting that there should be a 10-12" desktop GPU inside a monitor?

Some people....


Anyway.... yes, it's expensive, but iMacs are arguably the only range of Macs that Apple offer that are value for money, due to the awesome screen, albeit not so awesome for people needing colour accuracy who refuse to work in dark rooms.

£800 screen + desktop cpu + high end mobile gpu + super slim form factor + awesome design (opinion based ofc) is a great deal at £1420. Of course if you don't need the screen, and you want to game at a higher level, go buy some cheap samsung monitor and build your own PC, instead of complaining in a thread to which you have no interest.

Edited By: sigma on Jun 03, 2011 22:55: *swear filter avoidance
2 Likes #26
The heat on this one is fluctuating like a mother******.
#27
It is a great computer, been using a higher spec one since August and not had a single problem.

Worth the money if you can afford it.
banned 3 Likes #28
is this
jg213
are Macs any good for gaming,


Yes it'll play plants vs zombies or angry birds, take your pick :D
#29
Don't forget your Topcashback!!!!!!!3.03percent off this price
#30
JackDeth
is this
jg213
are Macs any good for gaming,


Yes it'll play plants vs zombies or angry birds, take your pick :D

And many other games.

Sure it is not a gaming machine, and should not be purchased as one, but it runs any game that I have wanted to play on it.
#31
What I find amazing, I tried a PC recently again, trawling through the control panel and other menus drove me crazy, its just so long winded for what you get, I have not touched the System Prefs on my mac pretty much since I owned it, the options I need are there and the ones I dont are not!
7 Likes #32
yannarascala
............who needs a PC? …:p


Someone who can't afford to waste £1,420.03 to prove to themselves that they are better than everyone else, perhaps?
1 Like #33
stayed in the mint hotel in manchester recently and they have imac's as standard in all rooms with free wi-fi.
first time ive used an imac and fell in love with it,but price new is a bit steep for me but will be on the lookout for a decent 2nd hand one on ebay
voted HOT if you have the cash
#34
aircanman
... The best test out there is, install windows on bootcamp, then run a similar spec side by side on a pc, the mac will blow the pc away. All down to component quality.



Do you have a source on this?
3 Likes #35
SirNat
yannarascala
............who needs a PC? …:p


Someone who can't afford to waste £1,420.03 to prove to themselves that they are better than everyone else, perhaps?


Shut up and go back to your netbook.

Just because you yourself dont need it doesnt mean its a "waste".

Some people need a computer for more than just facebook/itunes.
#36
Triggster
aircanman
... The best test out there is, install windows on bootcamp, then run a similar spec side by side on a pc, the mac will blow the pc away. All down to component quality.



Do you have a source on this?

My personal experience can back this up.
#37
yannarascala
Fantastic discount for a great product, who needs a PC? Heat added…:p


I do for my games ;)
#38
here is what i saw a couple of days ago in Heathrow T1 Dixons,

Picture: http://imageshack.us/f/819/photosct.jpg/

any good??
#39
Triggster
aircanman
... The best test out there is, install windows on bootcamp, then run a similar spec side by side on a pc, the mac will blow the pc away. All down to component quality.



Do you have a source on this?


Tried it myself, blew the pc away
#40
The U2711 is still a better monitor, its not backlit like the Mac.

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