iMac: Now up to 3.06 GHz

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Apple Computer

The iMac has been an icon of Apple’s computer line for years; the new iMac takes that tradition of style and quality and adds a dramatic, powerful punch with the addition of new features, new technology and an amazing new design. It’s truly the “all-in-one for everyone.” In addition, the price is much less than one would expect (or at least those PC users).

So, what makes the new iMac so impressive? Let’s take a quick look at the improvements, starting with the all new look of the apple computer.

Once upon a time, the iMac was a white, polycarbonate machine that appealed to some, though not all, of Apple’s customers. The new iMac is something different altogether. The sleek, modern aluminum case is a thing of real beauty. It exudes style and power and is crafted from a single sheet of aluminum, which means no screws or bolts in view. Combine that look with the fact that all of the hardware is integrated into the monitor case (for space saving) and you have a look that is unique on today’s market.

What else is new with the iMac? The Intel Core 2 Duo Processors pack a bigger punch than older Apple machines. With up to 3.06 GHz worth of power, these workhorse processor chips provide much more computing power for the serious user. The addition of Intel to the Apple lineup has been a great improvement over older models and provides far more than standard operation.

Standard on board memory is another area in which the new iMac generation has improved. With up to 2 GB of standard onboard memory, the iMac runs faster than ever before, though you can configure them with much more, if that’s your desire. You can decided to get one with two SO-DIMM slots to support up to 8GB of memory. The hard drive capacity has also been increased. The iMac now offers three different hard drives. A 320GB hard drive is standard with optional 640GB or 1TB hard drives for expanded hard drive space.

The OS of the new iMac is Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, billed as the world’s most advanced operating system. Whether it blows past other OS’s out there or not, Leopard does not disappoint. The other software additions, such as iLife and iWork make this software solution one of the best on the planet. The iMac also has great NVIDIA graphics cards available and video support for premium movie watching.

So, how does the iMac stack up with real consumers? To find out, just try to find a real negative review of the machine. With astounding reliability and performance that a PC just cannot touch, this new machine is a winner with Apple lovers the world over.

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Intel Drops Prices on Desktop PC Processors and Launches New Models

Last Thursday, DigiTimes reported they got wind from sources from motherboard manufacturers that Intel is going to drop prices 10-20% on several desktop PC processors. They also announced that Intel plans to launch new desktop PC processors later this year.

This is good news for anyone looking to buy desktops. If you just wait a few more weeks, you can save up to 20%! That’s even if you’re looking to buy top-of-the-line hp desktops.

The reason is, if they are cutting processor prices and launching new PC processors, then prices of current desktops with “old” processors will be driven down by the market. Now when I say “old” they aren’t really old, obviously, but they aren’t the newest, fastest processors out there anymore. This is the perfect scenario to buy any tech product; get it while it’s discounted the most and still a fabulous product and value.

Here’s the schedule as released by DigiTimes:

Intel: Desktop CPU price schedule, April-July 2009 (US$)

CPU

Old Price

New price

Reduction

April 19

Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz)

N/A

183

N/A

Core 2 Quad Q8400S (2.66GHz)

N/A

245

N/A

Core 2 Quad Q9300

266

213

19.92%

Core 2 Quad Q9550S

369

320

13.28%

Core 2 Quad Q9400S

320

277

13.44%

Core 2 Quad Q8200S

245

213

13.06%

May 31

Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)

N/A

999

N/A

Core i7-950 (3.06GHz)

N/A

562

N/A

Core 2 Duo E7600

N/A

133

N/A

Pentium Dual-Core E6300

N/A

84

N/A

Celeron Dual-Core E1600

N/A

53

N/A

July 19

Core 2 Quad Q8300

183

163

10.93%

Core 2 Duo E7500

133

113

15.04%

Pentium Dual-Core E5400

84

74

11.90%

Pentium Dual-Core E5300

74

64

13.51%

Celeron Dual-Core E1500

53

43

18.87%