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Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006)

Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006)
alaScore 83

246 reviews

Aug, 2014

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Apple iMac Core Duo 17-inch

 

Following Apple's master plan to move all computer systems to Intel processors by the end of 2006, Apple's new 17″ iMac with Intel Core Duo processors replaces the 17″ G5-based iMac. Unlike the dramatic move from iBook to MacBook, there is no iMac...

Superior design; quiet; relatively fast; built in iSight camera

Only comes with an 8X SuperDrive; Lags in iPhoto

I feel confident saying that the 17" Intel iMac is one of the better systems Apple has produced.

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Apple iMac (With 2-GHz Intel Core Duo CPU)

 

Well-priced system shines with apps written for Intel's Core Duo processor, but lacks speed with non-Apple software.

Unique all-in-one with good performance

Very limited upgradeability

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First Tests: PC World Installs Windows XP on a 20-Inch iMac With Boot Camp

 

Our graphics and benchmark tests show similar performance to that of Core Duo notebooks.

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Apple iMac (Intel Core Duo)

 

Casual Mac users will love the new iMac (Intel Core Duo), but professional users or anyone who uses graphics apps like Adobe Photoshop and video-editing software (such as Final Cut Pro) should wait until those tools are updated.

Intel Core Duo dual-core processor. Mini-DVI port for true dual-monitor usage. Front Row software is now peppier

Many applications that are not optimized for Intel will run slower. Classic OS 9 environment no longer available

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Apple iMac Core Duo (20-inch, 2.0GHz)

 

The iMac Core Duo is Apple's first desktop computer to result from the company's partnership with Intel. Combining Intel's new 945GM mobile chipset and the Intel Core Duo processor, the Apple iMac Core Duo marks a significant change for the...

Fast native application performance with Mac OS X; can run Windows via Boot Camp; same core features as the Editors' Choice-winning iMac G5 for the same price; updated iLife '06 digital media software included; faster 3D graphics and memory than the...

Nonnative software runs slowly on Mac OS.

Apple's Intel-based iMac Core Duo boasts an enviable combination of a first-rate design, an impeccable software bundle, and the newfound ability to run Windows in addition to Mac OS X. You simply won't find a more feature-packed, versatile mainstream...

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Apple iMac Desktop (Apple-M8812LLA)

 

The IMac is fun to use and offers a fairly complete hardware and software package, though its closed design means you won''t be able to upgrade it internally. With its limited graphics controller, this isn''t a killer entertainment machine.

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Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review | silentpcreview.com

 

SPCR reader Randy Harris' appraisal of his new 20" iMac, powered by an Intel Core Duo processor, comes on the heels of last week's PR extravaganza at the Spring 2006 Intel Developers Forum and the ensuing tech media frenzy. How does this first product...

If anything I've written about is intriguing to you, I recommend that you give the Mac, particularly the iMac your consideration

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Review: 20-inch iMac Core Duo 2.0GHz

 

I hadn't planned on buying a new desktop computer until the fall, but Apple's iMac update caught me off guard. Suddenly, Apple was selling a computer that seemed to offer the right balance of performance and value to meet the needs of the average...

Great enclosure, excellent display, good dual-binary gaming performance. Huge performance potential

Poor Rosetta performance. Front Row can be unresponsive

One could argue that the iMac is not meant for power users, and that's why Apple transitioned it to Intel first. But cropping images in Photoshop should not cause any dual-2.0GHz machine to slow to a crawl

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They aren't twice as fast, but they're plenty fast at most tasks

 

What's an Intel chip doing in an iMac? Almost exactly the same things PowerPC chips do in older models-just faster on some tasks and, for now, slower on others. Anyone with a recently revved iMac won't have much reason to rush out and buy an iMac Core...

Dual-core ; large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications ; Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs ; elegant, space-saving design ; big, beautiful screen ; built-in iSight ;...

Significant speed penalty for non-native software ; no support for Classic applications ; no productivity software included ; users can no longer do routine hardware repairs

Over time, as programs are updated, the Intel-based iMacs should gain a wider performance lead over their PowerPC-based predecessors. If you're thinking of buying now, stop to consider the tradeoffs

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iMac 17" Core Duo

 

The new "Core Duo" iMac is the first Macintosh to ship with Intel Inside. Ars Technica reviews the latest incarnation of the venerable iMac to see how much difference a CPU architecture change can make.

Product Specifications

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6.8in/7.4in
Height:16.9in/18.6in
Weight:15.4lbs/22lbs
Width:16.8in/19.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in/20in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm/50.8cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900/1680 x 1050
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:Canada / United States/France/Italy/United Kingdom
Localization:English/French/Italian
Manufacturer:Apple
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:667MHz

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:8x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.4

Processor

Clock Speed:1.83GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core Duo

RAM

Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon X1600
Interface Type:PCI Express x16