Apple’s Intel iMac review

By Derek Sooman on February 5, 2006, 3:04 AM
I was pleased to hear about Apple's move to Intel; it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. But how do Intel based Macs perform? Stuffmag have a quick and easily digestable review of one of the systems, where they outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of the new platform. Are Apple's claims that the Intel iMac runs at up to three times the speed of the G5 model true? How quick is startup? How does non-Apple software such as Adobe Photoshop perform? All will be revealed.




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djleyo said:
When i hear about his partnership i couldnt find a reason apple has some good machines all i know is they should have gone with AMD
DragonMaster said:
Well Intel was losing marketshare and I'm sure that they gave Apple a bit of $$$ to make them use Intel processors.
Need_a_Dell said:
I've heard many things through the grapevine about the new Intel based Macs, so I'm not quite sure of what to make of this. I've heard that the systems will definitely be working a little more up to it's speculated par once programs geared to this hardware is released. Until I see it, I can't really say much about the new Intel based Mac. I will give it this though, fingers crossed for Apple!
MonkeyMan said:
Wow, if that statement is true, the new imac is one monster machine. I believe that the new imac would be so fast, that it could probably boot up instantly. Well, I hope the disadvantages don't outweigh the advantages.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Wow, if that statement is true, the new imac is one monster machine. I believe that the new imac would be so fast, that it could probably boot up instantly.[/quote]I doubt very much that it can boot instantly, it's just half the time it was taking before(Still long).What I read about Apple's change to Intel was that IBM prefered to make CPUs for video game consoles rather than Macs.(They sell less Macs than consoles I guess...)
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]25 and 100% faster.[/quote]That is a large margin of error.....ok, so i'm biased, i don't like apple....But nyway, ok, mabye it's fast, but macs(from the time i've actually looked) are alot more expensive. Some people have said that they are more stable than windows platforms,of course, i don't really know. And is this switch to intel really the best move??? Mabye it is a good move, to try a new technology(well in a way)...but AMD would be a better choic, at least i would think. Ok, so they know what they are doing, that is just my opinion though. Anyway, competion is good, for both consumers on both sides, and this should give Intel a little something to fall back on now that they may be losing Dell as a customer. So, good for them that their new machine "flew well".
sjps220 said:
I agree with the last line of the review: "...might want to wait for their software to be rewritten for Intel before upgrading" I don't think I'd buy an apple, but if I was to get one I would definitely wait a while to see how well the transition to intel chips goes before I got one. and nathan, I don't think that intel is losing dell as a customer. I'm sure the majority of their machines will still ship with Intel chips. It may change in the future but I think as long as intel makes chips, Dell will use them in at least some of their machines. Regardless of that, I agree that it will probably prove to be good for Intel since I think macs are growing in popularity.
asphix said:
[b]Originally posted by djleyo:[/b][quote]When i hear about his partnership i couldnt find a reason apple has some good machines all i know is they should have gone with AMD[/quote]AMD has better gaming performance. Intel has a relatively better featureset on their chips. Apple has never been strong in the gaming department, so why would they go after a primarily gaming performance chip when they can choose one with a better featureset? The move makes sense to me.
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