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Friday, September 15, 2006
 
MacWorld Benchmarks 2.33GHz iMac Core 2 Duo
7:04 AM | Evan Holt | 4 comments

MacWorld has posted a review of the new 2.33GHz iMac Core 2 Duo.

You would expect an iMac powered by the fastest Core 2 Duo chip available to outperform iMacs with lesser clock speeds. And that was certainly the case when we ran our benchmark testing on Apple’s build-to-order iMac Core 2 Duo with a 2.33GHz processor—it easily beat its fellow Core 2 Duo models as well as an older Intel-based iMac running on a 2GHz Core Duo chip.

But what you might not expect is for that high-end consumer machine to beat out a professional tower powered by two dual-core chips in Macworld Lab tests. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what happened—the 2.33GHz iMac Core 2 Duo edged past the 2GHz Mac Pro. Granted, that’s not the standard Mac Pro configuration—that model comes with two 2.66GHz processors—but it’s still impressive to see a dual-core consumer machine outperform a quad-core desktop aimed at professionals.

The benchmarks include two 24" iMacs in build-to-order configurations with a 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. These two iMacs also have a NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT and NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT graphics card.

Of the numerous tests, Unreal Tournament 2004 is used for game benchmarking. At a resolution of 1024 x768, the top of the line iMac has a average framerate of 83.6 and at a resolution of 1680 x1050 it has an average framerate of 77.7.

To see the full benchmark and commentary from James Galbraith of MacWorld, follow the link below.

MacWorld: 2.33GHz iMac Core 2 Duo comes out ahead


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