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What to expect performance wise on 21.5" iMac?

by niffffffff / July 9, 2011 8:38 AM PDT

I'm thinking of purchasing a 21.5" iMac specs:
Core 2 duo 3.06GHz
Radeon 4670
Snow leopard.
I just wanted to know what kind of performance I can expect for gaming, I'm not looking for the iMac to run all games on Max settings. I was hoping it would be able to run most games on at least medium settings?

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(NT) And it will
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 9, 2011 8:55 AM PDT
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by niffffffff / July 9, 2011 8:59 AM PDT
In reply to: And it will

(NT)? :/

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NT = No Text
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 10, 2011 3:46 AM PDT
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"I was hoping it would be able to run most games on at least medium settings?"

And it will.

However, I believe you have your specs wrong.

There is not a Core 2 duo 3.06Ghz to be had at the Apple store.

The current 21.5" iMac has a Quad Core processor running at 2.5, 2.7 or 2.8Ghz.
The 2.8Ghz processor is an i7 while the others are the i5.

The graphics are Radeon HD 6750M or 6770M, each with 512MB of RAM

Either way, my original answer still stands.

Where are you expecting to purchase this iMac from and is it less than $1199?


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iMac 21.5 issues
by senseiruss / July 12, 2011 5:29 AM PDT

I have two of these -- immaculately well-maintained and virus-protected. I make two back ups (each) weekly. One, that I've had no problems whatsoever with, just yesterday, had the internal HD die. Unrecoverable. It worked like a charm before this happened. Luckily, I have cloned, bootable backups of all data. I love this machine, I just got unlucky!

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quick correction here
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 12, 2011 6:48 AM PDT
In reply to: iMac 21.5 issues

Not only does the drive have to be by the same manufacturer, it has to be Apple branded.

However, these drives are only on the newer iMac's which would not seem to apply to the Original Poster as they are speaking of an iMac that currently is not for sale.


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Low power GPU
by JB2957 / August 14, 2011 4:49 PM PDT

The radeon 4670 is as far as I know a lower model graphics card, the rest of your hardware is easily up to par.
Id say it can handle average 3d graphics at a decent frame rate but dont expect clear textures and higher frame rates without being choppy. Medium settings should bring acceptable quality with that card.
Ive personally only used a 5000 series radeon but with a dual core 2.2 and i was able to play games like left 4 dead 2 on acceptable quality without being choppy.

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A great machine!
by MATTS9999 / August 25, 2011 11:43 PM PDT

I use a similar setup and it runs most modern games with very little lag....also I use processor huingry applications like Pro Tools for with lots of plug ins and have been very pleased with the results. A great machine.



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