We’ve received four configurations of the 21.5″ and four configurations of the 27″ machines so far. The quad core i5 and i7 machines aren’t due out till later this month. Between the advancements in Snow Leopard and adding additional memory to these computers, they sure can go fast!
In fact – we found up to a 46% performance boost by installing the OWC 16GB Memory Upgrade Kit versus the factory installed 4GB.
We’ve run the machines through a rigorous battery of benchmark tests to test not only the pure processing speed of these machines, but also show what adding OWC memory to the setup can do. Additionally, the different video card options have also been pitted against each other, so if you haven’t purchased your iMac yet, we now offer a definitive tool for making an informed decision on which graphics card to order. Both of the Radeon HD options prove to generate twice the gaming frame rates than the Nvidia equipped model. Not too shabby!
Unlike the prior generation of iMacs, these models have a total of four DDR3 memory slots. You can add an additional 4GB kit and have 8GB total or an 8GB kit and have 12GB total without removing the standard factory 4GB.
Should you want to max the memory up to 16GB, you will need to take out those original modules. While Apple officially supports up to 16GB in all the new iMac models, they only offer up to 8GB in the 21.5″ model. Not only does OWC offer you the options for up to 16GB total, but even if you just need an additional 4GB, we’ll save you 50% compared to the same installed by Apple.
The results make our company mantra ring true. “More Memory = Faster Mac!”
As additional machines are run through the same tests, they will appear on the same page as our overall goal is to have every Snow Leopard compatible machine tested using the same process.