New iMacs Arrive with Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge Processors

5 05 2011

We’ve had rumors that new iMacs would be arriving this week, sporting Intel Sandy Bridge processors, and this morning they showed up, looking the same on the outside, but with several new upgrades inside, including the new Thunderbolt data port.

As before, there are two screen sizes, 21.5-inch (1920 x 1080) and 27-inch (2560 x 1440). On the smaller machine you get a choice between a 2.7 GHz i5 processor or a 2.8 GHz i7, 4 or 8 GB of RAM and 1 or 2TB hard drives. There’s also an option for a 256GB solid state drive. You can pair up both a regular drive and an SSD, if you wish. Graphics are provided by an AMD Radeon HD 6750M or 6770M with 512MB. Prices for the 21.5-inch start at $1199.

For those with an appetite for more screen real estate and beefier internals (and the budget to cover them), the 27-inch offers 3.1 GHz i5 or 3.4 GHz i7 processors and adds a 16GB memory option. Hard drive choices are the same as the smaller model. The larger model also bumps graphics up to an AMD Radeon 6970M with 1 or 2GB options. The 27-inch models are priced at $1699 and up.

Both models add the new Thunderbolt data port (one on the 21.5-inch, two on the 27-inch) and a new HD camera for your FaceTime enjoyment.

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