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Late 2013 iMac review: Faster than before, but the gains over previous models are modest

James Galbraith | Jan. 17, 2014
Back in October, we reviewed the new $1299 entry-level iMac, the first of the new iMac models that we could get our hands on. Regrettably, it took us a while to get the other three standard-configuration iMacs in the Macworld Lab to test. We finally took a good look at the rest of Apple's iMac line.

11.11

13.32

iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013)

10.57

12.40

iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013)

7.17

5.23

Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)*

31.50

31.70

iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)*

24.62

26.98

iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012)

16.23

25.01

iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012)

3.04

4.98

iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012)

3.12

5.84

     

*Customize to build model.

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 OpenGL

Mac model

Result (score)

Mac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013)

81.06

iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2013)

63.2

iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013)

55.0

iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2013)

29.21

Mac Pro/3.0GHz (eight-core, Late 2013)*

87.4

iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013)*

90.17

iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012)

60.76

iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core, Late 2012)

53.98

iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core, Late 2012)

52.56

   

*Customize to build model.

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

 

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