Apple’s latest 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs have shipped and many have already arrived in Canada and the US. Primate Labs has released some Geekbench data to help users take a look at the performance results from both computers. The benchmark measures processor and memory performance.
The new 27″ iMacs were first compared to last year’s equivalent models, and showed a 13-19% increase in performance (thanks to the new Ivy Bridge processors) as shown below:
How did the new 27″ iMacs compare against the new 21.5″ iMacs? The performance differences are minimal. Only the entry level 27″ iMac is noticeably faster (by 13%) compared to the similar entry level 21.5″ iMac. The rest of the 27″ models are only a smidgeon faster than their equivalent smaller 21.5″ iMacs by 3-4%.
Should you buy the 21.5″ iMac or 27″ iMac? John Poole, the founder of Primate Labs explains:
Unless you’re looking at the low-end models, processor performance isn’t different enough to recommend one over the other. Which Mac you purchase will come down to personal preferences. Do you want a bigger screen with a more powerful GPU? Or do you want a smaller screen that takes up less space? Either way, regardless of which iMac you choose, you’ll be happy with its performance.
Did you order the new iMac? How are you liking it so far?
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Apple’s new iMacs were made available for ordering tonight in Canada and the USA, but our friends down under in Australia and Japan got early dibs on the new redesigned iMac. The first unboxing, teardown and Geekbench scores have now hit the web.
Japanese site kodawarisan has posted the first teardown of the new 21.5″ iMac:
Here is also a video of the new 21.5″ iMac inside an Apple Store in Japan (you can see thin edges thanks to the friction stir welding technique):
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Primate Labs has posted about iPad mini benchmarks showing up in Geekbench from five different models of the smaller iPad. Considering the iPad mini uses the same A5 processor found in the iPad 2, the results aren’t surprising at all, with a score coming in at 745.
Check it out below:
The iPad 2 fares slightly better than the iPad mini, but it’s pretty much on par for the A5 processor, with the A5X in the iPad 3 edging out the bunch.
When compared to the latest A6X processor in the 4th generation iPad, the latter is more than twice as fast as the iPad mini. Recently, Primate Labs also posted benchmarks of the iPad 4 revealing the A6X running dual cores at 1.4GHz.
Here’s how the iPad mini compares to the latest iOS devices according to the Geekbench iOS benchmarks page–its score surpasses the iPhone 4S and the latest 5th generation iPod touch:
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We continue to learn small portions of what the A6 CPU in the iPhone 5 contains, but a recent GeekBench report shows nearly everything about the A6 CPU that we need to know. The benchmarks have exposed a Dual-Core 1.02GHz ARMv7 processor and 1 GB of RAM.
The iPhone 4S was clocked at 800MHz, just beneath the clocked 1.02GHz on the iPhone 5. In addition the iPhone 5 contains 512 MB more RAM than its predecessor.
When the iPhone 5 was scored by Geekbench, it was given a whopping 1601! If you aren’t familiar with these scores, the iPhone 4S averaged a 629 and the iPad 3 averaged 766. If you recall, Apple said this new iPhone would double the speed of the 4S. This one Geekbench result proves the iPhone 5 more than doubled its predecessors speed.
If this Geekbench result is true, the iPhone 5 will actually be the fastest smartphone on the market. If you click here, or view the chart below, you can view the results for the top rated Android phones. The Galaxy S3 cuts the results close, but the iPhone 5 has a slight lead:
We’ve just discussed all the basic details of the iPhone 5 benchmarks, but if you would like to get down and dirty with the results, AnandTech has a full breakdown.
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