Apple iMacs Finally Refreshed With 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs And Add Radeon Vega GPU Options
With today’s update, Apple is bringing some significant processor and GPU upgrades to the 21.5-inch and 27-inch variants of the iMac. Given nearly two years between upgrades, you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Apple has fitted its base 21.5-inch iMac ($1,299) with an 8th generation 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, which are backed with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon Pro 555X.
For $1,499, you’ll get an 8th generation hexa-core Core i5 along with a 1TB Fusion drive and a Radeon Pro 560X. Standalone options at this configuration include a 3.2GHz Core i7 ($200) and a Radeon Vega 20 ($350). With a maxed-out processor, GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, you’re looking at $2,549.
If the larger 27-inch iMac is more to your liking, you’ll start off at $1,799 with a 3GHz hexa-core Core i5 with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion drive and a Radeon Pro 570X. The step-up preconfigured option runs $2,299 and includes a 3.7GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2TB Fusion drive and a Radeon Pro 580X. Like the smaller 21.5-inch iMac, there are a few standalone options including a Core i9 processor ($400), a Radeon Vega 48 ($450) and a 512GB SSD ($100).
Apple will begin shipping its refreshed 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs later this month.