AMD has been having a bit of a renaissance over the past few years. With their 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, they have the most powerful desktop processors. And with the launch of their Ryzen 4000 series for laptops, they also now have the best mobile processors. The PC community has been delighted with the increased competition in the processor market, and many have been hoping for AMD to do the same in the graphics card space, with their Radeon series.
Apple fans have also been eagerly waiting for an iMac design overhaul. Apple’s all-in-one computers have had the same design for a long time with a big chin at the bottom and thick bezels all around the display. They did not get a design overhaul with Apple’s latest refresh of its 27-inch iMac, but it did bring some interesting internal upgrades.
The processors have been updated to Intel’s latest 10th Gen Comet Lake processors. The 720p webcam has also been upgraded to a higher-resolution 1080p HD webcam. SSDs are now standard across the line, with the base configuration starting at 256GB. The display is now a 5K Retina display with True Tone Technology.
The 27-inch iMacs will now also be configured with AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series GPUs. These powerful GPUs should enable a wide variety of graphically intensive applications and workloads. The GPUs have been built on an industry-leading 7nm process and contain the advanced RDNA graphics architecture. They can have up to 40 compute units and up to 16GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory. According to Apple, all this translates to up to 55% better performance compared to the previous generation.
Overall, we can see that the latest refresh makes the 27-inch iMac a powerful machine. The upgraded webcam should help with the now frequent video calls. But those who want a completely new design will have to wait a bit more.