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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.

61.0

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

91.3

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

95.0

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

96.7

   

*Customize to build model.

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

MathematicaMark 9

Mac model

Result (score)

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

3.13

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

3.08

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

3.04

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

3.24

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

8.13

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

3.72

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

2.65

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

3.01

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

2.98

   

*Customize to build model.

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Parallels 9-PCMark 8 Office

iMac model

Result (seconds)

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

2009

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

1959

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

1779

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

1589

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

3338

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

3512

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

1788

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

1850

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

1622

   

*Customize to build model.

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1280-by-720

Mac model

Heaven 1280x720

Valley 1280x720

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

97.73

76.23

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

49.69

48.25

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

43.02

41.09

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

37.16

28.69

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

103.70

80.30

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

90.46

80.84

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

81.73

57.98

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

29.25

42.11

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

32.12

40.36

     

*Customize to build model.

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

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1920-by-1080

Mac model

Heaven 1920x1080

Valley 1920x1080

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

29.02

30.02

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

 

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