With a new computer, as always, there are new benchmark tests. Primate Labs has just posted a summary of iMac benchmarks. The performance increase of the latest iMac are decent.
Compared to previous models
The analysis focuses on the 21.5-inch models, as the 27-inch models are not launching for several more weeks, and the latest high-end 21.5-inch model scores nearly 25% higher than its 2011 counterpart and even bests the high-end 27-inch model from last year by nearly 10%.
We love to see progress in the iMac over time. It really is getting better every year. What is more interesting is how it stacks up against the other products.
Compared to other Mac desktops
The report also compares the iMac to the Mac Mini and Mac Pro. The comparison shows that the high-end Mac Mini is very similar to the 21.5” iMac.
What’s interesting here, though, is how the quad-core Core i5 iMacs perform compared to the quad-core Core i7 Mac minis. Since Core i7 has hyper-threading technology (and the Core i5 does not), it can execute more instructions at once, leading to higher performance.
Here this means that the mid-range Mac mini is faster than the mid-range iMac that’s almost twice the price. True, you do get a display and a discrete GPU with the iMac, but these Geekbench results show how powerful the new Mac mini is despite its size.