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Apple’s iMac Is Now 2x Faster With AMD Pro Vega Graphics, Intel Core 9th Gen CPU

Apple has updated its iMac line of all-in-one desktop solutions for the first time in nearly two years. The iMac is the more standard model of desktop computers, with the higher-specced iMac Pro targetted at professional users.

As a self-contained all-in-one desktop computer, the iMac is ideal for minimising clutter at home without compromising on performance. Image: Apple

Available in two sizes, the iMac has been upgraded internally to feature the latest Intel 9th generation processors and AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics on some custom models for the first time.

The smaller 21.5-inch iMac with an Intel 8th-generation quad-core processor will now also be available with 6-core processors for the first time also. This enables up to 60% faster performance for users.

It will be available with a choice of 8th Gen quad-core i3 or six-core i5 processor, along with either a Radeon Pro 555X GPU or a Radeon Pro 560X. It can be configured with a custom model to up to a six-core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU. The upgraded graphics enables up to 80% faster graphics performance.

The enhanced graphics performance on the iMac lends itself to graphics-intensive tasks like video editing. Image: Apple

The larger 27-inch iMac now features up to 9th-generation 6- and 8-core processor, which delivers up to 2.4 times faster performance.

At its base configuration, the 27-inch iMac starts with Intel 8th-generation six-core i5 processors. A 9th-generation variant is available on its highest configuration, with the ability to upgrade it to up to eight-core i9 processors.

Graphics on the 27-inch pre-set models are Radeon Pro 570X, 575X and 580X GPUs, with the maximum option for the Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU with 8GB of memory. This enables a 50% bump in graphics performance – perfect for graphics-intensive tasks like 3D content development, video editing and designing high-resolution games.

The 27-inch models come with 8GB of RAM, which is upgradeable up to 64GB, along with up to 3TB fusion storage or 1TB of SSD storage.

Apple’s Retina display on its iMacs delivers colour accurate, high-resolution imagery with the option for 4K or 5K displays. With up to 14.7 million pixels and 1 billion colours, the iMacs deliver 500 nits of brightness with P3 wide colour gamut and wide viewing angles. This makes it ideal for full-res 4K video editing.

Available for order at present, The 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at SGD 1,899, while the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at SGD 2,599. The non-retina display iMac continues to be available at SGD 1,598.


Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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