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iMac cranked up with Thunderbolt!

Apple has recently released its newest series of iMac lineups. The surprising thing about these is that they are fitted with the latest technology, the ‘Thunderbolt’ high speed I/O ports. It thrashes even the USB 3.0 standard which is the latest in technology. If you have not read our review about the USB 3.0 here it is USB 3.0 to power a new era.

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Thunderbolt had already made its debut in Macbook Pro this year, now Apple has integrated the Thunderbolt ports even in its 21.5 inch and 27 inches iMacs. Apple is not only upgrading its ports but also its internal hardware, revamping the whole system. With the Thunderbolt, comes (wait for it) the Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ second generation Quad Core i5 and i7 CPUs also dont forget the AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 6970M graphics card. After a complete overhaul of the iMac, imagine what the price tag will be?

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Here is a complete featurelist of what the iMac will be withholding together:

21.5 inch                                   27 inch

1920×1080 pixel IPS panel            2560×1440 pixel IPS display

2.5GHz QUAD-CORE Core i5 CPU           3.1 GHz QUAD-CORE Core i5 CPU

AMD Radeon HD 6750M         AMD Radeon HD 6970M

500GB HDD           1TB HDD

1 Thunderbolt port       2 Thunderbolt ports

4 USB 2.0 ports

Firewire 800 port

Gigabit Ethernet

Facetime HD webcam

PRICE TAG: $1,199           $1,999

The above specifications are factory installed configuration. However you can configure your PC parts while ordering, such as add a new Graphics card or upgrade your CPU to an i7. Also according to the latest news from AppleInsider you can remove the existing Graphics card and install a new one later without the need to replace the whole logic board.

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With the enormous addition of Thunderbolt ports, Apple has already made a statement. Thunderbolt ports are believed to be twice as faster than USB 3.0 ports. Delivering a classic 10Gbps data transfer speeds, Thunderbolt has flushed the USB 3.0 down the drain. Also the new integration of Facetime HD gives users the capability to video call through other Apple devices such as iPhone’s and iPad’s.

iMac-Lineup-Refreshed

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USB 3.0 to power a new era

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AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is all set to release its new USB 3.0 integrated chipsets this year. USB 3.0 is codenamed SuperSpeed USB. It was rumored that AMD will release its USB 3.0 functionality in the Hudson D1 Laptops but the latest news from CNET suggests that AMD will incorporate USB 3.0 in its A75 and A70M Fusion chipsets.

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The computers you are using today, be it a desktop, laptop or a notebook, all are powered with USB 2.0 ports! USB 2.0 has been with us from over a decade now. It has already become outdated in the industry, and with the new generation’s increasing demands USB 3.0 has come to rescue us. With improved speed and quality, here is a short featurelist what USB 3.0 has got new for us: 

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→ USB 3.0 offers a bidirectional throughput speed of upto 10 times faster compared to the USB 2.0. Now that is some significant increase.

→ USB 3.0 has a power increase too, giving out an awesome 900mA compared to 500mA in USB 2.0.

→ USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 i.e. it can also be used with USB 2.0 devices. USB 3.0 Hi-SpeedAlthough intel is rumored to release its Thunderbolt (Interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer) integrated chipsets in the early 2012, it is not yet confirmed and maybe further delayed which would mean a lot of waiting time. As for the good news AMD is talking with Renesas Electronics to fabricate and release their USB 3.0 enabled chipset anytime in the fourth-quarter of this year. Already two major companies, Renesas and Fresco Logic are producing USB 3.0 enabled host controllers certified by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum). If AMD does manage to ship out the new chipsets housing USB 3.0 ports, it would be a bad news for intel as that would mean more AMD sales and less intel sales!

USB 3.0 Devices Please comment as to how you feel about the new 3.0 in the market! Do you think intel will again manage to outrun its rival AMD or this time AMD will emerge as a winner?