Apple has been rumored to step up the hardware game for its upcoming iMac models, with the latest rumor stating that these machines are going to be touting server-grade hardware. Though we expect that these models will still be offered in Intel’s latest desktop-grade processors, those who want to rake every ounce of performance can opt to purchase those versions that feature even more powerful internals.
Apple Will Retain the Screen Sizes of Its iMac Family – 27-Inch Will Be the Largest Variant and Can Sport an Intel Xeon Processor and up to 64GB of ECC RAM
The first rumor also stated that Apple’s future iMac models will feature Intel’s Xeon processor coupled with ultra-fast PCIe-based NVMe solid state storage and ECC RAM. The advantage of having ECC RAM present in a computer is that it can detect and repair errors on its own, preventing crashes and data corruption as a result, which is also why they carry a very high price tag.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes, the new machines are going to be hitting the market during the third quarter of 2017. The ECC RAM portion of the iMac can be configured to feature between 16GB to 64GB, but creative professionals will naturally be requiring all of that memory. In addition, the source also states that an Intel Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor will be a part of the hardware. Intel has not introduced such a chip to the market and the closest thing to it is the Xeon E3-1285 v3, which is based on the 22nm architecture (and is no longer being produced).
This particular processor features a total of four cores and eight threads with the base clock speed running at 3.60GHz. We understand that the iMac is going to be a thin AIO so using an extremely powerful chip will mean that the cooling system will not be able to dissipate the heat faster so that’s what the upcoming Mac Pro will be designed to do.
A quad-core processor running on an iMac seems like the ideal configuration and we also believe that Apple will be including Intel’s 7th generation of i5 and i7 processors in the mix.
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