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Intel X7900 Core 2 Duo – Upgrading an iMac to a Penryn CPU

Although the attention at this week’s Macworld has been focussed on the impossibly-thin Macbook Air notebook, measuring a scant 1.94cm with the lid closed, we reckon the all-in-one desktop iMac is rife for a makeover, Penryn-style. Mr. Steve Jobs will probably announce such an upgrade in due course, but we’ve beaten him to the punch.

The current iMac, powered by Intel‘s mobile Core 2 Duo processors, ships as an integrated solution featuring either a 20in or 24in panel. The components are integrated into the base, much like laptop’s, and its cool aesthetic has won many over, including our editor-in-chief, David Ross.

Perusing Apple‘s specifications for its range-topping model, currently retailing for £1,459, we see that the lovely 24in model – packing in a 1,920×1,200 resolution – is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo mobile X7900 processor: that’s a 2.8GHz, 800MHz FSB, 65nm dual-core CPU which is equipped with 4MiB L2 cache and a 44W TDP, if you want details. It’s fast, cool, and provides more-than adequate processing power for the vast majority of tasks. Being mobile-oriented, quad-core models aren’t yet in the offing, however.

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Apple, iMac, Mac, Macbook, MacBook Air, Intel, Processor, CPUs, Mobile Processor, X7900, Penryn, Steve Jobs

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