iMac 2017 Update: Apple's Desktop To Boast AMD Ryzen GPU For Power Savings; Possible Release Slated In March [VIDEO]
There have been a lot of speculations about the upcoming iMac 2017 but Apple Inc. has remained tight-lipped about the impending desktop. Recently, it was believed that the Cupertino-based company will dump Intel Kaby Lake chipset in favor of AMD Ryzen for power efficiency.
According to Architosh, the upcoming iMac 2017 might be equipped with AMD Ryzen chipset as it has proven not just the performance but also the power efficiency. As a matter of fact, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X just set a new world record in a benchmark testing.
It was also noted that Apple Inc. is now living with the philosophy of less energy consumption over maximum performance. With this, it really seems that AMD is aligned with the Cupertino-based company's values making it suited for the iMac 2017.
The recently released AMD RYZEN 7 chip lineup encompassed three new chips namely; the 1800X, 1700X, and 1700. These chipsets roughly contend with Intel's i7 line comprising of the i7-6900K, i7-6800K, and i7-7700K, correspondingly. These three processors from Intel were believed to offer similar performance with that of the AMD Ryzen Lineup but the latter consumes lesser energy.
The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X both require TDP's (thermal design points) of 95W (watts) equated to 140W for its competitor Intel i7. This results to 30% savings in power consumption. It was also worth mentioning that the AMD Ryzen chipsets are a way cheaper compared with Intel's processors.
When it comes with the iMac 2017 release date, PC Advisor noted that the upcoming desktop from Apple may make its first appearance this month. As for the price, Best Buy hinted that the 27-inch iMac with 32GB of RAM and a 2TB Fusion Drive might be tagged at $3,199.99. This seems to be a somewhat higher price when compared to current 27-inch iMac with 32GB RAM and a 2TB Fusion Drive.
As of the moment, Apple Inc. hasn't uttered any word yet except that it has a competent desktop in roadmap. With this, patrons who are waiting for the iMac 2017 should keep an eye for further announcements from the company.