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A new ERA… June 16, 2008

Posted by idebian in Apple, Hardware.

I am back online and a new era is going to start …

After spending a couple of months trying to configure the ATI HD2600 under Linux (for 3D and H264 video) … I just gave up.
Sorry for this guys but … I think I will never buy an ATI card again if they don’t fix this situation. ATI’s Linux support really sucks!

Anyway, back in March Apple presented the new iMAC family which spotted a top level machine with the nVidia 8800 GS chipset equipped with 512MB of RAM: that was something I couldn’t miss!!!
On last Saturday I trade my “old” iMAC for such a new “Siluro” (torpedo in Italian) and here we start again with iDebian.

The new hardware is pretty much the same as the previous one (24″ 2.4GHz iMac) with some notable exceptions:

Processor & Memory
  • Chipset: Intel P965 (Broadwater)
  • FSB: 1066MHz
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8435 (3.06GHz)
  • Cache: 6MB shared L2 cache
  • RAM: 4GB (2×2GB) 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM 0(PC2-6400)
Graphics and Video
  • GPU: nVidia 8800GS with 512MB GDDR3 memory
  • Webcam: Built-in iSight (connected on USB)
  • Display: 24″ 1920×1200 (52×32 cm)
  • Other: Mini-DVI output port (Supports: DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video)
  • Hard disk: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB S-ATA2 16MB cache 7200rpm (WD5000AAKS-40YGA1)
  • Optical disk: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-K06A – 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Chipset: Intel HD Audio integrated (Realtek ALC885)
  • Other: Built-in stereo speakers with 24-watt digital amplifier, built-in microphone
  • Ethernet: Marvell Yukon 88E8058 Gigabit
  • Wireless: Broadcom BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Broadcom BCM2045B2)
  • IR: Apple remote (via USB receiver)
  • USB: Intel ICH8 USB EHCI (3 USB 2.0)
  • Firewire: Agere Systems 5901 (1 FireWire 400, 1 FireWire 800 – 7 watts each)
  • Height: 52.0cm
  • Width: 56.9cm
  • Depth: 20.7cm
  • Weight: 11.5Kg

I really think the new model features are worth the higher price!

Among all, the most important part is the nVidia card: this is actually a nVidia 8800M GT (G92M with a 256 bit memory bus) with 512MB GDDR3 RAM. The Apple name probably derives from the chip clock speed which is the same as the 8800GS (500MHz).

The 3.06GHz Core2Duo has been released by Intel exclusively for Apple and is a Penryn core (45nm, 35W TDP) which introduces a 1066MHz FSB, a 6MB L2 shared cache and the new SSE4 instruction set.

The RAM gained the 800MHz bus speed and the hard drive has both more capacity (500GB) and a bigger cache (16MB).

As in the previous case, here after the output of some of the most known (Linux, of course) utilities:

lspci output

lsusb output

cpuinfo output

It seems we now have a serious platform to play with 😉

Coming-up next: The triple boot installation process with Mac OSX, Debian Lenny and Windows Vista!

Stay tuned!



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