Anand Lal Shimpi har gjort ett utförligt jämförande test mellan iMac G5 och iMac Core Duo. Mycket matnyttig läsning som börjar med en smart redogörelse för Apples strategi vad gäller tidpunkt och tillvägagångssätt för skiftet till Intels processorarkitektur.

”With limited supplies, all of Intel’s partners were limited in what they could bring to market based on Core Duo, and when. That’s why one of Intel’s strongest partners, Dell, made their first Core Duo product a higher priced 17″ model that would sell in lower quantities than a lower priced mainstream solution. And it’s also a big reason why Apple’s first Intel based products are what they are, and why we are also not finding the Core Duo in a revamped $400 Mac mini today.”

Anands test ger en väldigt bra bild av iMacs prestanda vid en mängd olika arbetsuppgifter. Med reservation för snålt tilltaget minne och långsam, minneskrävande Rosettaemulering blir slutomdömet riktigt positivt.

”So much has changed since I started using Macs on a regular basis just a year and a half ago. Apple has done a tremendous job of really fleshing out their own software suite; from improving their pro applications to molding iLife and iWork into truly indispensable applications, Apple is quickly become a very vertical provider of everything you could want to do with one of their computers. It is because of Apple’s vertical nature as a software provider to the Mac platform that they were able to begin this Intel transition so very well.”

Som tillägg kan meddelas att Apple nu sänkt priset på återstående iMac G5 som snart kommer att vara borta ur sortimentet.