Apple has started shipping its 3.4GHz i7 iMac with a 256GB Solid State Drive, reports MacRumors.
Macworld recently benchmarked this computer as the fastest Mac they've ever tested. Even faster than the current Mac Pros.
This $2699 BTO iMac takes the top-of-the-line standard configuration iMac—a $1999 27-inch 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core model with a 1TB 7200-rpm hard drive—and replaces the processor and hard drive. The upgrade to a 3.4GHz Core i7 adds $200 to the price. And the 256GB SSD is an extra $500.
The 27-inch 3.4GHz Core i7 iMac with SSD is the fastest Mac we've tested. The previous Speedmark 6.5 record holder was a build-to-order Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz Xeon Westmere six-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a price of $4074. Add a 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display and the price jumps to $5073.
The video below shows the new iMac opening all its standard apps at record speed. Take a look!