Apple unveiled improved iMac versions last week, and what’s apparently an early benchmark score indicates that a top-tier model will be up to 75 percent faster than its predecessor in everyday use.
That’s not surprising, given the newer Intel processor.
2019 iMac benchmarks
An entry for an “iMac19,1” appears in Primate Labs’ Geekbench 4 website. This computer has the Intel Core i9-9900K processor that debuted last fall. This chip has a base frequency of 3.6GHz, and it sports 8 cores. These specs are consistent with a version of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display unveiled March 19.
The multi-core score for this version of the iMac is 33,713. For comparison, the top-tier iMac from mid-2017 has a multi-core score of 18,945, according to Primate Labs. Of course, the new model is still well behind the best iMac Pro from 2017, which came in at 47,763.
The iMac19,1 pulled in a 6314 single-core score, up from the 5263 of the 2017 iMac model.
Geekbench 4 tests to see how devices perform in everyday tasks. It doesn’t specialize in graphics performance.
More about the iMac update
Thanks to last week’s refresh of the iMac lineup, the 27-inch, 5K machine is available with ninth-generation Intel chips with up to eight cores. Apple asks $1,799 for the base model.
The 21.5-inch, 4K model unveiled in mid-March features eighth-generation Intel chips with up to six cores. Prices start at $1,299.
Either can be configured with Radeon Pro Vega graphics. It’s not known if the device in the Geekbench 4 tests had this optional upgrade.