Yesterday Apple introduced its first Sandy Bridge based iMacs. Thanks to @siromega I was pointed at iFixit's teardown of the new 21.5-inch iMac, which pointed out that the new system is actually first to use Intel's Z68 chipset - ahead of Intel's official launch of the chipset.

 


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mage courtesy iFixit

It's a unique choice for Apple given that Z68 incorporates features that Apple doesn't seem to use in the new iMac (SSD caching, overclocking). But perhaps we will eventually see Apple embrace SSD caching in future models?

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  • vision33r - Thursday, May 05, 2011 - link

    So that's how Apple proceeded production without delays. Reply
  • ltcommanderdata - Thursday, May 05, 2011 - link

    This isn't the first Apple first dibs treatment with Sandy Bridge. Apple bypassed the SATA problem in the Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros that launch earlier by getting first dibs on the fixed B3 stepping of the H67. They are now getting first dibs on the Z68, presumably because they wanted the additional SSD caching and QuickSync/discrete GPU support. Reply
  • Dr.Kamiya - Thursday, May 05, 2011 - link

    Over here in South East Asia we've had the Gigabyte Z68-UD7 in stores for almost a week now. Reply
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