Apple’s new iMacs have expected under-the-hood improvements: the basic $1,200 20-incher starts with the 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, Radeon HD 2400XT video card and a 250GB hard drive, while the $1,800 24″ model has a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive and a Radeon HD 2600 Pro video card.
Sauciest of all, you can now drop in an optional Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS video card, with 512MB of video memory. The 8800s tore through gaming PCs last year, at least in their capable GTS, GTX and Ultra forms. However, one problem with buying video cards is that they are deceptively marketed using automobile-like alphanumeric designations designed to baffle unsophisticated consumers like me. In other words, the GS edition is a low-end cut that won’t impress hardcore gamers, even if it represents strong forward movement for video performance on “consumer” Macs.
A nudge in the right direction, then, but not a wink. Quo vadis, Apple gamers?