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Unboxing & Teardown: The 27-inch iMac with Nano-Textured Glass [VIDEO]

After ripping apart the previous 2020 iMac about a month ago, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this bad boy. And in it. And under and through. It’s a similar 27-inch machine but features Apple’s much-new-and-touted “nano-textured glass” plus a few other upgrades.

But first, what is this glass we speak of?

Here’s what Apple has to say about the nano-texture technology…

Here are the specs of the computer Matt unboxed and took apart for your education and enjoyment:

27-inch iMac with Nano-Textured Glass

  • Nano-texture glass
  • 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 4TB SSD storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet

I took the opportunity to ask Matt about the main differences between the two new 2020 models, and if he liked the fancy-schmancy glass option…

I think the most notable and interesting part of this machine is the Nano-Textured display. If I were to buy this iMac, I would personally purchase it with the display upgrade. The other winner is the GPU upgrade from last year’s model. It’s got a really nice performance bump, and 16GBs of VRAM is an awesome bonus.

OWC Matt G


You may want to skip this and watch the teardown video first. Your call.

—– Begin Spoiler Alert —-

The CPU is not soldered on. Does that mean it’s user-upgradable? Let’s ask Matt.

Het Matt, you mention in the video that the CPU isn’t soldered on. What is your thought on it being potentially upgradable? Is it something you would try?

I wouldn’t personally try it on mine if I were to buy one. But if you’re talking about OWC, in that case, I would very much enjoy testing that!

But price-wise, it’s not worth it. You can get the mid-tier 2020 iMac with the i9-10900, as well as a 512GB SSD. It’s also not worth the risk of damaging the system if you plan on purchasing a lower-tier CPU in the hopes of upgrading it to an i9 out of the box. There are too many fragile parts that could easily be damaged.

I really think that if there’s a good performance jump in future generations (like an i9-12900 whenever that releases), and you didn’t get a decked out 2020 iMac, it might be worth considering… If it works, that is.

—– End Spoiler Alert —–

And now, back to our previously scheduled program.

27-in iMac 5K (2020) with Nano-Textured Glass Unboxing

27-in iMac 5K (2020) with Nano-Textured Glass Teardown


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