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.
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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.
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And now, back to our previously scheduled program.