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Apple iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 20-Inch (Early 2008) Specs

Identifiers: Early 2008 - MB323LL/A - iMac8,1 - A1224 - 2210

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Apple iMac Intel AluminumThe iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 20-Inch Aluminum (Early 2008/Penryn) features a 2.4 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (E8135), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz system bus, 1 GB of RAM (800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, PC2-6400), a 250 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD±R DL "SuperDrive", ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics acceleration with 128 MB of GDDR3 memory, a built-in iSight video camera, and built-in stereo speakers underneath the 20" glossy TFT Active Matrix LCD (1680x1050 native) display.

Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire "400" port and a Firewire "800" port, built-in AirPort Extreme, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as mini-DVI, which supports an external display in "extended desktop" mode.

Externally, the iMac "Core 2 Duo" Aluminum (Early 2008/Penryn) models essentially are the same as the original Aluminum models that these replaced, with the same housing and glass cover that "joins precisely to the aluminum enclosure creating a virtually seamless front surface". The Early 2008/Penryn models, likewise, are paired with the same "ultra-thin alumium" Apple Keyboard (0.33 inches at the front edge).

Internally, however, the "Early 2008/Penryn" revision of the "Aluminum Core 2 Duo" models have faster and more energy-efficient 45 nm "Penryn" processors -- compared to 65 nm "Merom" processors in the original "Aluminum" models -- larger level 2 caches (6 MB compared to 4 MB), faster frontside buses (1066 MHz compared to 800 MHz), and faster memory (PC2-6400 compared to PC2-5300). Some configurations shipped with more default memory as well.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the "Early 2008/Penryn" Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models?
  • How do the "Early 2008/Penryn" Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models compare to the original Aluminum models that preceded them?

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April 28, 2008 March 3, 2009
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2008.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
3334 3705
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the iMac8,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1344 2394
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the iMac8,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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1426 2377
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the iMac8,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (E8135)
Details: All Intel "Core 2 Duo" processors include two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.

Also see: How much faster are the "Early 2008/Penryn" Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo models than the original Aluminum models?
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
ZIF Socket Integrated
Details: Also see: Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the Aluminum iMac models?
1066 MHz 2.4 GHz (Built-in)
Details: 1066 MHz frontside bus.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k 6 MB (on chip)
Details: Includes a 6 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC2-6400 DDR2 800 MHz
Details: Supports 800 MHz PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM (200-pin SO-DIMM).

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in this Aluminum iMac model? How much RAM does it actually support?
1 GB 6 GB*
Details: By default, 1 GB of RAM was installed as a single SO-DIMM module. One slot free.

*Apple officially supports 4 GB of RAM, but third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 6 GB of RAM using one 2 GB and one 4 GB SO-DIMM module.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this iMac.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: This model supports two 2 GB modules -- one in each slot for a maximum of 4 GB of memory.
Radeon HD 2400 XT GDDR3
Details: ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics processor -- using PCI Express -- with 128 MB of GDDR3 video memory.

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the Aluminum iMac systems? Is it upgradable?
128 MB 128 MB
Details: N/A
20.0" Widescreen 1680x1050
Details: This model has a 20.0" "glossy" TFT widescreen active matrix display with a native resolution of 1680x1050. Apple also reports a "typical" brightness of 290 cd/m2, contrast ratio of 800:1, and viewing angle of 160 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical.

Also see: What are the differences between the displays used in the Intel-based "Aluminum" and "White" iMac models? What is the viewable angle and the brightness of each?
Dual/Mirroring 1920x1200*
Details: Apple reports that this model supports "digital resolutions up to 1920x1200" and "analog resolutions up to 2048x1536".
250 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details: 320 GB and 500 GB Serial ATA hard drives also were available by custom configuration.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the Aluminum iMac models? What type of hard drive do they support? Can you swap the hard drive for an SSD?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this iMac.

In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this iMac.

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8X DL "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that the slot-loading 8X "SuperDrive" with 4X double-layer burning (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) "writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW at up to 6x and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 24x speed."

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models? Which can read and write dual-layer DVDs?
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: An external Apple USB Modem was available for US$49.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.

Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
3 (2.0) 1 (400), 1 (800)
Details: Three USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire "400" port, and one Firewire "800" port (7 watts each). Apple advertises that this system has "five" USB 2.0 ports, counting three on the system and two on the keyboard.
None None
Details: N/A
Apple Aluminum Keyboard Mighty Mouse
Details: This model shipped with an "ultra-thin aluminum" Apple Keyboard (0.33 inches at the front edge) based on the polarizing keyboard design introduced with the MacBook. It also shipped with an Apple Remote.

Also see: How does the "ultra thin" keyboard provided with the "Aluminum" iMac Core 2 Duo models compare to a more traditional desktop keyboard? How does it feel?
All-in-One iMac Core 2 Duo (Al)
Details: All-in-one "aluminum and glass" enclosure on an aluminum stand.
MB323LL/A Early 2008
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.

Apple formally refers to this system as a member of the "Early 2008" series but users commonly call it "Penryn" referring to Intel's procesor type.
A1224 (EMC 2210) iMac8,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1224 Model Number, the 2210 EMC Number, and the iMac8,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
X 10.5.2 (9C2028) Current*
Details: *This system can run the current version of OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" -- as well as the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" -- if upgraded to at least 2 GB of RAM, including booting in 64-bit mode. However, it does not support OpenCL nor does it support AirDrop, AirPlay Mirroring (which also requires a 2nd Gen or later Apple TV), Power Nap, or other advanced features.

Please note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X -- like Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite -- are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the "Rosetta" environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or earlier.

Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X Yosemite (10.10)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (32-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit version of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
None Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
18.5 x 19.1 x 7.4 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (46.9 cm, 48.5 cm, 18.9 cm).
US$1199 US$575-US$650
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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1 (mini-DVI) None
Details: Supports external display in dual display and mirroring modes. VGA output supported by optional Apple DVI-to-VGA adapter (sold separately).
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
3 (2.0) 1 (400), 1 (800)
Details: Three USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire "400" port, and one Firewire "800" port (7 watts each). Apple advertises that this system has "five" USB 2.0 ports, counting three on the system and two on the keyboard.
None 1 (RJ-45)
Details: No internal modem. External Apple USB modem offered for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
None None*
Details: S-Video output capable with adapter, sold separately.
1 (Built-in) 1
Details: One "audio line in/optical digital audio output (minijack)."
1 1
Details: Single shared "headphone/optical digital audio output".
1 None
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: 100V-240V, 200W maximum for 20-Inch models, 280W maximum for 24-Inch models.



Global original prices for the iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 20-Inch (Early 2008) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$1299 US$1199

Original Prices - Europe

€999 €999
DKK 7,999 €999
€999 €999
€999 €999
€999 NOK 8.790
€999 €999
SEK 9.995 CHF 1'499
£799

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 10,698 HK$9,400
¥139,800 S$1,888
NT$40,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$1599 NZ$1899


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