Apple iMac "Core i3" 3.06 21.5-Inch (Mid-2010) Specs
Identifiers: Mid-2010 - MC508LL/A - iMac11,2 - A1311 - 2389
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The iMac "Core i3" 3.06 21.5-Inch Aluminum (Mid-2010) is powered by a dual core 3.06 GHz Intel "Core i3" I3-540 (Clarkdale) processor with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and a 4 MB shared level 3 cache. In lieu of a system bus, it has a "Direct Media Interface" (DMI) that "connects between the processor and chipset" at 2.5 GT/s.
By default, it is configured with 4 GB of RAM (1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM), a 500 GB (7200 RPM) hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD±R DL "SuperDrive", and ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory.
It also has a built-in iSight video camera and built-in stereo speakers underneath the 21.5" glossy 16:9 LED-backlit TFT Active Matrix LCD (1920x1080 native) display "with IPS technology".
Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire "800" port, built-in AirPort Extreme, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as an audio capable Mini DisplayPort, which supports an external display up to 30" (2560x1600).
Externally, the "Mid-2010" iMac line uses the same "edge-to-edge" glass design and "seamless all aluminum enclosure" as the "Late 2009" models replaced. Internally, however, the "Mid-2010" line is equipped with faster processors, faster graphics processors, and faster memory, as well as support for the SDXC SD card format.
The "Mid-2010" iMac models include a compact aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard and a multi-touch "Magic Mouse," but for US$69 could be upgraded to include a multi-touch "Magic Trackpad" that "enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos" just like on Apple notebooks from the same era. An aluminum remote was offered for an additional US$19 as well.
- What are the differences between the "Mid-2010" Aluminum iMac models?
- How do the "Mid-2010" Aluminum iMac models compare to the "Late 2009" models that preceded them?
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||July 27, 2010
||May 3, 2011
||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 2010.
||1 (2 Cores)
|Geekbench 2 (32):
||Geekbench 2 (64):
||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 iMac11,2 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.
|Geekbench 3 (32):
||Geekbench 3 (32):
||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 iMac11,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
|Geekbench 3 (64):
||Geekbench 3 (64):
||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 iMac11,2 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.
||Core i3 (I3-540)
||This model is powered by a 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Core i3 "Clarkdale" processor with dual cores (two independent processor cores on a single silicon chip). Each core has two threads, for a total of four threads for the system, as well as a dedicated 256k level 2 cache. The processor cores share a 4 MB level 3 cache. It also supports Hyper Threading, but does not support "Turbo Boost" -- which "automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload" (so if an application is only using one of the two cores it will automatically increase the speed of the core in use and turn off the unused cores).
Also see: How much faster are the "Mid-2010" Aluminum iMac models than the "Late 2009" models?
|| Custom Speeds:
||LGA 1156 (Socket H)*
||*Officially, Apple provides no information about whether or not the processor in this model can be upgraded and the company does not intend for one to upgrade the processor either. However, this processor supports an FCLGA 1156 socket and it is possible to upgrade the processor to some extent.
Also see: Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the Aluminum iMac models?
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||3.06 GHz (Built-in)
||*This system has a "Direct Media Interface" (DMI) that "connects between the processor and chipset" in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 2.5 GT/s.
||256k (x 2), 4 MB
||Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 4 MB of shared level 3 cache.
||Min. RAM Speed:
||Supports 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in this Aluminum iMac model? How much RAM does it actually support?
||This model supports four 4 GB modules -- one in each slot for a maximum of 16 GB of memory.
||Radeon HD 4670
||This model has an ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory.
Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the Aluminum iMac systems? Is it upgradable?
||This model has 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 video memory.
||21.5" 16:9 Widescreen
||This model has a 21.5" glossy LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with "IPS technology" and a native resolution of 1920x1080. Apple also reports a "typical" brightness of 330 cd/m2, and viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the PPI is 102.
|2nd Display Support:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||Apple reports that this model simultaneously supports the native resolution of the built-in display and up-to a 30-inch external display (2560x1600).
|Standard Hard Drive:
||500 GB (7200 RPM)
||Int. HD Interface:
||Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
||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?
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In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this iMac.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this iMac.
||8X DL "SuperDrive"
||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."
Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a "Data Doubler" mounting kit that may be of interest. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the optical drive bay of this iMac.
||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?
|| Firewire Ports:
||Four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire "800" port (7 watts).
||SDXC SD Card
||In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and hand-picked accessories like external storage, stands, keyboards, cables, adapters, speakers, and more for this iMac.|
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||Apple Wireless Keyboard
||This model shipped with a small aluminum "ultrathin, compact wireless keyboard" (no numeric keypad) and a wireless "Magic Mouse", where the "entire top is a seamless multi-touch surface" that allows one to "navigate using intuitive finger gestures". As an optional US$69 upgrade, this model also could be configured with a "Magic Trackpad" that provides multi-touch input like on a recent Apple notebook.
Also see: How does the "ultra thin" keyboard provided with the "Aluminum" iMac models compare to a more traditional desktop keyboard? How does it feel?
||iMac (Late 2009)
||The external case used by the "Mid-2010" iMac models essentially is identical to the one introduced by the "Late 2009" line with "edge-to-edge glass" for the display and a "seamless all aluminum enclosure."
|Apple Order No:
||The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
|Apple Model No:
||A1311 (EMC 2389)
||Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1311 Model Number, the 2389 EMC Number, and the iMac11,2 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
||X 10.6.3 (10D2322a)
||*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion," OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," and OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" except for Power Nap and AirPlay Mirroring functionality (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or later). It also supports the last version of OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" -- including Mac-to-Mac AirDrop capability -- but no other advanced features are supported like Metal graphics acceleration. It is capable of running the forthcoming macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although precise feature support has yet to be released.
Please note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X 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".
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X El Capitan (10.11)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
||*Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 on this model. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
|MacOS 9 Support:
||Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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||17.75 x 20.8 x 7.42
||20.5 lbs. (9.3 kg)
||In inches - height by width by depth, (45.1 cm, 52.8 cm, 18.85 cm).
|Original Price (US):
||Est. Current Retail:
||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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