Apple iMac Core i3 3.2 27-Inch (Mid-2010)

An Attractive Option for Professionals and Casual Users Alike

The powerful iMac series of all-in-one desktop computers shines brightly in Apple’s lineup as yet another feat of versatility and performance. Arguably one of the most elegant, aesthetically pleasing desktops in existence, the iMac has since its genesis been an attractive option for professionals and casual users alike.

Available over the years in 17″, 20″, 24″, and more recently 21.5″ and 27″ display sizes, with screaming fast Intel processors, top-of-the-line consumer graphics options, and plenty of RAM and hard drive configurations, the iMac can be configured to excel at nearly any task.

From graphic design to programming, from video editing to writing, from business to photography, and — yes — even gaming! The iMac’s have more than enough display space that even the avid multitasker will feel at home, and its sheer speed and power won’t fail to please those engaged in intensive work or play. 

When the recent, tapered edge iMacs were released and Apple decided to forgo inclusion of an optical disk drive in further models, they also saw fit to make it significantly more difficult to upgrade the RAM and hard drive. However, this resulted in a far sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing case design.

Perfect for the home and the office, the iMac has seen heavy use in nearly every avenue of personal computing.

Stable, sleek, versatile — the iMac is yet another example of Apple’s transcendent, artfully engineered personal computers.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The iMac Core i3 3.2 27-Inch Aluminum (Mid-2010) is powered by a dual core 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 I3-550 (Clarkdale) processor with a 256k level 2 cache for each core and a 4 MB shared level 3 cache. Instead of a system bus, it has a Direct Media Interface (DMI) that connects between the processor and chipset at 2.5 GT/s.

It is configured with 4 GB of RAM (1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM), a 1 TB (7200 RPM) hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD±R DL SuperDrive, and ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory.

It has a built-in iSight video camera and built-in stereo speakers underneath the beautiful 27″ glossy 16:9 LED-backlit TFT Active Matrix LCD (2560×1440 native) display with IPS technology.

Connectivity includes a Firewire 800 port, four USB 2.0 ports, built-in AirPort Extreme, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as an audio capable Mini DisplayPort, which supports an external display up to 30″ (2560×1600).

The Mid-2010 iMac line uses the same edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure as the Late 2009 models. Internally, the Mid-2010 line is equipped with faster memory, faster processors, faster graphics processors, and support for the SDXC SD card format.


3.2 GHz Core i3 (I3-550)
4 GB 16 GB
Radeon HD 5670 GDDR3
Details: By default, this model has an ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics processor with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory. However, by custom configuration it also could be equipped with an ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
512 MB 512 MB
Details: By default, this model has 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 video memory. It also can be custom configured with an ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
27″ 16:9 Widescreen 2560×1440
Details: This model has a 27″ glossy LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with “IPS technology” and a native resolution of 2560×1440. Apple also reports a “typical” brightness of 375 cd/m2, and viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the PPI is 109.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: Apple reports that this model simultaneously supports the native resolution of the built-in display and up-to a 30-inch external display (2560×1600).
1 TB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
4 (2.0) 1 (800)
SDXC SD Card None
Details: As first documented by site sponsor OWC, this iMac has an extra 3 Gb/s Serial ATA connector and power for the optional SSD, but if one is not installed at the time the system is purchased the connector cables and mounting bracket are not present. Nevertheless, it is possible to install a 2.5″ SSD in addition to the hard drive if an SSD is not installed initially it’s just a bit of a “hack.”
Apple Wireless Keyboard Magic Mouse
All-in-One iMac (Late 2009)
MC510LL/A Mid-2010
A1312 (EMC 2390) iMac11,3
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1312 Model Number, the 2390 EMC Number, and the iMac11,3 Model Identifier.
X 10.6.3 (10D2322a) Current
Original Price (US): $1699

Rating overview

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Good 4.7

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