iMac (Early 2009)


Family: iMac/eMac

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.5.6

Maximum OS: 10.10.4

Introduced: March 2009

Terminated: October 2009


CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (E8xxx)

CPU Speed: 2.66/2.93/3.06 GHz

CPU Cores: 2

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 1066 MHz

Register Width: 64-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 64-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 6 MB on-processor


RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM

Minimum RAM Speed: 1066 MHz

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 8.0 GB


Screen: 20/24" LCD

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 120


Max Resolution: 1680x1050/1920x1200

Video Out: Mini DisplayPort

Camera: iSight


Hard Drive: 320 GB/640 GB/1 TB 7200 RPM

ATA Bus: Serial-ATA

Optical Drive: 24x/24x/16x/8x/8x/6x/4x CD-RW/DVD±RW/DVD±R DL


USB: 4 2.0

Firewire: 1

Firewire800: 1

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono


Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T

Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR


Power: 280 Watts

Dimensions: 20.5" H x 22.4" W x 8.1" D

Weight: 25.4 lbs.


Both 2.66 GHz models used the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics chipset, which used a portion of main memory as VRAM. Though reported as a 256 MB graphics system, the chipset actually used up to 272 MB of RAM. The 20" model weighed 20 pounds, consumed 200 watts of power, and had the following dimensions: 18.5" H x 19.1" W x 7.4" D. The 24-inch, 3.06 GHz model had an NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 graphics chipset with 512MB of GDDR3 memory.

Introduced in March 2009, the iMac (Early 2009) was largely a speed-bump of the iMac (Early 2008), though it included a few architectural improvements as well. These included a Mini DisplayPort, faster memory, and better graphics chipsets. The iMac (Early 2009) shipped in 4 configurations: 20"/2.66 GHz/2 GB RAM/320 GB HD/256 MB VRAM/$1199, 24"/2.66 GHz/4 GB RAM/640 GB HD/256 MB VRAM/$1499, 24"/2.93 GHz/4 GB RAM/640 GB HD/256 MB VRAM/$1799, and 24"/3.06 GHz/4 GB RAM/1 TB HD/512 MB VRAM/$2199. Built-to-order options included up to 8 GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics chipset with 512MB GDDR3 of VRAM. All configurations were replaced in October 2009 by the iMac (Late 2009)

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.