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Apple iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 GHz 17" 2006 Specs

iMac - MA590LL - iMac5,1 - A1208

About This iMac

2006 Saw another important switch in the iMac family. The introduction of Intel Core 2 Duo Processors replacing the PowerPC processors was attempted in this brand first and it was the first time an Apple computer had worked with an Intel Processor. The iMac released in 2006 had a 2.0 GHz Intel “Core 2 Duo” Processor (T7200). This was also the first time that the secondary display on the iMac was not just mirroring the primary display but also an extension of the primary screen from its mini-DVI port. It also came in a package with the Apple Mighty Mouse, a six-button Apple Remote as well as Apple “Front Row” a  predecessor to iTunes which provided a simple interface to play music, photo slideshows, DVDs and iMovies all these features were also controlled using the six button remote. USB 2.0 ports, FireWire ports, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR were included in the connectivity options of the device. It was packed with features that made it suitable for literally every type of user, ranging from formal, to informal. It was an iconic machine of its day.


The device was built with 160.0 GB Serial ATA (1.5Gb/s) hard drive storage with a disk speed of 7200 RPM.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    The iMac featured a 17 inch screen with TFT active matrix  LCD display and a native resolution of 1440×900.

      Inclusive Features

      The iMac includes the following features and ports:

      • A Power Adapter (100V-240V AC, 180 W maximum)
      • Standard AirPort Extreme (802.11g).
      • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
      • Two FireWire 400 ports
      • 1 Mini-DVI that supports both mirroring and extension.
      • Apple Remote
      • iSight Video Camera for video conferencing
      • Built-in Stereo Speakers

      Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

      The iMac had Mac OS X 10.4.7 (8K1106) pre-installed on it. This was the first iMac to be powered by an Intel “Core 2 Duo” processor with a processing speed of 2.0 GHz. Its graphics processor was the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128 MB of GDDR3 memory.

      Memory & Architecture

      The device was built with 4 MB on-chip level 2 cache with a frontside bus of 667 MHz and with 1 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM for its RAM.

       2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo

      1 GB

      160 GB Hard Drive



      Although the iMac came with 1 GB of RAM it could be upgraded up to 4 GB of RAM.

      The Operating System of the iMac can also be upgraded from its pre-installed Mac OS X 10.4.7 (8K1106) up to MacOS X 10.7.5. This iMac was also able to act as a host to Windows OS, mainly being Windows XP SP2 (32-Bit) and more recently Windows 7 (32-Bit).

      This iMac had the following dimensions of 43.0 cm, 42.6 cm, 17.3 cm and a weight of 15.5 lbs (7 kg).

      Introduced:  September 6, 2006

      Discontinued:  August 7, 2007

      Screen Size and Resolution


      Screen Size

      17 inches TFT

      Level 1 Cache




      Level 2/Level 3 Cache

      4 MB (on-chip)


      RAM Type

      PC2-5300 DDR2 


      1 (2 Cores)

      Min. RAM Speed

      667 MHz



      Standard RAM

      1 GB


      2.0 GHz

      Maximum RAM

      4 GB


      Core 2 Duo (T7200)

      RAM Slots


      Processor Upgrade

      ZIF Socket

      Motherboard RAM





      System Bus Speed

      667 MHz

      Video Card

      Radeon X1600 

      Cache Bus Speed

      2.0 GHz (Built-in)

      VRAM Type




      Standard VRAM

      128 MB

      EFI Architecture


      Maximum VRAM

      128 MB


      Inclusive Features and Ports

      Standard Storage

      160 GB HDD

      Standard Optical Drive

      8X DL “Super Drive”

      Storage Speed

      7200 RPM

      Standard Ethernet


      Storage Dimensions

      3.5” (26.10 mm)

      Standard Modem


      Storage Interface

      Serial ATA (1.5Gb/s)

      Standard Air Port



      Standard Bluetooth

      2.0+ EDR


      3.6V Lithium

      USB Port 2.0


      Battery Life


      FireWire (400)




      Apple Keyboard

      Case Type


      Inclusive Input

      Mighty Mouse

      Form Factor

      iMac Intel (White)

      S-Video Output


      Apple Order No



      1 (Built-in)

      Apple Subfamily

      Late 2006



      Apple Model Number

      A1208 (EMC 2114)

      Sound Out


      Model ID

      iMac 5.1

      Power Adapter


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