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New iMacs are Fast. Really Fricken Fast.

I finally upgraded my home workstation to one of the new just-released iMacs, which are reported to be the fastest Macs ever by MacRumors. I concur! They are really really fast! For us rubyists, here are some benchmarks building Ruby VM on this machine using RVM (my home directory is on the SSD drive): Ruby 1.8.7 (14 seconds to download) real 1m20.815s user 0m48.298s sys 0m11.479s Ruby 1.8.7 Enterprise Edition (13 seconds to download) real 2m28.106s user 1m54.450s sys 0m14.372s Ruby 1.9.2 (download time 38 seconds) real 3m0.167s user 1m56.891s sys 0m19.959s Model Info: Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac12,2 Processor Name: Intel Core i7 Processor Speed: 3.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 4 L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB L3 Cache: 8 MB Memory: 8 GB