Purchasing Recommendation - Technical Mac Desktop

Article Purpose

The following recommendation is for purchasing a new Apple technical desktop computer. For most applications this equipment will have a minimum effective lifecycle of five (5) years before needing replacement.

Notice: Most individual computing needs can be accommodated with the Standard Workstation models. The Technical workstations are for power hungry applications like complex mathematical computations, extremely large AutoCAD renderings, or extensive video editing, and in many cases a standard workstation equipped with additional RAM (16 GB+) may perform better at less cost than a technical workstation. If you are unsure which model bests suits your needs please free to contact IT Services and the Desktop Team can provide you with a quote tailored for your specific needs.


  • iMac 27" Retina 5K (Standard)
  • Accessory Kit (Standard)


  • All-in-One (20.3"h x 25.6"w x 8.0"d; 21 lb.) (Standard)


  • Intel Quad-Core i7 Processor 4.00 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.2 GHz) w/6 MB L3 cache (Standard)
  • Intel Quad-Core i5 Processor 3.20 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz) w/6 MB L3 cache (Option)


  • 16.0 GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3 (2x8GB); four slots, user-accessible; supports up to 64 GB (Standard)
  • 8.0 GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3 (2x4GB - SO-DIMMs) (Option)
  • 32.0 GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3 (4x8GB - SO-DIMMs) (Option)

Graphics Card

  • AMD Radeon R9 M395 w/2 GB GDDR5 (Standard)
  • AMD Radeon R9 M395X w/4 GB GDDR5 (Option)

Hard Drive

  • 1.0 TB Fusion Drive (Standard)
  • 2.0 TB Fusion Drive (Option)
  • 3.0 TB Fusion Drive (Option)
  • 256 GB Flash Storage (Option)
  • 512 GB Flash Storage (Option)
  • 1.0 TB Flash Storage (Option)

Network Adapter

  • Integrated Gigabit (10/100/1000) (Standard)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11a/b/g/n compatible) (Standard)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)


  • Integrated 27" (5120x2880) Widescreen Retina 5K LED-backlit Flat Panel Display (Standard)

Operating System

  • Mac OS X, latest version (Standard)

Optical Drives

  • None (Standard)
  • Apple USB SuperDrive, external (Option)

Video Support

  • FaceTime HD camera (Standard)
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to two 4096-by-2160 external displays or one 5120-by-2880 dual-cable external display
  • Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes


  • Integrated Sound Card
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
    • Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone


  • Integrated stereo speakers (Standard)


  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Standard)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard (Option)


  • Apple USB Mouse (Standard)
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2 (Wireless Bluetooth) (Option)
  • Magic Trackpad 2 (Wireless Bluetooth) (Option)
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2 (Wireless Bluetooth) (Option)


  • Four (4) USB 2.0, one (1) SDXC card slot, two (2) Thunderbolt 2 ports with support for Mini DisplayPort, DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI via adapter (Standard)


  • APP for iMac, 3 year (Standard)

Environmental and Regulatory Standards

  • ENERGY STAR 6.1 (Standard)
  • EPEAT Gold (Standard)