New iMacs Include The Unreleased Intel Z68 Chipset

Posted May 4, 2011

Yesterday Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced a new line of iMacs computers that have Thunderbolt I/O technology and new FaceTime HD cameras. decided to do a tear-down of the computer and take a deeper look to see what is inside. What was discovered by iFixit is that inside of the iMacs are the Intel Z68 chipset that has not been released yet.

This allows a faster solid-state drive caching performance. It is expected that Intel is going to debut the Intel Z68 chipset for Sandy Bridge 1155 next week on May 11th.

The Z68 chipset allows solid-state drive data caching when a system runs on either a hybrid SSD/traditional drive or a combination of a SSD and a traditional drive in the same computer according to AppleInsider. Both of Apple’s new iMacs have the option to order a 256GB solid state drive.