Originally Posted by seanm9
But they don't have the same clock speed, and the turbo boost widens the gap, that being said the i5 should be fast enough for most everyone, but for some the 200 MHz (300 MHz turbo) speed bump will be worth the upgrade price (especially if they buy the Mac thru the educational channel)... and for apps that use hyperthreading the upgrade will be well worth it.
Agreed on the clock speed, I actually asked in my post if that's what he was referring to. But in games that seems to hardly make a difference (see the links in this thread), hence no real gap in my eyes.
As for other applications that make use of the i7, there are probably many, none of which I personally have use for. Those are programs where users with special applications can gain an advantage.
The small clock boost wasn't worth the price to me, given my personal ise of my iMac. I wouldn't have gained any advantage or noticeable speed that way. Honestly, before I got my Mac two days ago and when I was reading through the 680MX thread, where everyone went with the i7 I got some really irrational doubts myself, even though I had read a lot about i5 and i7 and was even hoping I wouldn't have to switch. Fortunately, the i5 delivers the same gaming results as far as I can tell, and that's where it counts. Resell value and future proofing never were up for discussion in that regard, because it does not make a difference whether I invest 2500 and sell for 1800 or buy for 2700 and sell for 2000 - not exact numbers, obviously ; ). Of course, if somebody wants an i7 for a good reason or for no reason at all, I won't give any unsolicited advice on whether they should or should not ; )