15" Core i5 vs Core i7

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  1. ibizarocks macrumors regular

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    Although i'm hardly impressed by the prices and specs of these 'new' machines I need one so I'm buying!

    Just need to know before I make the plunge. Is the i7 variant with the extra GPU ram really worth it? I would use the extra power in my work but I honestly need to know if I'd notice any difference as for a few seconds less waiting it would hardly justify the price.

    Thanks in advance guys
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Since you don't tell us anything about what you use your machine for, we can't help you.
     
  3. ibizarocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    ADOBE stuff from after effects to indesign
     
  4. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    <thread hijack>Same question – I use a Mac Pro for work, so would use this for gaming – is the extra ram on the GPU worth the price?</thread hijack>
     
  5. DdMac679 macrumors member

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    It is only a $200 price difference. I would go with the I7 and enjoy the extra power for long term use.
     
  6. sammich macrumors 601

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    GPU memory isn't a concern for gaming anymore. It might be a concern for non-gaming applications though.
     
  7. ibizarocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeh I am thinking that as I like to keep my laptops a minimum of 2-3 years. just don't want to pay the extra for something if technically it isn't worth it
     
  8. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    What is the difference between the i5 and i7? I read on google that there's not much a difference... Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  9. solarein macrumors regular

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    GPU memory isn't a concern anymore because modern GPUs come with 1GB or more standard.

    When the GPU memory is a paltry 256MB, it can be a big problem.
     
  10. ryanzec macrumors member

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    I too am wondering if the i7 is worth the +200 in the 17 inch model. the most intense thing I will be doing in game programming with Unity.
     

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