- Jun 15, 2016
Looking at the i7 and i9 with similar specs (5500m 8gb, 1tb) ends up costing a $100 difference. However, one concern is thermal performance in macOS and Windows (boot-camp). Would there be a measurable benefit to the i7 running cooler in theory due to lower core count, thus resulting in better performance for some applications / scenarios? Or is it essentially a wash? I couldn't find anything directly looking at this scenario. The cost difference for my situation isn't the issue, just wondering if long acting loads (boot-camp games / longer renders) would be better under the 6-core. My understanding is that they're both hyperthreading as well.