2.6 GHZ i7 mobile (Mini) CPU Vs Imac 2.9 ghz desktop i5??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Pie Chips Salad, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Pie Chips Salad macrumors member

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    I have been trying to decide between machines. I have think I decided on maybe the lower end 27 imac. I wanted to save a bit on the CPU and buy a pure ssd. I use my computer for Audio. But Im wondering...



    Is the 2.9ghz i5 Quad core comparable to the 2.6 ghz i7 Quad core. I have searched the forums but Im a little confused by the results. I know that the i7 supports hyperthreading etc, but generally mobile cpu's are less powerful.

    Are they about equal? The guy on the apple chat says he rekons the i5 has a bit more power.

    Im thinking the 2.9 ghz i5 might be a nice cpu to go for. The cost increase between 2.9 ghz i5 and 3.2 is prob not worth it to me. I don't need a great deal of graphics power either.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. wmy5 macrumors regular

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    The mobile i7 is way better and more power efficient for multi-thread work. With turbo-boost, even single-thread performance is on par with desktop i5. If you can stand integrated graphics, go with high-end Mac mini.
     

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