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

    Sep 28, 2012
    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

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
    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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