2.6 Ghz i7 over 2.3 Ghz i7 worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by koobcamuk, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

    koobcamuk

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    Is it worth getting the 2.6 Ghz i7 over the 2.3 Ghz i7 Mac Mini?

    All other things being equal, 16GB RAM, SSD, etc, would there be a noticeable performance boost when using lightroom 5 (D800E raw files)?

    Comments appreciated.
     
  2. garirry macrumors 68000

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    The speed difference is very minor and you will not notice a very strong difference. I checked the processor's benchmarks and there they are:
    2.6 GHz: 12657
    2.3 GHz: 11685
    i5 Mac: 5718
    If these numbers don't mean anything to you, then I recommend not spending money on the extra .3 GHz because there is no point in that. Getting a Core i7 instead of i5 is a very good choice because the performance is double than the i5. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Luap macrumors 65816

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  4. blanka macrumors 68000

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    I think you have more performance boost on D800E raw files by using NX2 than by adding 0.3 Ghz.
    If you use a D800E what it is good at: competing with system/large format camera's on architecture, product, fashion shots, invest in NX2. It will pull much more out of the raw files than Lightroom can do. If you do things a D800E is not good at: like news or weddings: trade it for the new D810. It will have sRAW, and allows you to shoot on 16megapixels on the high-speed crap shots. That will decrease processing time by a 55% instead of the meagre 10% the 2.6 offers.
     
  5. koobcamuk thread starter macrumors 68040

    koobcamuk

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    Very helpful information, thank you. I went with the 2.3 i7, and spent money on SSDs instead.

    http://cl.ly/image/3Z461F2M3v3c/WP_20140612_15_49_39_Pro.jpg

    The forums are a mess, and I wanted answers specifically for the D800E, but thanks.
     

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