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


    Oct 23, 2006
    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


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    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


    Jul 5, 2004
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    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


    Oct 23, 2006
    Very helpful information, thank you. I went with the 2.3 i7, and spent money on SSDs instead.


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

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