2010 i5 27" or 2009 i7 27"?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Meever, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Take the i7. Better CPU for the same price and a better card.

    Although if you care for GPU memory size, better GDDR5 speeds, 40nm fab, and DX11 when gaming in Windows, get the i5. The i5 is the same as the i7, except the i5 lacks Hyperthreading. Tests show, the i5 is better suited for today and the future when it comes to mild multi-threading and single threading tasks.
  3. beerglass007 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Better card ?

    The GPU in the 2009 i7 isn't better than the 2010 i5 card ?
  4. bobbytomorow macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2007
    Left Coast
    They benchmark pretty close, although the 4850 512MB actually benchmarks slightly faster albeit by a small margin. The 5750 has some better features though to make up for the slightly slower performance like 1GB RAM, lower power consumption, dx11 etc...
  5. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    The only reason for the mobility 5850 to benchmark lower than the mobility 4850 would be that it had GDDR3 or DDR3 vram instead of GDDR5. GDDR5 provides twice the throughput as GDDR3, you could call it pseudo quad data rate ram-- which doubles the gpu's memory bandwidth, making up for its 128 bit bus instead of the 256bit bus the mobility 4850 has.
  6. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    get the i7. you're going to want more cores at some point!

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