2010 i5 or 2009 i7 - are the the same??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kultschar, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. kultschar macrumors 6502a

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    Been offered a good price on a used 2.8 quad core i7 however for a little bit extra I can get a new 2.8 quad i5

    I will be running logic but not sure if the i5 is better, same or worse due to the drop in numbers
     
  2. Warbitrary macrumors regular

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    The processors will be equivalent for general computing tasks, but the i7 will be faster for video encoding, heavily multi-threaded tasks, and possibly running virtual machines (like Windows in Parallels).

    The Mid-2010 graphics card is 5-15% faster for most games.
     
  3. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    Logic

    If you run logic you want the i7.

    This is what you see as far as the processor meters with an i7 machine:

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    Whereas with the i5 you see four bars not eight. Logic spreads its workload across the four real and four virtual cores and you essentially have the
    capability of a quasi-8-core.
     

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