2011 Macbook Pro 13" i7 vs 2009 IMac 24" 2.66GHz

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ipramono, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. ipramono macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Is the new 2011 Macbook Pro 13" i7 perform better with then early 2009 iMac 24" with 2.66GHz? I think the MBP is better. I just a little bit confused with the 4MB shared L3 cache vs 6MB shared L2 cache. Please advise. I am thinking to upgrade my imac to the new 13" MBP + 27" Apple monitor

    This is the side by side comparison:
    2011 MACBOOK PRO 13" i7
    2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor
    4MB shared L3 cache
    4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

    EARLY 2009 IMAC 24"
    2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    6MB shared L2 cache at full processor speed
    4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

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    The MBP will definitely outperform the iMac, although the only suggestion I would make is to buy a 7200 RPM hard drive and install that for more desktop-like load speeds, etc. Or if you don't need a ton of space and can spare the extra money, get the 128GB SSD. I wouldn't worry much about the processor cache, the i5 will be faster either way.
     

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