21/27 performance difference

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stefan109, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. stefan109 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010

    I've tried to search around a fair bit to find out the answer, but alas I have had to turn to here for advice :D

    Does anyone know, either through opinion or benchmarks, what kind of performance difference I can expect for casual gaming (think Minecraft, etc.) from the 21" w/ 750m and the 27" w/ 755m? I'm looking to see whether the higher native res of the 27" really does have a noticeable impact on performance levels..

  2. super tomtendo macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009
    Of course their will be a difference. 27 inch a lot more powerful and more future proof (RAM user-upgradable, 21 is not)
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I wouldn't really agree. The i7 in the 21.5" (i7-4770S) outperforms the i5-4570 (3.2GHz) in the 27" because the i7 has hyperthreading.
  4. matw01 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    Well seen as the upgraded imac with the 750m doesn't have an i7 that doesn't really apply. You can upgrade the 27" with an i7 too
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The OP was thinking about the low end 27" with GT755M (refer to his original post). That isn't upgradeable to the i7-4771.

    So I'm comparing the high-end 21.5" with i7 with the low end 27" the OP was thinking of.
  6. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Why are you guys talking about the CPU? The CPU has a minimal impact on gaming which was what the OP wanted to know. The OP clearly stated he/she wanted to know how the GT755M in the 27" would handle the 27" native resolution compared to how GT750M in the 21.5" would handle the 21.5" native resolution.
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Super Tomtendo said about power (which includes CPU) being far better in the 27". I was just replying to his statement.
  8. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Without knowing any other details…

    There’s very little difference between the 750m and 755m in iMacs, the latter is a little faster. Although I would expect the native resolution performance of the 21” model to be slightly better, my gut feeling it would be negligible in casual gaming (using Minecraft as an example) – also, reducing the 27”’s resolution wouldn’t be a problem, I feel,

    Minecraft doesn’t exactly require much in terms of power to max out the graphics – there have been various discussion here in the past about performance and far older, less specced machines performed brilliant – and I suspect performance would be roughly equal.

    Hyperthreading doesn’t help games (albeit in a very few isolated examples, I believe) and in some cases, IIRC, can be reduced performance ever so slightly – although that isn’t a cause for concern.

    If the OP’s main concern is how well casual games play, I doubt that they’ll be using too many apps that would benefit from hyperthreading – but I could be wrong!
  9. CH12671 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2013
    Southern US
    21.5 inch 1080p > 750m vs 1440p > 755m is probably a wash. The slightly faster GPU has to render more pixels. My son's mini with intel 4000 integrated gpu runs minecraft just fine at 1080p over hdmi. I'm quite sure either computer will work great....you just need to decide how much $$ you want to spend, vs what else you want to do with it.

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