24 inch 2.8GHz v 24 inch 3.06GHz

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  1. Rigsby macrumors regular

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    I've been reading the 20 v 24 inch thread and wonder what people think of the differences between the two base 24 inch models.

    0.26GHz might not be worth £225 (US$450) but does the better video card and bigger standard HD make it worthwhile - or is it just a vanity model to persuade people to open their wallets a little bit wider.


    (As a total aside, typing in that processor speed reminded me that my first PC was had a mere 0.025GHz processor)
     
  2. MacFanatic08 macrumors member

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    If youu're going to be gaming, get the 3.06GHz.
     
  3. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    For the difference in processor speed, it is not worth that much, but what are your needs for graphics cards and Hard Drive storage, like what are your regular actions that might require a higher end graphics card or larger hard drive? And if you are a gamer, then the graphics card and processor speed might be helped by the 3.06, but if you are not, then my best suggestion would be the 2.8
     
  4. Rigsby thread starter macrumors regular

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    Lots (and I mean LOTS) of photos and photo editing, and a moderate amount of video editing.

    I also have to use Windows quite a lot for the freelance work I do, and while that runs quite nicely on my 2.16GHz MacBook I do rather resent the drive space that my VMs are taking up.
     
  5. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    I would see about upgrading the Hard Drive individually and see if you can get it for a cheaper price than the 3.06
     
  6. Phil A. Moderator

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    I went for the 3.06 with the 8800GS card and if I'm honest, the main reason I shelled out the extra money over the cost of a 2.8 + 8800GS BTO option was because it took the machine over the "magical" 3Ghz speed that Apple promised years ago for the G5s. I doubt very much that there is much real-world difference between the two processors but if you can afford it, why not? If not, then you will still be getting a very capable machine
     
  7. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    Ditto - I wanted the 3GHz label.
     
  8. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    I would have gone over 3Ghz if it was offered in Jan, but it wasn't so I have the 2.8. Still more than I need, but nice to have.
     
  9. MacFanatic08 macrumors member

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    The only issue with the 3.06GHz one is the HDD. I have had a ton of that model of HDD, and they always fail after about a month of use.
     
  10. kabunaru Guest

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    If you game a lot, games in the future might require minimum 3GHz speed. :rolleyes: That might make a difference in the decision.
     
  11. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    Not had any problems and it's been over a month:cool:
     
  12. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    Nothing much at all

    Its all bragging rights.
    the 200mhz wont even make that much of a difference in gaming
    my old amd gaming comp that is a dual core 2 ghz runs assassins creed at 40 frames on highest quality at 1280x1024 resolution with a 8600 gts 256 mb graphics card
     
  13. G-Force macrumors 6502a

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    2,8 GHz/8800GS or 3,06 GHz/8800 GS will be a difference of 5 FPS or so in games, maybe less. The 3,06 GHz just isn't that much faster than the 2,8 and it will certainly NOT last any longer than the 2,8 GHz.

    For that reason, I've ordered a 2,8 GHz/500 GB/8800 GS iMac last week. I still have to decide what to get with the saved money, 4 GB of memory or AppleCare. I think it will be extra memory. :)
     
  14. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

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    Why not build to order - get the 2.8 with a 8800 video card?

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  15. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    you cannot seriously say that the 200 MHz difference will give you 5 extra frames. lol, you would be lucky to see a 3 frame difference and more than commonly only see a 1 or 2 frame difference.
    seriously the 3 Ghz model is just bragging rights for apple because they finally got a 3 Ghz processor in their imac.

    Cant wait to see what apple will do when they get a 3 Ghz processor in the macbook pro
    Party Time!!!!!! :apple: :D
     
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    lol
    soz i'm a bit obsessive when it comes to specs :(
     
  18. macsander macrumors regular

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    I'm exactly in the same position, should I buy the 2.8 or 3.06 model, I would both configure them with the 8800GT GPU and a 750GB HDD.
    I think the difference must be noticeable right, especially in the future?
     
  19. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    In motion the future always is

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  20. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    Its a very small difference
    it takes a real big pc freak to see the difference
    in the future there wont be that much of a difference when it comes to speed differences
    in 3 years when you prob buy a new one there will be probably a 3 ghz octacore processors
    well maybe

    but most people buy the 3 ghz model just because it is reassuring that you have the fastest available model at the moment
     
  21. macsander macrumors regular

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    But the difference must be bigger than the difference between the 2.66ghz 20inch and the 24inch 2.8ghz, or am I wrong here?
     
  22. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    If you have the extra money buy the 3GHz. Think of all the extra cool things you can do with 200Mhz. It's also worth a few watts to upset the global warming crowd :)
     
  23. drober30 macrumors 6502a

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    I was facing the same decision. I decided to order online and get the 2.8 and upgrade the video card for $135 and the hard drive to a 500GB for $45.

    I don't think $180 is worth the 200 MHz

    Oh.... see my new thread... FedEx lost my iMac....
     
  24. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    I think if there was a CPU display program out there you would see that it may not be running a full speed any way, except rarely.
     
  25. G-Force macrumors 6502a

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    The difference is small, and will always be small. :) Nothing wrong with buying the 3.06 though, just not for the reason that it will last longer because it will not.
     

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