27" 3,06GHz vs 27 tum: 2,66GHz QUAD

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  1. gambot macrumors newbie

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    Well i will order a new 27", got the old white 24" so i been waiting for a upgrade.

    How big is the difference on 27" and 27" i5 ? I dont work with photoshop but like to install windows to play a few games.
     
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  3. gambot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Grafic card is like 1 year old anyway?

    Looking to be able to play the new starwars online game.
     
  4. cardwizard macrumors member

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    is it really ? the i5 is "just" a mobile CPU i don't see why this is so much faster in games then a Core 2 Duo
     
  5. sleepyfloyd macrumors newbie

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    what if you don't play games? we do some semi-serious photography. will use iLife initially but eventually may upgrade to photoshop. Worth the extra $300 for i5, or $500 for i7?
     
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    Yes but it's good card

    It's NOT mobile card. It's 95W desktop CPU

    It's huge bump for 300$
     
  7. eelpout macrumors regular

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    see this link. I think the answer is possibly for the i5 and no for the i7.
     
  8. sleepyfloyd macrumors newbie

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    How about the bump between i5 and i7? worth the extra $200? I'm leaning towards i7 even though i'll have to wait even longer than i've already been waiting. Even though i don't know much about the technology, i know that we'll be keeping this computer for a very long time, and I'd rather spend a few extra hundred up front if it's going to make an appreciable difference...
     
  9. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    The 3.33 and 4850 should outperform the i5 for games ... for the most part.

    I looked at the quads and thought, okay, what software do I have that is core aware enough to matter?
     
  10. sleepyfloyd macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, that article was very helpful, and has me leaning towards the i5 for my needs.
     
  11. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    I would go with the i7. You get double the threads.
     
  12. shuffles macrumors 6502

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    I'm not a techy so I'm a bit confused about the quad core. Sorry if this is a stupid question but how come the first config of the 27' iMac is 3.06 ghz and the quad core is only 2.66ghz? Bear in mind, I don't know much about quad cores or if the ghz in a computer is the important part. I'm thinking of getting one and I'd love if someone explained it to me (without the snide remarks)? Is quad core a huge leap up? What will it do for the iMac?

    Also, another silly question but you see the wallpaper on the iMac on the Apple site of the earth from space? Where can I get that?

    Cheers.
     
  13. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    although not exactly like this, quad core is similar to having 4 processors. 4 processors at 2.66 GHZ is when implemented correctly better than 2 processors at 3.06 GHZ obviously.

    OS X does do a good job particularly in snow leopard of dealing with all these cores.

    I go for the quad core, but the other machine is solid too. however, quad core is fairly exciting. one must ask though, if you really need the speed.
     
  14. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

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    yeah will we get daily stuff done faster?

    i mean, opening applications, watching a video, doing multitasking ?

    or is it really for optimized applications like adobe premiere or photoshop ?

    we always seek stronger and faster processors but do we exploit them at their maximum ?

    a core 2 duo 3.06 Ghz should be already really fast right ?
     
  15. stever500 macrumors regular

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    This is a great thread. I'm the guy that has the 20 gig 512 mg of ram 7 year old Dell. I was all set to get the bottom of the line 24" iMac but waited till this new iMac came out. I'm looking at getting the base model machine as well, for $1699 - $100 for the educational discount. I can't really easily afford the more expensive quad core machines. Compared to my Dell, the 24" iMac was more than enough for me. I planned to keep it at least 10 years or until it died for good. Am I making a mistake planning to get this base model 27" machine and not spend the extra $300 for the quad core? All I do is surf, watch some videos online but not movies, email, type up word docs, excel spreadsheets now and then, and an occasional powerpoint presentation.

    Am I golden just getting the base model 27" iMac? Or ... go for the quad core, I'll be sorry I didn't in a few years?

    Also, is the back of the new machine the same cheap plastic that was on the 24"? Or is it... fast beating heart be still... actual aluminum like it looks like it is in the picture on the official Apple site? I noticed that the 27" are about 5 pounds heavier than the 24"ers were. That's kind of significant when you have to bring it in for service. Glad I'm not a little old lady and can lift something that heavy without a problem.

    Thanks,
    Steve R
     
  16. oldtime macrumors regular

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    If those are the only tasks you do w/ any frequency you will see zero difference between the two machines.
     
  17. stever500 macrumors regular

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    Sweet. You just saved me $300 AND a load of worry about which one to get. This board and the people on it, rock!

    Peace,
    Steve R
     

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